Halifax was the perfect place for a solo escape.
I’ve written before about 5 travel splurges that were worth every penny. Sometimes having a splurge is the best possible value – it creates a memory or an experience that becomes the highlight of a trip.
Recently, I heard people on Twitter chatting about #ChardonnayDay and I had an instant flashback to one of my favourite travel splurges that was a chardonnay soaked experience!
Jo from Frugal First Class Travel shows us what the locals love in Sydney
Vanessa is visiting Sydney later this year on her Around the World trip and I’m keen to show her my adopted city has much to offer beyond the well worn tourist path.
Sydney is notoriously expensive (even for those of us who live here), and I know she’s on a coffee can budget, so I’ve found Vanessa a range of great activities that won’t break the budget. I’m recommending activities and locations that are all easily reached by public transport (using a mixture of buses, ferries and trains) and that can be enjoyed regardless of your budget.
La Favorita had disappointing food, horrible service - and a dirty cash grabbing trick.
As a travel blogger, one of the best parts of my job is enjoying a wide range of experiences –trips, festivals, museums, restaurants, and parks – and sharing them with my readers. I take pride in painting a vivid picture so others can relive my experiences, and it’s a job I don’t take lightly.
As a member of the Blog with Integrity program, I aim to be fair, impartial, transparent, and honest in my reviews. I am positive and upbeat while still giving an accurate and unbiased review. Thus far, I've been very fortunate to have had many positive experiences and it’s with a heavy heart to report on a negative one.
Cold Vines, Warm Hearts - Ottawa has Wine!
Paul and Debbie LeBlanc's passion for Smokie Ridge Vineyard is obvious as soon as you meet them. Their vision, their enthusiasm, and their dedication is inspiring - but what on earth are they doing growing grapes and making wine in Ottawa of all places?
Ottawa's Own International Dessert Festival!
On Wed, May 8, 2013 I was pleased to be part of the Ottawa Mommy’s Club delegation to the Ottawa Desserts of the World Festival.
I’m dedicating the month of May to rediscovering my hometown and I figured, while it might be a real tough gig, I was up to the task of researching and reviewing desserts!
A New Festival for a Great Cause
In its inaugural year, the Desserts of the Word Festival promises to be a yearly celebration that’s a perfect to kick off Mother’s Day weekend, with desserts from Canada, France, Lebanon, China, Africa, Italy, Israel, and India.
Proceeds from the event were benefiting St. Mary’s Home, a social support organization that provides programs and opportunities for teenage parents.
What Are Your Favourite Things About Toronto?
Diary Note, May 2012: It’s TBEX time! The travel blogging community and the travel industry are anxiously awaiting the chance to meet face to face at the end of May and you couldn’t ask for a better host community than Toronto. Here are 5 things I love about this buzzing metropolis (and three that I don’t).
Zen Kitchen - The Venue
A sign of an excellent restaurant is when it doesn’t have any hyphenation. You’re not describing a good Italian restaurant or a good Chinese restaurant – it’s just good, good food.
This is absolutely the case with Zen Kitchen. It’s vegan, it does gluten free, raw, and healthy. But it’s just damn good food!
Zen Kitchen has a passion for local ingredients and working with local producers and, when the chef visited our table to chat, we learned that they even make their own preserves every summer. That’s dedicated!
Tulip Fest is Ottawa's most beautiful event
May is a special month in my hometown of Ottawa. The month kicks off with several weeks of celebrations and fun with the Tulip Festival, culminates with the largest race weekend in North America, and has tons of special events sprinkled throughout.
An Historical Friendship Lives On
Tulip Fest is more than beautiful weather and beautiful tulips. Tulip Fest celebrates Canada’s role in liberating the Dutch in World War II and is a symbol of ongoing friendship between the two nations.
Ottawa was also the host community of the exiled Dutch Royal family during the war, and Princess Margriet was born to Princess Juliana in the Ottawa Civic Hospital.
As a sign of gratitude and appreciation, Princess Juliana presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in 1945 and a lasting tradition and celebration were born.
Union Local 613 brings Southern-inspired cuisine to Ottawa
Union Local 613- The Venue
Union Local 613 is part of a lively restaurant scene renovation in the heart of Ottawa’s Centretown that I've been wanting to check out for quite some time. It seems everyone is talking about this place! Its upbeat atmosphere has a fun feel and the combination of booths, tables, and a bit of communal seating has a laid back, relaxing vibe.
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