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Visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire : For a visitor, Aberdeen is at least two things.  One the one hand, Aberdeen is perfectly situated as base for exploring one of the most compelling and beautiful regions of Scotland.  It is also a beautiful city in its own right.  On the other hand, Aberdeen seems to be a city that isn’t interested in catering to tourists in the ways many tourists expect. Maybe it’s just that Aberdeen is a real working city and…

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Golden Lane, a Prague Must See

Golden Lane, a Prague Must See

Golden Lane, a Prague Must See : The Golden Lane is a small cobblestone street located inside Prague Castle. It was built in the 16th century to house the castle guards. However, the name golden lane is actually a reference to the goldsmiths who occupied the street in the 17th century. The Golden Lane was also called the Street of Alchemists and Alchemists’ Alley. You will absolutely love the Golden Lane.  It consists tiny homes, all painted brightly.  How tall…

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Visit the Scottish National Gallery

Visit the Scottish National Gallery

Visit the Scottish National Gallery : The Scottish National Gallery is one of the premiere free attractions in Edinburgh. Ideally located on the Mound between the New Town and the Old Town, the Scottish National Gallery is flanked on both sides by beautiful Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish National Gallery opens daily from 10 am-5 pm, and on Thursdays until 7 pm. And did I mentioned that you will find some of the greatest art works displayed on its walls, including pieces…

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Five Day Trips from Calgary you will Love!

Five Day Trips from Calgary you will Love!

Five Day Trips from Calgary : Calgary is located in a natural sweet spot. The Canadian Rockies are directly to the west and the great plains of North America are to the east and south. So being in Calgary is like having a foot in two different worlds.  On Saturday you wake up and go hiking in Banff National Park. On Sunday you wake up and walk through hoodoos in the badlands. From Mountain culture to western culture, the following…

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8 Larch Tree Hikes in Banff National Park

8 Larch Tree Hikes in Banff National Park

8 Larch Hikes in Banff National Park :  Every fall the Larch Valley Hike at Moraine Lake is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.  Its almost become an annual pre-winter event for many.  In this year of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, the number of larch pilgrims has only increased. Hikers are waiting as much as 2 hours to catch a shuttle bus just to reach the trail head. 

Calgary, 10 Top Attractions

Calgary, 10 Top Attractions

Calgary, 10 Top Attractions : Not thinking about skipping Calgary on your way to Banff National Park are you?  There is a ring road for that, we know.  But Calgary has some amazing attractions all of which are worth visiting next time you are in the neighborhood!  Don’t go straight to Banff. Really. And if you’re only in town for a selfie then check out my article on the best Instagram spots in Calgary!  Princes’ Island Park Princes’ Island Park…

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Top-shelf Instagram Spots in Calgary

Top-shelf Instagram Spots in Calgary

Top-shelf Instagram Spots in Calgary :  These days most people have social media accounts, whether it’s Instagram or Facebook or something else entirely.  If you’re like me, then you will likely post some of your travel and holiday photos on Instagram or Facebook.  And if you’re not like me, then you’re likely planning on posting selfies on Instagram or Facebook at those exact same spots.  

Experience Edinburgh’s Amazing Royal Mile

Experience Edinburgh’s Amazing Royal Mile

Experiencing the Royal Mile : Royal Mile Overview The Royal Mile actually consists of four connecting streets that gently slope downwards from an extinct volcano.  If you start your walk along Royal Mile at its highest point (Edinburgh Castle) and continue down towards Holyrood Palace at its eastern end, you will pass down Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and finally Canongate. And why wouldn’t you start from the highest point? I mean, you will be walking down hill right!   This…

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6 Things you Must do in Glasgow

6 Things you Must do in Glasgow

6 Things you Must do in Glasgow : Is Glasgow on your travel bucket list?  If it isn’t then it should be.  Glasgow has a working class charm and beauty unrivalled by any city you will visit.  Its grand Victorian buildings invariably marked by “To Let” signs sit above a vibrant and complicated city. Truly, the fantastic shopping, busy restaurants and happening music scene make Glasgow an exciting stop for any traveler. Glasgow definitely has an edgy, urban vibe that…

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Staying at the World Famous Banff Springs Hotel

Staying at the World Famous Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel Review : As a resident of Calgary, I have had the opportunity to stay at the Banff Springs Hotel a number of times. I have visited on family trips, conferences and for weddings.  One of my favourite memories is bringing my daughter to the Banff Springs Hotel for her fourth birthday so she could have her birthday at a ‘castle’. She was pretty into Elsa and Disney’s Frozen at the time. Still is actually.