I used to think that Ottawa held the prize for being utterly tulip obsessed. Our Tulip Festival is an annual rite of passage to celebrate our survival through winter and the long anticipated arrival of spring. But our tulip obsession is downright subdued compared to what you'll find in Amsterdam! I had long known that tulips were the national symbol of The Netherlands but nothing could prepare me for just how tulip-mad people are in Amsterdam.
Join me for a no-shame, no-judgement, cheese-aholic's tour of Norfolk County.
There’s an old saying that you should never trust anyone who doesn't love chocolate – and I think that should be extended to cheese as well! Fortunately, I had absolutely nothing to worry about in Norfolk County, Ontario. This is a part of Canada that gets food; they really, really get it. It’s so inspiring to see how the farmers, fishers, restaurateurs, and small businesses work together in mutual support. They aren't just paying lip service to the trend of local food – they live it every day. And at the heart of this is cheese. A lot of it. Norfolkers appreciate good eating and it's the perfect place for a no-shame, no-judgement cheese-aholic tour!
Welcome to the latest installment of the "Save, Splurge, Steal" interview series. Getting great value when I travel is always such a fun challenge for me and I love to learn how other people get the best possible experience for their available time and money. I'm asking top travel bloggers to share their expertise and I hope you enjoy their responses as much as I do!
Meet Zofia from ThePicktures.net
We've never had a hotel quite like this one.
As we stood basking in the neon glow of the electric orange paint, key card in hand, I shot Ryan a sharp look. “Promise me”, I said, “Promise me that whatever’s behind this door you’ll give me your usual, cheerful ‘Oh, now this isn’t so bad!’”.
With a whoosh, we slid the key card through the slot and stepped into our hotel room. Ryan’s face fell. “Oh”, he said flatly, “This isn’t so bad?” And with that dubious and doubtful start we began the first of four days inside an EasyHotel.
I didn't know what to expect in Athens...
There are some cities that need no introduction. Cites like Paris, New York, and Rome, whose character and culture and cuisine is so well known, so exhaustively represented and reproduced that most travelers have formed their opinions long before they ever visit. But Athens was no such city for me.
I visited Athens with only the vaguest snippets of rumor and conjecture floating around in my head, with whispers of crazy traffic and urban chaos, all with the slightest suggestion of a city gone slightly to seed in the wake of the country's recent economic crisis. But try as I may, I couldn't come up with a clear vision of what Athens would be like, what it would look like, what it would sound, smell, and even taste like. And therefore I was utterly caught off guard when Aphrodite sprinkled her magic dust and I fell in love with the city.