Australian Sweet Treats to Savour
Tim Tams and travel? Yes please! These are the best desserts in Australia for travelers to try.
TurnipseedTravel is thrilled to welcome back Jo from Frugal First Class Travel for a second guest post. Her first contribution, Beyond Bondi Beach: An Insider's Guide to Sydney, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at this iconic city. Now Jo helps us explore a topic dear to my heart....
AUSTRALIAN SWEET TREATS TO SAVOUR
Anyone who reads Turnipseed Travel regularly will know Vanessa has a sweet tooth. I doubt she’s met a brownie she didn't like. Now down here in Australia, we don’t have a strong brownie culture, so to stop Vanessa going into withdrawals I’ve come up with a list of true Aussie delights to tempt her taste buds. As always, I’m conscious of her coffeecan budget, so everything I've chosen won’t break the budget. Oh, and by the way, they are all easily found in supermarkets, cafes or bakeries (except the Haigh’s chocs, which are well worth the trip!)
Life's A Bowl of Cherries in Traverse City
Planning to travel to Traverse City, Michigan? You're in for a cherry good time! These are Traverse City's best experiences and attractions (all delicious and delightful!)
Just how crazy are the residents of Traverse City when it comes to cherries? A good benchmark is the legendary National Cherry Festival of Traverse City, Michigan, takes place every July. With more than 150 events happening in this charming small city - many with gorgeous views of Lake Michigan - it's a fun, family friendly, and delicious occasion. But cherry lovers who can't make a visit in July will still find plenty of sweet treats year round in Traverse City. We sure did! And we found that the Traverse City hotels and restaurants are just as enamored with cherries as we are.
Here are 5 of our favourite cherry experiences.
No city is filled with hope and expectations quite like the French capital. These are my tips for your first time in Paris.
You can hardly click on a Pinterest board without seeing something that says “Paris Is Always A Good Choice”. I have to say, I’m inclined to agree! I've been to Paris 6 times and I just love it. There’s a reason Paris makes it onto every bucket list, why even non-travelers are enamored with the City of Lights. Just imagine - the food, the fashion, the history, and the beauty. But Paris also has many detractors - is it too busy, too expensive, or too snobby? Which side of Paris can you expect during your first visit? If it's going to be your first time in Paris, here are some tips to make the best of it.
Travel to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and discover a mighty Maritime spirit!
Charming Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This designation protects the town's rare architecture and civic design, which is one of the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada. The renowned racing schooner, The Bluenose (and it's successors) was built in the Lunenburg ship building docks.
Together with it's equally charming neighbour, Mahone's Bay, Lunenburg is a beautiful day trip from Halifax or the perfect place for a weekend escape. We try to visit Lunenburg every time we visit Nova Scotia and, as you can tell, indulge in many opportunities to practice our photography skills!
Riding the Rails, Feeding the Soul.
Our cross-Ontario train trip with Via Rail
The expression "the wrong side of the tracks" surely wasn't coined in Canada. The sun is slowly setting as I make my way from Montreal to Toronto on Via Rail, bathing the track-side backyards in a rosy glow. I catch glimpses of everyday life, with flashes of swimming pools, swing sets, huge trees that must be hundreds of years old, and all kinds of gardens - big and small, wild and prim, wild tangles of tomatoes and obedient stalks of Swiss chard. Between it all are tantalizing glimpses of Lake Ontario, looking like the Atlantic Ocean, an endless swath of blue.
I spot an elderly man expertly reclining in an old-fashioned rocking chair that seems older than he is. He delivers a cheerful wave. He's content. Clearly train watching is a hobby of his, maybe even a calling. It's evident there's nothing he'd rather do than watch the world and the trains roll by. This is a Canada that many people might imagine no longer exists, but it does, and it thrives, thanks to Via Rail.
Hotel Review: Grand Traverse Resort
The perfect base for a Traverse City trip.
As a value focused travel writer, I have to admit that my work doesn't often focus on resorts. Maybe I like to be creative and try things not usually included in resort packages, or maybe I’m worried that the word resort is often synonymous with add-ons and optional purchases. Either way, it was high time that I stopped assuming and started experiencing and I was eager to put my first resort to the value test. We headed to Traverse City, Michigan, to experience the Grand Traverse Resort first hand.
Simcoe's foodie offerings are sensational! You have to check out The Combine restaurant when you go.
It’s 6:00 pm on an ordinary September Wednesday night and the restaurant is packed; buzzing in fact, and reservations and tables are juggled with the delicate hand of the hostess. It’s a scene that would be more fitting in Toronto or Montreal late on a Friday night, but it’s happening in the heart of humble Simcoe, in Ontario’s Norfolk County.
Norfolk County is reputed as Canada’s finest farm land, but it isn't resting on its laurels. Lavender, ginseng, heritage beef, peanuts, and hops are all taking their place beside traditional crops and restaurants are embracing produce old and new to make the farm-to-table movement less of a trend and more of a lifestyle.
Travel Value All Stars: Food Trucks
Just wait till you see what I'm eating on the road these days! Food trucks are the perfect way to get great value when you travel.
I've recently become a convert to eating at food trucks when I travel. It all started at the Aloha Swap Meet in Honolulu, where I joined a mysterious long line at an unmarked white van, only to discover the most incredible cinnamon sugar coated malasadas. From that one experience, I was convinced on the merits of food trucks. On reflection, it wasn't such a leap for me – growing up in Cape Breton, I was a frequent visitor to the community “Bus”, a static school bus transformed into a takeout shack with the most amazing club sandwiches. I've long known that great food can come from humble settings!
Introducing our very own Thundercat!!! A look at the Thundershirt for cats who travel (or the owners who want them to). Updated in 2021.
I've seen a lot of strange things when I've travelled, but one scene really sticks out in my mind. We were camping in Prince Edward Island’s Cabot Beach Provincial Park, and enjoying gorgeous ocean front views, when we realized we weren't alone. There was another presence nearby, something sly and unnatural….It was a cat! A camping cat! A fluffy Persian camping cat on a leash! It was the last thing on earth we were expecting to see. Who goes camping with a white fluffy cat and secures them under a pine tree with a leash and harness? Obviously they never met my cat! Enter the Thundershirt for traveling cats (and maybe dogs too?)
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