Wonderful Wiarton

Heading to the Bruce Peninsula? Be sure to stop over in the quaint town of Wiarton, with its beautiful waterfront

Niagara Falls Mini-Trip

Thanks to covid, now’s a great time to take a mini stay-cation at one of Canada’s top sights – minus all the annoying tourists

The Slow Reopening

We’re a few months into the “life with covid” reality. And slowly, thankfully, it is getting better. Not back to normal, but better. The initial months of panic, fear and distrust are starting to recede, as more and more information about coronavirus becomes known. We continue to wear masks, avoid indoor/crowded places, wash hands constantly,…

Introducing… the Covid Cat!

Since covid-19 started, and we have all had to adjust to life at home, all the damn time, without much contact with family or friends. Which means plenty boredom and loneliness. A lot of people are turning to the next logical step — adopting a pet. And now is a great time. After all, offices…

Seriously!?

And then it SNOWED!!!!! In May!!!! WTF, Canada? Just when we thought life couldn’t get any MORE depressing, the white shit came back for one final middle finger! What the actual hell? Yeah that’s just what we need – snow in May. Great!

Beating covid boredom

We are slowly but surely losing our minds. I imagine this is what prisoners feel like. Or perhaps animals put in a zoo. Stuck, caged, with nowhere to go and nothing to do and no one to interact with. All I can say is, thank goodness we live in the suburbs, with lots of green…

Hello Covid-19

Well, f*&^%. What else can we say? Huatulco was a lovely, quiet, relaxing holiday, with sun, sea and spicy Oaxaca food. But the bubble burst even before we left. For days I’d been watching the news, watching the numbers climb on the global coronavirus meter, from hundreds to thousands. The Prime Minister had just gotten…

The Happiest Man in Tobago

An unforgettable day out, exploring Tobago’s untouched coastline and hidden bays with Screamers Boat Tours

Tobago Time

Not your typical tourist destination, Tobago offers a true, down to earth Caribbean experience, which will either delight you, or drive you insane

Ottawa Road Trip

Beautiful architecture, the Rideau Canal, markets, cathedrals, and many museums – Ottawa is a great road trip

Awenda Provincial Park

Our new favourite campsite, with FOUR beaches, a lake with canoes, trails, and snapping turtles

Discovery Harbour

Stepping back in time to 1812, at an original British naval base in Canada

Cheltenham Badlands

A strange geological formation of blood-red earth, tucked away in the countryside

Kazuemachi Chayagai

The trip to Kanazawa was coming to an end, and we’d managed to tick off most of the main sites: Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Gardens, Nagamachi Samurai District, and Higashi Chaya District. The bonus was stumbling upon another district along the beautiful Asano River, which is lined with, you guessed it, loads of cherry blossoms, plus…

Higashi Chaya – The Geisha District of Kanazawa

Out of all the things we saw in Kanazawa, I think Higashi Chaya was one of the highlights of the trip. Higashi Chaya – literally translated as Eastern Tea House – traditionally was and still is Kanazawa’s ‘pleasure quarter’ where geisha and courtesans dances, played music, and entertained in quaint wooden tea houses (where tea…

Nagamachi Samurai District

Kanazawa has a number of fascinating little neighbourhoods, one of which is the Nagamachi Samurai District. Not too far from Kanazawa Castle (see previous post), Nagamachi is where samurai and their families lived while serving the castle and its inhabitants. With narrow roads and small, walled houses, this is an area that should be explored…

Cherry Blossoms in Kanazawa

Just as things were starting to defrost in Canada, we boarded a plane for a long, long flight from Toronto to Tokyo, to visit hubby’s family. Spring is a great time to be in Japan. It’s not too cold, it’s just before the stifling heat of summer sets in, and everything is in full bloom….

Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas

From December to April, humpback whales and grey whales migrate from Alaska down to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, both to give birth to calves, and to mate. You can see the whales literally ALL THE TIME if you just look out at the horizon. In the morning we…

Exploring San Jose del Cabo

The old town of San Jose is not too far from the ‘Zona Hotelera’ – Hotel Zone – where we were staying at the Royal Solaris in Cabo San Lucas. Instead of forking out a lot of money for an overpriced taxi, we decided instead to try the local bus transportation, the Urbano. Getting around…

Kayaking The Arch

One of the most famous sites in Cabo San Lucas is The Arch, an iconic rock formation at the very tip of the peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean hits the Gulf of California. Many people go see The Arch on a boat trip, but the best way to see it is by kayak.

No Bad Days – Trip to Baja California

As you may have read in my previous post, the only way to survive the 6-month stretch that is winter in Canada is to leave in February, which is just when you slink into the depths of depression. This is why on a freezing Thursday morning in February, during a snowstorm, we found ourselves sitting…

Hibernation Nation

Once upon a time, I was a voracious blogger. Writing about all the fun and interesting things I had seen or places I’d been, that kind of thing. Well, I haven’t written for a while. And that’s because pretty much since October, it’s been a whole lotta this rubbish: Followed by more snow….. and temperature…

Lion’s Head Provincial Park

In the last few months, whenever we’ve had the time, we drive north to the beautiful, pristine Bruce Peninsula, to hike, camp, and even swim in the warm, shallow waters of Lake Huron. Autumn is a fabulous time to roam around the Bruce Peninsula, with the autumn colours changing literally every day to the most…

Dinosaurs in the Mist

About a month ago I was able to make a quick trip to Winnipeg, which is the capital of the province of Manitoba. This month I went a bit more west to visit two cities in the province of Alberta – Edmonton and Calgary – which are about a 3 hour drive from each other….

Bruce’s Caves – Perusing the Peninsula

By sheer luck, a close friend from Hong Kong has just moved to Ontario, and has a cottage up in a scenic area north of Toronto called the Bruce Peninsula, so we’ve been up there quite a bit this summer, enjoying the fantastic natural scenery. The Bruce Peninsula is on Lake Huron, which has a…

Weekend in Winnipeg

Lucky for me, there are two new ultra low-cost carriers operating domestic routes out of Toronto and nearby city Hamilton – Flair Air and Swoop – ¬†which means that there’s going to be a whole lot of local travelling going on around my new home and native land. One of the first places ended up…

We didn’t get eaten by bears

  Canada is bear country – let’s face facts. Once in a while in the local news you hear about bear sightings nearby, as in 20 minutes up the road, and you are reminded that Canada is one big-assed country with a lot of wildlife (unless you live in Toronto). Nonetheless, we embarked upon our…

Scenic Caves – Collingwood

Having guests is a great motivator to get out there and try somewhere or something new. So when some friends from Hong Kong came through Toronto, we headed a short drive north to Collingwood to visit the Scenic Caves. Set in a beautiful forest, with an easy to follow though hilly trail, there are 17…

Mono Cliffs – Instagram lies!

You can’t always believe everything you see and read about online, especially when it comes to travel. A lot of times we see an incredible image and think, ‘Wow, I want to go there just to see THAT, to stand there and take the same picture of this exact spot’.¬† Well, sometimes Instagram and Facebook…