Around the world via 10 ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto, Canada

With international travel plans still on hold, I have not been doing the trip planning that I normally would at the start of a new year. Instead, I’ve been looking for places to discover locally, and what better way to substitute travel abroad than exploring the cultures of Toronto? Toronto, Ontario is the most diverse…

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Revisiting history in Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is the capital city of the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec. Sitting on the Saint Lawrence River about 250 kilometres northeast of Montreal, it is not quite the buzzing metropolis as its urban neighbour, but still has much to see. When I visited in November 2014, I spent most of my few cold…

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On this day: The Met, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 7, 2017, I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was our penultimate day in New York City and we decided to cap off our time in the big city with…

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On this day: MoMA, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 6, 2017, I was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Following a morning exploring Lower Manhattan and crossing part of the Brooklyn Bridge, we headed back up island to visit the Museum…

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On this day: New York Public Library

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 5, 2017, I was at the New York Public Library in New York City. New York Public Library is the second largest library system in the United States, behind the Library of Congress, and the…

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On this day: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On December 3, 2017, I was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The Cathedral of St. Patrick is a Neo-Gothic Catholic cathedral in Manhattan, New York City. Erected in 1879, it remains a prominent landmark of…

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Christmas trees of New York City

Christmas in New York City is a magical time. If it weren’t for the pandemic, I would have loved to make another trip there this year. The last time we visited the Big Apple was back in 2017, when we stayed for a week in early December, right on time to enjoy the beginning of…

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Uncovering street art on Graffiti Alley, Toronto

Located within the trendy Queen West neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, Graffiti Alley encompasses three city blocks running parallel to Queen Street and including the contiguous alleyway of Rush Lane. Previously a hotspot for unsanctioned street art, Graffiti Alley sparked a debate on the blurred lines between vandalism and art, leading to a fight for its…

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Odds and ends: Final days in Tokyo

On our final few days in Japan, we continued exploring around the great city of Tokyo. Following a day of visiting quiet, historic sites including the neighbourhood of Yanaka and the Imperial Palace, we switched gears and went on to see more of the lively, modern side of Tokyo. We started off with the district…

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On this day: Imperial Palace, Tokyo

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On November 15, 2018, I was at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. For all you kind folks who have been following along, today’s recap of my trip to Japan is a two parter. After our midday visit…

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