An island adventure in Santorini

by Michelle on May 1, 2016 · 0 comments

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Santorini is one of the most popular islands in Greece, and without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. With beautiful and unique beaches, amazing scenery, ancient cities, great restaurants, friendly people and even an active volcano, there is really no where in the world quite like it! It’s truly a postcard perfect place.

Since it’s so popular with tourists and a huge destination place amongst cruise ships, us going in November was actually the perfect time to go. It was warm enough to lie on the beach, and no crowds meant being able to enjoy off-season prices and not having to wait in lines for anything. It was similar to our Venice trip in January where it really felt like we had the place to ourselves!

As a small island, there is actually quite a lot of small villages located there, with Fira being the largest and its capital. It’s a really pretty place with white cobblestone streets lined with shops.

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Although naturally then we think about fairytales and castles we think of Germany – the birth country of Brothers Grimm and many our beloved tales – Italy should also be worth remembering. All spread through this South European country you can find many beautiful and charming castles which were built during different eras.

So, on your next vacations to Italy, consider visiting these castles and get one of a kind chance to enjoy spectacular beauty, amazing architecture, and a fairytale-like environment in the most picturesque settings! Don’t forget to plan your trip a bit earlier as well, and also, embrace various opportunities to travel cheaper (like these JetBlue coupons). Now is the best time to travel the world, and you know it!

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Rocca Maggiore
On the hilltop town of Assisi in the Central part of Italy, you can find our first beautiful castle which dates back to the year 1100! This one of the oldest castles in Italy amazes with its slightly pink bricks and the fact, that it was so professionally built a thousand of years ago! The town of Assisi is also famous. The city is known for being the birthplace of Saint Francis; therefore, you can find many places marking this event as well as the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi too. So, this small city might get crowded sometimes, and if you want to escape these crows – consider visiting both town and Rocca Maggiore on weekdays, because there are significantly fewer people on those days there.

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Athens, Greece: The Cradle of Civilization

by Michelle on March 7, 2016 · 2 comments

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After Meteora, it was off to Athens! I was super excited during the entire train ride there since it’s high up on my list of places to see in Europe. After all those years of school learning about Ancient Greece and Greek art, it’s hard not to be excited about going somewhere so fascinating and with so much history.

It’s interesting seeing Athens for the first time, because it’s ancient and modern at the same time. There’s the iconic Acropolis and all of the ancient ruins, but there’s also tons of trendy restaurants, bars and shops (some areas were even downright hipster).

It’s a city that mixes the new and old that’s not uncommon in European capitals, but it felt extra special in Athens. After all, the city is known as the cradle of western civilization and in modern times, it’s known as the historical capital of Europe.

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St. Valentine’s Day is approaching and you just start thinking about how to impress your other half? Then maybe gift them a super romantic trip to one of these five most romantic cities in Europe and Asia?

All these five romantic cities are recommended by this hotel deals website, and they will blow your mind. Some of them are widely known as capitals of love, as some of them are not primarily associated with romance, but all of them are beautiful and just perfect for a short (or long!) romantic getaway with your beloved one.

Paris

We can’t talk about love and the city and not mention Paris! Romance is all around here, and there are hundreds of places with unique love stories too.

For example, feel the spirit of Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre Dame de Paris,” which tells the love story of the beautiful Esmeralda and humpback, wandering in narrow streets of the Latin Quarter. Or visit the famous Notre Dame Cathedral!

Take a slow stroll at Luxembourg garden in the center of Paris, or get a water tour in river Seine (definitely do that during the night, then all lights are on!). In addition, do not leave Paris before you visit Montmartre district and again vow your love on Arts Bridge.

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“Suspended in the air” in Meteora, Greece

by Michelle January 27, 2016

Meteora, also known as “middle of the sky,” “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” (just the name alone makes you want to visit!) is considered one of the great gems of Greece. When you think of Greece, you tend to think of ancient ruins or an island getaway, which makes Meteora even more unique as it is […]

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

by Michelle January 2, 2016

This year went by so fast, it’s unbelievable. In a few hours it’ll be 2016 and with that comes a lot of exciting changes – like a move to New York City! While it’s sad to say goodbye to my European life, I’m super excited for this new chapter of my life in the city that never sleeps. Here’s to […]

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A Day in Thessaloniki, Greece

by Michelle November 29, 2015

I’m super stoked to post about my recent trip to Greece! While we couldn’t go during the summer because of work commitments, going in the fall was actually one of the best off-season trips we’ve been on! Flights and hotels were super cheap, large crowds of tourists were sparse and best of all, the weather was ahhh-mazing! Blue, super sunny […]

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Canadian Winters: Things to do and ways to keep warm in Toronto!

by Michelle November 1, 2015

Having spent the past 3 Christmases in Germany, I’m super excited to be spending it at home in Toronto this year! Things I can’t wait for: The good – being able to spend it with family and friends that I haven’t seen in over a year. The bad – oh how I’ve missed the commercialization of North American Christmas through […]

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Do you have a favourite pair of travel shoes?

by Michelle October 18, 2015

I’ll never forget the first time I went to Paris years back when I packed nothing but pretty heels to wear since all the movies and fashion bloggers made it seem like that’s all any girls ever wore in Paris! Then fast forward after a day in Paris, I couldn’t get my blistered feet fast enough into an H&M to […]

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Canadians in Paris (Montmartre, Eiffel Tower Selfies and Yummy French food!)

by Michelle October 8, 2015

It’s impossible to go to Paris and only write one blog post about it. That’s like going to Ladurée and only eating one macaron (unacceptable!). Anyway, I want to apologize for the lack of posts lately – between work, thesis writing, resumes, varying freelance work, and helping the bf with his move to Dusseldorf on the weekends, it has been […]

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