Talisker Beach on the Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye is a true masterpiece of nature.  The landscape, the beautiful hikes and walks, the roaring waves.  You could easily spend a week on this isle.  One outing particularly stands out to me – Talisker Beach.  After about a 20 minute walk through a pathway and past a house, you will find this quiet beach with a breathtaking view.  Our goal was to be there for sunset, and it was a beautiful sunset.

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A Scenic Cove in Cornwall England – Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove in the Lizard Peninsula

Kynance Cove in the Lizard Peninsula

Before our trip to England, a bunch of friends told me to enjoy the rain because there wouldn’t be much sunshine. I said to myself you know rain is actually better than snow. You see, this year in Canada winter decided to stick around until the latter part of April. With months of cold temperatures and snowy days, I was beginning to think of England as a tropical destination and while it might not have tropical temperatures it might be nicer than Canada was at the time. I was correct and extremely happy about it. From the time we touched down we were in short sleeves and enjoying the sunshine in the region of Cornwall.
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A day at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this is a must see castle (featured in the first film).  If you are a fan of history, this is a must see castle.  If you are a fan of castles, this is definitely a must see castle.  I mean really, need I say more… let me introduce you to the beautiful Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

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An English Castle with a Moat… Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle

If there is one thing you will notice while visiting the United Kingdom….. Castles, Castles, and more Castles!

I was reading an article last week that said there were over 700 castles in Whales alone. I was baffled by this, since I’ve only seen a small fraction of them.
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Scenic Hiking through the Isle of Skye – The Quiraing

The Quiraing

The Quiraing

I can now say that The Isle of Skye is one of the most scenic regions of the world that I’ve been to. If you love the outdoors… the Isle of Skye is a must. Mountains, greenery and rock formations galore make this region unlike any other. The one tip I’d give anyone visiting is make sure you allocate a good amount of time because there are so many hiking trails and things to do on this Island. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so you end up doing things when you can and not when you plan to. Lesson Learned.
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The Alleyways of Edinburgh

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Brodie’s Close

While walking along the beautiful Royal Mile in Edinburgh you will notice many openings between the many stores and restaurants.  It is very easy to be caught up in the action of the Royal Mile with the stunning Edinburgh Castle at the top.  But, part of travelling is to explore the not so common areas of the city.  Take a moment to peak or stroll down each alleyway.  You never know what you will find…

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A Spring Adventure- A Road Trip through the United Kingdom

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On Wednesday we are embarking on a Spring adventure to the United Kingdom. We are really excited about it. We have been to London and the Cotswolds once before. But we are going to visit some of the other places that we didn’t get a chance to see the first time. As you can see by the map below…. we are starting in Cornwall, making our way up to Scotland to see Edinburgh, Fort Williams, Isle of Skye then coming back down and spending some time in the Lake District and finally hanging out in London for a bit. Continue reading

5 things I wish I knew before I went Camping for the first time.

The warm weather is finally arriving and that means only one thing….camping season can’t be far away. I’ve been camping a number of times now but there are a few things that I wish I knew before I went the first time. These may seem really basic to those that are regular campers but we all start somewhere.

1. Less Food is more. My first time in the woods I was really concerned that I was going to run out of food for the 4 days of our trip. So what did I do? I loaded up on junk food and I specifically remember me wanting to make smores. So my solution was to bring an entire bag of marshmellows. I also had a heavy bag of popcorn kernels. The problem was that all of that weight was going into my backpack and taking up valuable room and energy. When you are in the woods you don’t eat as much as you think you will and it is better to bring healthier stuff like trail mix and fruit.

Sunset at Algonquin Park

Sunset at Algonquin Park

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Las Vegas: Mandalay Bay Resort

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If you are looking for a really nice place to stay in Las Vegas, look no further – Mandalay Bay Resort.  This is a great resort for couples and families!

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Hiking the Wild Pacific Trail on Vancouver Island

Not far from where we were staying in Ucluelet, British Columbia is a lovely trail called the Wild Pacific Trail. Not to be confused with the longer and more popular West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.

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Sunset

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