3 Easy-Going yet Fun Things to Do around Maastricht

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Nice weather in the forecast plus a couple of days off, time to see which 3 easy-going yet fun things there are to do around Maastricht. The most southern part of the country that feels as if you’re abroad, what’s not to like? Not only will the weather be good and are we looking for a nice get-away, it also helps that we still have a free night to spend. One of the best things of finding road trip accommodation through the same website (hotels.com in this case) is perks…

8 Great Reasons to Visit Manitoulin Island

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If you’re looking for variation when you’re traveling then make sure to visit Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Canada at some point. We visited the island twice, once in summer and earlier this year, in spring when we had our last visitors over before the move. Did you know that Manitoulin Island… Is the biggest freshwater island in the world? contains over 100 islands itself which in turn have their own islands, one of them called Treasure Island (in Lake Mindemoya) has a rich history that includes indigenous peoples, voyageurs,…

7 Best Toronto City Trails

7 Best Toronto City Trails for any season

No matter the season, check out these fun Toronto City Trails that are great for a refreshing walk or a nice run in nature in the city. 1 Belt line (4.3 km) Running from Mount Pleasant Road, just north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Allen Road, south of Elm Ridge Drive. The trail is mostly flat and easy to navigate. To make your walk longer consider walking through the beautifully kept and serene Cemetery. Another way to lengthen your walk, pass through the cemetery and head over to Moore Park…

First Light in Ste Marie among the Hurons

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What better way to offset the cold and dark than finding or sharing heat and light? That is just what we did when we visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons ’ First Lights festivities early last December. Every late November, beginning of December, during three consecutive weekends, more than 5000 lights are placed around the reconstructed mission village. There are crafts, a small farmers/crafters market, native drumming and music performances, people in traditional and/or historic and all set against the village alight with lanterns and fires. A bit of Sainte-Marie…

Central Park Traffic and a Tramway Ride

With the Path (Subway line from New Jersey) partially closed for maintenance, we walk along the New Jersey boardwalk towards the next available station. It is a muggy morning. The mist hanging down touches the river.  New Jersey waterfront There’s quite a lot of traffic this Sunday morning.  Boats on the water and strollers alongside it. A water taxi makes its way over to our shoreline and we decide to take it instead. Two stops later we depart close to the New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum…

Keep on walking – Dutch History New York

This second of our 3- day New York City trip, we come up from the PATH into the Oculus, the subway station close to the World Trade Center. It is incredible. It is white. Marble. High (160ft/48.7m). Empty. Sparse. Massive. Impressive. And to me resembles the bleached carcass of a Spinosaurus or the chest section of a tyrannosaurus. It was designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava and finalized in 2016 after it went both over time and over budget. As someone who simply visits New York for the first time and…

Navigating New York on Foot

With a couple of days to explore, New York within driving distance and 80% of the family never having visited, we took a trip to the Big Apple early October. It was Thanksgiving in Canada and beautiful weather in the States. We’d booked a hotel in New Jersey situated next to the Path (a Subway line running underneath the Hudson river). It meant we could leave the car behind, enter the city by public traffic and explore on foot. Because it is both my and the kids first visit, of…