Landing in London: Borough Market and Covent Garden

We departed to London on an overnight flight from Toronto via Icelandair. Because we had booked with the Stopover in Iceland program, we had a short layover in Reykjavik and tiny preview of Iceland before travelling onward into London. As I mentioned in my last post, I had some concerns about being caught up in…

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A historic time in London (plus an epic stopover in Iceland)

On Thursday September 8th 2022, Buckingham Palace announced via BBC that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away at the age of 96, ending a reign of 70 years and 214 days — the longest of any British monarch. As fate would have it, this announcement preceded our departure to London by about 24 hours, so…

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Return of the Canadian National Exhibition

The Labour Day long weekend is a bittersweet time for us. It marks the end of summer but also the start of shoulder season for travel, which is when we usually take our trips — including our highly anticipated visit to London and Iceland coming up very soon. At least this year, we were able…

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Planning a stopover in Iceland

Now that I have a pretty extensive itinerary planned for our visit to London, I am focusing on the Iceland portion of our trip in September. We booked our flights with Icelandair through their Stopover in Iceland program which offers a stopover flight to Iceland at no additional fare. Following six days in London, we…

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A dozen things to do in London, UK

With our trip to London, UK fast approaching in just over a month, I have been in active trip planning mode. As we get ready to cross the pond for our first international trip since the pandemic started, I’ve spent lots of time browsing Reddit /travel, Tripadvisor forums, and travel blogs, and have come up…

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London and Iceland in September

It’s happening! I’ve finally booked the flights for our long awaited trip to London, UK and Iceland for mid-September. We will be travelling via Icelandair on their Stopover in Iceland deal, which includes a stopover (up to seven days) in Iceland at no additional airfare. For us, it will be six days in London and…

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver

We took things relatively easy on our final day in British Columbia, back in Vancouver after a couple days in Tofino. Off to North Vancouver After grabbing a coffee at Caffe Artigiano, we walked over to Canada Place to catch the shuttle bus up to North Vancouver. The city of North Van is located on…

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Whale watching and hiking in Tofino, Vancouver Island

We planned a full itinerary of activities for our final day in Tofino, starting with a whale watching tour in the morning. There are several available wildlife watching tours in town, but we opted to go with our hotel’s Adventure Centre for the convenience. Spotting whales Following a quick breakfast for me and a Gatorade…

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Seaplanes and Long Beach in Tofino, Vancouver Island

After a couple days on the mainland, we went on to my most anticipated excursion of our trip in British Columbia. Throughout my years living in BC, I had not had the opportunity to visit the west coast of Vancouver Island, so this was finally my chance. Flying on the seaplane Tofino is a small…

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Downtown Vancouver in a day: Granville Island, Gastown, West End

Following our return from Squamish, our second day in British Columbia was spent exploring around downtown Vancouver. We were still slightly jet lagged, so awoke in the early hours around 6:30 am. We were staying at Paradox Hotel (the rebranded Trump Tower) which is a few minutes from Vancouver Harbour, where we started our walk.…

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