The Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour: Our Perspective

” It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore's Office

Albus Dumbledore’s Office

While in London we had the chance to visit the Warner Brothers Studio for Harry Potter. What an experience! If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies this is a must. The studio was very detailed and had just about every prop that you can think of from all of the movies while also showing how they did some of the magic from the movies. Continue reading

A Sunset Visit to Neist Point – Isle of Skye

Neist Point

Neist Point

On this day the sun was shining bright and I knew this would be an amazing evening to visit Neist Point. I’ve seen pictures online and knew this was somewhere I wanted to stop given the opportunity. The roads are so skinny in Scotland, so much so that we had to pull over every time a car was coming in the opposite direction. We did lots of hiking and this was just a short walk to get to the lighthouse, about 45 minutes round trip. Neist point is located on the North Western portion of the Isle of Skye and takes about 45 minutes to get to from Portree which is one of the main towns on the island.

A Photographer Taking a Picture of the Sunset

A Photographer Taking a Picture of the Sunset

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Quaint Ontario Town: Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

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A stroll along the path in Niagara-on-the-Lake allows you to appreciate the beauty of Lake Ontario.  You can sit on this bench and see the historic Old Fort Niagara across the Niagara River in the United States.  You can also look out towards the Lake Ontario and see the sky meet the blue water.  It truly is serene.  For those of our readers that happen to live in Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a top weekend trip.  For those of our readers that are visiting Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a must stop on your tour of Ontario.

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Hiking Ben Nevis Mountain in Fort William, Scotland

 

The back side of Ben Nevis

The back side of Ben Nevis

While in Fort William, we wanted to hike up Ben Nevis.  Ben Nevis is 4,409ft above sea level and is the highest mountain in the British Isles.  It is in the western area of the Scottish Highlands.  It takes about 2.5 hours to get to from Glasgow. The back side of Ben Nevis is pictured above.  At the bottom of this post we have included some tips for those of you planning to climb this mountain.

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A Canada Day Tradition: Backcountry Camping in Algonquin Park

A Moose in Algonquin Park

A Moose in Algonquin Park

Every Canada day weekend in July Charlene and I drive up north to spend some time camping in the woods. We have done it for 5 years now and it has become a tradition. Algonquin Park is without a doubt one of our favourite parks because of the wildlife and the quiet time we get while camping deep in the woods. Continue reading

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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