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North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Saint Laurent June 9th 2011

Saturday, October 8th,2011 The next day we went back to the underground to go shopping. My sister and I bought a nice pair of jackets and boots for $100.00. It was buy one and get one for $1. The store was called Ailes, which had similar stuff to one of our favourite stores, Fairweather in Toronto. After shopping we headed off to this street that Renata thought had antique and artist shops but it was pretty much a dead end. I did get a couple of pictures of the graffiti on the walls, which was pretty cool. After wandering around the streets and realizing that there was nothing interesting there, we headed back on the subway and went to this beautiful Church, Marie de la Monde. We then headed of to lunch at a local fast ... read more
Art in the unknown street
Graffiti on the unknown street
Graffiti on the unknown street

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal March 21st 2011

Friday, October 8th, 2010 The Thanksgiving long weekend has finally arrived and thus the road trip to Montreal begins. Our bags are packed, the rental car and hotel have been booked and its just us four girls (my cousins Candice and Liane, my sister Renata and I) and 6 hours of open road from Toronto to Montreal. The trip to Montreal was not complete without a stopover at Tim Hortons for our morning coffee and breakfast. When we arrived in Montreal around 1:00pm the highway was packed. Apparently, it was a half day and everyone was rushing home to get ready for the long weekend. We finally settled into our hotel (The Omni hotel) and went to Chinatown for lunch (yum dim sum ;-). Then we headed off on the Underground (McGill Station) to 'Le Promenade' ... read more
Lunch at Chinatown
Yum Dim Sum

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London February 21st 2011

Day 16: London, England Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 So it was the end of our Topdeck Journey, but the beginning of our journey in London, England. Today Renata, Kathy and I got a London Pass to explore the major sights of London. But first we went to the Evans Evans tour company by Victoria station to book a tour to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath the next day. We decided to first glaze upon the crown jewels found at the Tower of London. We got our own guided tour of the Tower of London from a Beefeater, dressed in their very own beefeater outfit. Apparently, they live in the Tower of London. After the Tower of London we headed over to and London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs. In this interactive experience, actors delve ... read more
Tower of London
Tower of London
Our very own personal Beefeater

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Saint-Raphael » Brugge February 21st 2011

Day 15: Amsterdam, Netherlands to Brugge, Belgium to Calais, France to London, England Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 It is back to London with a pit stop in Brugge, Belgium to buy some famous Belgium Chocolate before the trip ends. Brugge was a beautiful little town and we found a nice chocolate shop hidden in one of the many alleyways in Brugge. After we got our chocolate we headed back on our coach to drive to Calais, France where we had to catch the ferry into London. At customs we had to show our passports and although my sister was stopped and asked why she had a temporary passport we both were able to get onto the ferry and into England. When we arrived in London, we took the train to Norbury where our cousin Jean picked ... read more
On the Ferry

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam » Amsterdam Zuidoost February 17th 2011

Day 14: Amsterdam, Netherlands Tuesday, October 20st, 2009 It was an early start this morning as Renata and I boarded a train from Central station to The Haag, in pursuit of Renata temporary passport at the Canadian Embassy. We spent most of the day at the embassy with us slightly freaking out because we were told that we may have to come back the next day to get Renata's temporary passport. This would mean that we would miss the ferry going back to England and would have to spend another day in Amsterdam. It would also mean a lot more money spent finding accommodation and a train or plane ticket back to London. But it all worked out and Renata was able to get a temporary Passport, at a cost of course. We were also able ... read more
Wow thats a big shoe
The Windmill

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate February 17th 2011

Day 12: Salzburg, Austria to Rhine Valley, Germany Sunday, October 18th, 2009 On to Rhine Valley, Germany today where we got to stay in a old century castle. I was kind of excited about living in a medieval castle, but when we finally got to the castle in Germany it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. We stayed in a room of 12 people with some of our tour mates and it was pretty cold for a castle. The food at the castles wasn't the greatest, and there was not much to do. A group of us just got together and started playing some card games and then called it a night. Day 13: Rhine Valley, Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands Monday, October 19th,2009 That morning the group went to the village of St. Goar ... read more
The Village
Our Castle
St. Goar

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Bergheim (Salzburg) February 15th 2011

Day 11: Venice, Italy to Salzburg, Austria Saturday, October 17th, 2009 So after a memorable time in Venice, it was time to head over to adrenaline inducing Austria where there were numerous activities to keep the daredevil inside of us busy including Skydiving, Paragliding, Canyoning etc. Unfortunately, when we got to Austria it was pouring rain and thus all the activities planned for the day had been cancelled. So instead, we went to explore the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria where Mozart was born. When we got to Salzburg, we went out searching for the house where Mozart's grew up. We found a yellow house that we thought was Mozart's home, but I'm not sure if it was, because we could only see a cafe inside. We walked around a bit and then in started pouring ... read more
Standing in the Rain
Raining in Salzburg

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 7th 2011

Day 9: Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy Thursday, October 15th,2009 Of to Venice we go with a friendly stopover in Verona to see Juliet's balcony, a replica of the balcony used in the play Romeo and Juliet. Well, I did not find Verona to be too interesting. Juliet's balcony was just one of those tourist traps. There wasn't much there. Just a balcony and a bunch of letters on the wall. There was also apparently a status of Juliet and if you touched its breasts, it will apparently give you good luck. Lame, just another way to spread germs!!!! However, there was this square in the middle of Verona that was selling these Venetian masks and jewelery that was worth looking at. It was here that my sister, Renata realized that she left her bag containing ... read more
Juliet's Balcony
Statue of Juliet

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 4th 2011

Day 8: Rome, Italy Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 The next morning, the majority of the group headed to Vatican City. This was an important day in Vatican City, because Pope Benedict XVI was addressing the crowd. There were groups of people from different countries around the world, waving their flags. The square was crowded with people pushing to get to the front of the crowds. I was starting to feel claustrophobic. It was pretty interesting, seeing the Pope address the crowd, although I didn't understand a word that he was saying. After seeing the Pope, we went on a tour of the Vatican Museum with our local American tour guide (who held up a pom pom so we would not get lost in the crowd). In the Vatican museum we got these headphones, so that we ... read more
Me at the Trevi Fountain
Picture inside the Coliseum
Arch of Constantine

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 4th 2011

Day 6: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland to Florence, Italy Monday, October 12th, 2009 The next day was a long bus ride to Florence, Italy. We stopped by the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way, where I got to take one of those must have ridiculous photos of me trying to hold up the tower. The grass was roped off which made it harder to take a picture. My sister tried to get into a picture but fell and hit her head. There was this huge bump on her forehead, but she told me that she felt fine. She was the accident prone one on the trip and she always seemed to get herself into the worst situations (more on that later...). So after spending about an hour at the leaning tower of Pisa, we headed off to ... read more
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Duomo

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