Less stress, more sunsets - here's what you need for every trip (and not a thing more!)
I’m a list maker, there’s no other way to put it - and travel goes hand in hand with lists! But I have to admit I sometimes have a tendency to get too bogged down in the details – after all, travel is about dreaming as much as it is about planning!
So where is that fine line between being organized and prepared and worrying too much? How can you pare down a list of 100 things you ought to do (but don't always need to do?) Whether you’re a spontaneous, last minute traveler or a compulsive planner who needs to focus on what’s really essential, here’s my ultimate check list of the top 7 things – the only 7 – you need to think about before you go out the door.
Our 200 meter challenge reveals a little known tribute... just footsteps next to one of the most famous memorials in the world.
In Lucy Maud Montgomery's final book in the "Anne" series, "Rilla of Ingleside", she describes the battle of Vimy Ridge in breathless, agonizing tones:
The moon sank lower into a black cloud in the west, the Glen went out in an eclipse of sudden shadow—and thousands of miles away the Canadian boys in khaki—the living and the dead—were in possession of Vimy Ridge.
Vimy Ridge is a name written in crimson and gold on the Canadian annals of the Great War. "The British couldn't take it and the French couldn't take it," said a German prisoner to his captors, "but you Canadians are such fools that you don't know when a place can't be taken!"
So the "fools" took it—and paid the price.
"Rilla of Ingleside" is a historian's dream. The only piece of fiction written by a Canadian woman about her contemporaries during World War I, "Rilla" captures domestic life during a time of war in rich, painstaking detail.
But Montgomery got one detail wrong. Vimy Ridge HAD been captured before. And you won't believe by who.
Here's what's making May a happy month for me.
On the road in Turkey
I'm writing this from my hotel room in Istanbul and it's shortly approaching midnight. I've been on the go since 7:00am and the day has included a palace, a market, climbing WAY up to get great views of the city (twice!), two huge meals, traditional painting, and a rather dramatic thunder and lightning storm. I'm due to get up at 4:00am to catch a flight to the city of Riza for another full day of travel. And it's awesome!
Kangaroos and Koalas? What Could Be Better?
You don't have to be an outdoorsy person to fall in love with baby rescued animals! Even the most nature averse person can't help but melt when confronted with a small and cuddly critter! Our recent visit to Australia provided us with the chance to meet some of the most unusual animals we'd ever seen and we were grateful for the opportunity to see a different side of the country after spending so much time in Sydney.
A bog in the heart of the city? Mer Bleue is Ottawa's best secret hike.
Plants from the Arctic tundra, a secret "sea" left over from the ice age, and one of the rarest micro-climates in Canada? You can find it all on the outskirts of Ottawa and - even better - it's completely free and accessible to visit! The Mer Bleue Bog is one of my favourite places in the city and I guarantee you won't find it listed in any guide book. Let me tell you what makes this place so special and why it should be on every visitor's bucket list.
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