The Americas

Terrific Toronto Street Art (and where to find it)

Street art hunting has become a new favourite pastime of mine because I like colours and pretty, shiny things. So when I visited Canada in early February, I was excited to check out the Toronto street art scene. And I was far from disappointed. Unfortunately, it was cold – below…

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The best time to visit Filoli historic house & gardens

I keep missing the best time to visit Filoli house and gardens, despite living 10 minutes away. The San Francisco historic house has stood in the peninsula suburb of Woodside for more than a century. So I figured I could stretch out my visit, but two and a half years…

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8 Colorful spring destinations (in the US!)

Spring is well and truly making its presence known in some US states, but in others it’s still decidedly chilly. This is the time when you start contemplating colorful spring destinations for a mini-break from the bleakness of left-over winter. Luckily there are plenty of places to do that on…

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Casa Loma history (Toronto’s castle on the hill)

Casa Loma’s history is almost as interesting as the man who had the castle built it back in 1914. Nestled on a hill, looking down on the city of Toronto in Canada, this castle was constructed with a specific purpose in mind. Major-General Sir Henry Pellatt commissioned the gothic-revival building in…

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Toronto eco accommodation (Planet Traveler Hostel)

Toronto eco accommodation doesn’t have to mean staying in an expensive hotel, since putting together an eco-friendly place to stay isn’t as difficult or as costly as it used to be. And more travellers are stopping to consider their carbon footprint and making decisions to travel a little more eco-consciously.…

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(You really should) Explore Canada by train

Why is it better to explore Canada by train instead of stepping onto a plane and disembarking a few hours later? The answer is one simple word that’s synonymous with the Great White North – scenery. Summer or winter, there’s always a spectacular vista to drink in. Snow capped mountains,…

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Ottawa winter activities (10 things to see and do)

There are no shortage of Ottawa winter activities to keep you busy, laughing, and make great vacation stories upon your return home. You might have to ignore any skeptical attitudes you encounter while planning your trip though. “No one just goes to ‘check out’ Ottawa, there’s got to be more…

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Where to eat in Ottawa

When you’re looking at where to eat in Ottawa, it can be tough to narrow the list down. There are a range of restaurants, cafes and great little kiosks where you can grab a quick bite or while away a few hours with friends. So while deciding where to eat…

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Why you NEED to stay in this Ottawa Hostel

I was so excited to stay at this Ottawa Hostel that I was counting down the days to my flight. It might seem like a strange sentiment and maybe even a strange way to kick off this post, but that’s how I felt. This Ottawa Hostel ticked all the boxes:…

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Affordable San Francisco art galleries (for the whole family)

Allow me to introduce you to two affordable San Francisco art galleries (for the price of just one). That’s right, you get to waft around feeling refined and upper classy (or if you’re like me, a level above a beret-wearing dog) all for the low price of $15 per adult.…

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