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Toronto – an international city

Toronto – an international city

The weekend I spent in Toronto over from New York in the early 1990s doesn’t really count so this is really my first proper visit. On landing at our Airbnb and stepping out onto Bloor St West, I realised that this, the last stop of our Canadian adventure, is by far is the most diverse […]

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View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

View from the Room: Homeward Suites by Hilton – Halifax, Canada

This is the hotel we chose after what we expected to be a glorious overnight train journey from Montreal. That trip in itself surpassed our expectations but it was still lovely to have all this space after being on a train – even one with wonderful observation decks and  a delightful restaurant carriage. Location – […]

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Where immigration is supported and encouraged” Tim Horton – 35 branches Second Cup – 4 I was feeling pretty wistful after our overnight Ocean train from Montreal so Halifax seemed like the big cherry on top. A long weekend is plenty in this pretty little city on the edge of Nova Scotia with a population […]

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Montréal to Halifax: the best 22 hours on a train

Montréal to Halifax: the best 22 hours on a train

The Ocean From the time I’ve learnt that that trains run travel through the night and I can wake up with the sun as I arrive at my final destination, I’ve been hankering to squeeze my overnight bag into a cabin. When searching for a way of getting out into a chunk of Canada I […]

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Returning to Montreal

Returning to Montreal

Number of Tim Hortons: 92 Number of Second Cups: 19 approx. My first visit since 2009, far from being a favourite place, Montreal is one to see if passing. And passing we were on the big  month-long Canadian adventure. I especially wanted the bf to see Montreal’s creativity and quirkiness. And it’s Frenchness, as he […]

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Birthday in Quebec City

Birthday in Quebec City

Tim Hortons – 6 branches This is my last planned birthday celebration abroad. For each of the last ten years, I’ve woken up in a new city to welcome my birthday: San Francisco, Washington, Montreal, Milan, Reykjavik, Tromso, Calgary, Gottenburg, Vienna and now Quebec City. This my third birthday in Canada is the first time […]

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View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

View from the Room: Hotel des Coutellier, Quebec City

This year’s birthday hotel! The attraction to this hotel that kicked off my month-long birthday celebrations, other than it looking scrumptiously comfortable, is that breakfast arrives in a bag each morning. Storage Drawers –  two on each bedside and lots of shelving plus two cupboards. Hangers – 18 including two soft ones. Two single open wardrobes […]

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Eating in Vancouver

Eating in Vancouver

I mentioned my love for Sylvia’s to a local in Vancouver who went on to rattle off a number of modern alternatives. I’ll take Sylvia’s old-fashioned service and old-fashioned view of the sunset; give me the oldest hotel in Vancouver on English Bay any day of the week! We paid pilgrimage twice during this trip. The first, we were too […]

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Coffee in Vancouver

Coffee in Vancouver

Interestingly on this Vancouver trip, all the new people I met wanted to meet in Bakeries. A mix of Italian, French or general. I was introduced to Truffles – the bf and went back there for a little lunch, Sciué, Tartine and  Faubourg, all pretty close to where we were staying; I walked everywhere! What’s really […]

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Only in Vancouver

Only in Vancouver

We were in Vancouver at the same time as the Marathon three years ago and we find ourselves here again. Last time, it was sheer coincidence that we were stepping aside for runners in Stanley Park. It did explain why the airport was far busier than usual when we landed a couple of days before. This year, […]

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