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Category: My Adventures

Mini Camping Trip – Gros Mourne, Newfoundland

This year we decided to take a mini-vacation right here at home. Three nights in Gros Mourne National Park. I guess Gros Mourne isn’t exactly in our backyard as it is an 8-hour drive from St. John’s, but it is still Newfoundland and it is beautiful. Gros Mourne is a World heritage site and an amazing place to visit for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, adventurers and explorers. It really is magical. A member of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching the length of the Newfoundland’s West coast…

16 Reasons to Travel Belgium

It has been a year since my trip to Belgium. (starts crying hysterically) Anyway moving along… As a travel obsessed blogger, I thought why not write yet another post about how much I loved this little country? What can I say I am feeling kind of nostalgic over here! 1. The Architecture Belgium was once one of the most powerful regions in Europe. You may be surprised when you travel through the country to see palaces, churches and other buildings with intricate details and amazingly preserved beauty. Dutch homes are freaking magical. In places such as Ghent and Bruges…

3 Museums you Should Visit in Amsterdam

I am a museum kind of gal. I love the romance and admiration that washes over me when standing in the presence of an ancient art piece. There is something so awe-inspiring about the enthusiasm and dedication in which artists, royalty, and religion had in documenting the myths, legends and everyday experiences of society throughout the ages. What impresses me more than the art or artifacts themselves is the shared respect that each culture has in preserving history. It is a beautiful act that makes us human. There are so many lessons to learn, hidden gems to discover, and…

Finding Patriotism in Kortrijk, Belgium

Some of my first and most precious memories as a child were spent in Bowring Park. For those of you who don’t know, Bowring Park is a park located in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. My home sweet home. In 1911 the land of the park was purchased and donated to the city by Sir Edgar Rennie Bowring on behalf of Bowring Brothers Ltd. It was officially opened as a park on July 15th, 1914. Since that time the park has served as a favorite family spot and a historic reminder of many of Newfoundland’s…

My Belgium Food Diary

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” -Paul Prudhomme One of the reasons why Belgium had so much appeal to me as a travel destination was because of the abundance of traditionally dutch food that is found there. Perhaps this may come as a surprise to you, but Belgium has some of the best food around. Traditional, delicious and some rather famous dishes come from this little country. I mean you have heard of the Belgian waffle right… need I say more? I wanted to go through my favorites that I tried while in the…

Three Unique Amsterdam Dates

When people think of Amsterdam what may first come to mind may be images of hippy youth frolicking freely hidden in clouds of smoke. Or red fluorescence lighting the haze of prostitutes showing their nightly goodies in window fronts. Or maybe of picturesque canals and bikes buzzing. While Amsterdam is, of course, all of those things, and perhaps it does live up to those expectations more than even your wildest dreams could let you imagine. There are still many things to experience that are slightly tamer. My boyfriend and I traveled to Amsterdam for a few days and wanted to…

10 Reasons to Travel Airbnb

If you are a traveler and are not using Airbnb yet then you are seriously missing out! Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends or family,  Airbnb is perfect for just about everyone. I have been using it since the travel bug bit me some years ago, and I have had nothing but amazing experiences. As a result, I’m now a self-certified Airbnb enthusiast and have happily converted many friends to the not so dark side. Now I want to share with you wonderful people the amazing benefits of travel through Airbnb…

3 Ghent Highlights you Need to Explore

An ancient hidden gem left much unnoticed in the European tourism ads. Ghent is a city that is so rich in history, art, culture and preserved medieval and modern architecture that it can be a little hard to understand why it is not as popular as places like Bruges as a place to visit. (Check out my 10 Things to do in Bruges post here.)  While in the research phase of our European trip planning it was difficult to decide where to set up a home base. We both agreed we wanted to stay in Belgium for a full week…

10 Things to do in Bruges

If you haven’t heard of the fairytale city of Bruges yet then let me be the one to introduce you. Bruges is a city in Western Flanders, Belgium. Founded officially in the year 1116, and it is hands down the most authentically magical place. Like something straight out of the enchanted Disney films of my youth. If you are looking for a quiet place to explore a perfectly preserved medieval town then look no further than this Belgian gem. Our visit to Belgium was wonderful and each city offered its own unique set of positives, but Bruges topped…

4 Ways to Beat the Post Vacation Blues

I have recently returned from my latest travel adventure, and by recently I mean I returned last week. Is that too soon to have the post-vacation blues? Does that mean I am a spoiled travel junkie? Is my adventurous spirit only fulfilled while on a travel high? Maybe so, because here I am already mildly depressed at the prospect of no future vacation plans. Don’t get me wrong I love being home and seeing family and friends but after months of planning and preparations, it is kind of sad not to have the next adventure in sight…