Places to go

Photo Diary: Isle of Elba

elba island

Wow. What a whirlwind of a week.

Last Sunday, we arrived on the beautiful Isle of Elba, the third largest island in Italy. The rain that had persisted in Bologna was subsiding and we were finally able to get some Vitamin D.

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An Afternoon in Venice


I may get in trouble for saying this but… Venice never appealed to me.

Despite the countless photos of canals, the unique architecture, and its claim to fame as “the city on the water”, I just never felt the desire to explore the narrow streets and get serenaded on a gondola. Call me a cynic, but I was convinced Venice wasn’t my thing.

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Tourist Attractions in Spain

Alhambra, Spain

Travel and budgeting go hand-in-hand.

When on an extended trip, it is important to really think about what “extras” you are going to indulge in. From tickets to tours, admission fees and more, there are tons of things that tempt you to spend your hard earned dollars on the road. You can’t say yes to every single one.

But how do you know what is worth the your travel dollar? When it comes to Spain, I kept track of all the tourist attractions we spent money on, and happy to say, I think we did well.

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8 Things to Bring to the Desert

Sahara Desert

So, you’ve decided to go on a desert tour, right?
Hooray! I promise 2 things: one, you won’t regret it, and two, I’ll help you.

The sand dunes, the night sky, the silence. It truly is a life-awakening experience; I’ve had time to think about it, and I’m positive this is one of the most incredible experiences a person could have. But my first question / concern as a fair-skinned Canadian was, “what do you pack when heading into the desert?! ”

After my three day experience in the Sahara I have created a short list of Desert Must-Haves to make sure your experience goes as smoothly as mine did.

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Restaurants in Marrakesh


To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about what our dining experience would be like in Morocco. I’ve never been much of a risk-taker when it comes to food, and my palette is not accustom to overly spiced food. Now, that isn’t to say I won’t try something: I’ll try anything once. But the odds of me enjoying it a hot n’ spicy dish or ordering it again of my own volition are low.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by our dining experiences in Morocco. From the food that was provided on our desert excursion (delicious Tajine’s and Cous-Cous), to the dinners at our Riad (some of the best during our trip) and lunches in the main square, there was never anything for me to be fearful of. Moroccan food and Sarah got along just fine.

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