We have come to the end of the year and this is the perfect time to start reviewing the year. You can read what my Top Travel Posts for 2015 here. It has been a wonderful year for our family and we have had some great opportunities to travel both locally, nationally and internationally. My husband was able to make a few trips to Vancouver (his home town) to see my in-laws and to spend some quality time in beautiful British Columbia. The highlight was probably trying out the new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish with my in-laws and my daughter or maybe it was the drive to Banff? That is always a memorable trip but when you get upgraded to a convertible, its even better.
For the most part the highlight of my year was going to Costa Brava and Barcelona in Spain and then riding a TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) high-speed train to Paris. Paris was a whirlwind but we had the time to visit Costa Brava and some very unique places. We both fell in love with Spain: the food, the sights, the easy travel. They were some of our most popular posts of the year. I am pretty sure that means, I will be doing more travelling in the new year. Here’s crossing my fingers and writing more about our family, solo and conference travel.
Top Travel Post on @DownshiftingPRO
It was all about the food for my the first two most popular posts on DownshiftingPRO:
This post was all about the great food that you can have in Montreal and the local joints that you can have them in. There is nothing better than a steamy and fries from Lafleurs or maybe you want to have a smoke meat sandwich… have a read and find out where in Montreal.
One of the highlights of our trip to Barcelona really was spent in the kitchen. I never thought I would say that but I have to admit that the trip to the market, the preparation of the food and then the meal was fantastic. I have found my new ‘must do’ in a city. Take a cooking class and learn how to make delicacies of the country that you are visiting and you will appreciate it all the more.
There are many things that you can do in Paris that are ‘must see’ and ‘must do’ but you can also do a few things just for fun. On our trip to Paris in the spring, we decided to do some fun things that I think let you have a true taste of Paris. Have a giant ice cream sundae on the Champs Elysee, go shoe shopping in Les Galleries Lafayette or take in the longest running screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Don’t just go to the Louvre, have some fun and enjoy the City of Lights!
Stratford, Ontario is not just about the theatre. You can also go see one of the Oldest Farmer’s Market in Ontario off the beaten track. Take in the food, the goods and the fun that is going to a farmer’s market all year around!
Nothing could have prepared me for a night out in the seaside resort of Lloret de Mar, Spain. As I attended the TBEX conference in Costa Brava, I ventured out on my own and came across this wonderful plaza with great music and many food caravans. In North America we would call them food trucks but these small 1970s trailers have been converted into gastronomic-mobiles… You gotta eat there!
I promise you, you have never seen a museum like this. It is one thing to go to a museum and see it full of art from different sculptors, painters, photographers and artists but when all the art in one large museum is by the same artist and that person is Salvador Dali… you will be amazed. If you are in Costa Brava you must go. Take the train from Barcelona and have a visit in Figures, I promise (you again) you will not regret it.
7. The Ultimate Paris Bus Tour #Travel #Paris #France
You can take a tour of any city on an expensive bus tour but you always have the option of taking a tour of the city by public transport. I lived in Paris in the 1980s and I got around the city by metro and by bus. My favourite was taking a city bus because you could see all the sights as you made your way home at the end of the day. I put together a few routes that would be helpful for you to see the City of Lights by just purchasing a bus pass.
The Bruce Peninsula has a majestic beauty that can only be found where Lake Huron meets Georgian Bay. We have spent most of our summer family vacations there as both my husband and I love the area. My son wrote this blog post about our family vacation as a guest post for the Travelling Maples blog. They have some awesome content from Canadian bloggers and you should definitely check it out. The link is in the blog post.
I have started to blog more about travel this year and I wanted to give myself a few ideas on what to blog. So I put together 70 travel Topics that you can blog about. It’s a pretty comprehensive list and has topics that are local, national and international in scope. I hope that I see some of these topics on your blog! Make sure to add your title to the comments if you do end up using one of the prompts.
We were tired and hungry when I had the brainchild idea to get my daughter to find us a great restaurant near Time Square in New York City. She came up with a few options but we decided to go to have an authentic Cuban Food Experience. We found ourselves at Havana Central and you can imagine how good the food was. So… Yummy.