The Americas

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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Winchester House virtual tour (pictures from inside)

Taking a Winchester House virtual tour has been a little tricky since the contract for a movie about Sarah Winchester, played by Helen Mirren, was signed. Winchester will hit theatres in the US on February 2, 2018, and has been in production for a few years. But from the time…

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Illuminate SF: San Francisco at night

Experiencing a city like San Francisco at night is the way to fall head-over-heels in love with a place. Sure there are gorgeous coastline views, iconic bridges and stretches of National Parks that will widen your eyes to saucers. But light art pieces scattered around a city make you feel…

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Sun, sand and sea: A Santa Cruz weekend

When you conjure an image of California in your minds’ eye, does it all start with the golden sun beating down on a gorgeous beach? To experience the scenery, smells and attractions in real life, all you need is a Santa Cruz weekend. Just two hours south-west of San Francisco,…

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Testarossa Winery: A gem outside of Napa

There aren’t many US wineries that have a history spanning 129 years, and even less can say they were legally able to run during Prohibition. Testarossa Winery is the exception. Just a 20-minute drive south of San Jose and nestled in the hills of Los Gatos, Testarossa Winery’s wine cellars…

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6 Best Christmas activities in San Francisco

A Christmas season trip to San Francisco can be just as magical as any other northern hemisphere destination, despite the lack of snow. If you’re having trouble finding the best Christmas activities in San Francisco, I’ve compiled them for you. At least one of the events hark back to European…

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A weekend in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea

No California road trip on Highway 1 is complete without a stop at either Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a truth universally acknowledged – the area is gorgeous and there are so many great things to see and do. Mr M and I packed the car and headed down the coast…

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Under the sea at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

If the idea of scuba diving or snorkeling sets your heart racing a little too quickly, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California is the next best thing. Have you ever seen an ocean of fish interacting? Actually ‘keeping mostly separate’ is probably a better way to describe it. Have you…

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Visit The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz

Everywhere I go in San Francisco I see cars with yellow “The Mystery Spot” bumper stickers. I thought it was some clever advertising for a pub or nightclub. A creepy nightspot with speed dating nights that don’t filter out participants with hygiene issues. Luckily, and as usual, I was wrong.…

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