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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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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On this day: Rome to Amalfi via Naples, Italy

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On June 8, 2018, I was at the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Following a whirlwind day in Florence, we returned to our hotel in Rome in late evening and hopped into bed. The next morning, we awoke early to…

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On this day: Rome to Florence, Italy

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On June 7, 2018, I was in Florence, Italy. We had arrived in Italy a week ago, and were basing ourselves in the national capital. We spent our first few days in and around Rome, going on a…

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Travel Challenge: My 10 favourite photos

Thank you again to Angela at Suitcase Travel for inviting me to participate in the Travel Challenge, where I shared 10 of my favourite photos from around the world, over the course of 10 days. Many readers successfully identified the featured destinations, while a few were more obscure. Here’s a recap! Jump ahead… Day 1…

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My Michelin Star eats around the world

The Michelin Guide is a series of guidebooks that have been published annually by the French tyre company Michelin for over a century. First released as a guide to help French motorists find lodging on the road, they are now exclusively devoted to fine dining. Considered by many to be the hallmark of quality cuisine,…

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My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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On this day: Montjuรฏc, Barcelona, Spain

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On July 25, 2015, I was in Barcelona, Spain. My travel mates and I were approaching the end of our time in Spain. After a couple days exploring Costa Brava and the Pyrenees region, we wrapped up our…

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