Foxcroft & Ginger

We all have that one place in our neighbourhood that we walk past all the time and think to ourselves, “I should check it out one day.”

For me, it is was Foxcroft & Ginger. So when my flatmates mentioned that they were heading over there for Saturday brunch, I jumped on the bandwagon.

Foxcroft & GingerIt’s industrial decor, low-hanging lamps and free-flowing daylight make it a desirable spot for freelancers and loungers in the area. But all that is secondary to the stellar brunch menu.

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Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

So naturally I decided to kick off my 2015 travels by revisiting Paree.

Fanny, my former classmate and old flatmate, now calls the French capital home, and was a lovely host during my short weekend stay, even succumbing to my request of visiting the ultra-touristy Montmarte.

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2014’s favourite travel instagrams

Bloggin’ ain’t easy. Especially if you have a full-time job, an active social life, aaalll of London to explore, and only 24 hours in the day.

That’s where Instagram saves the day. It’s quick to snap a photo and share it with your followers, no matter where in the world you are. (Did I mention it’s my favourite app?)

Last year, I recapped my favourite instagram travel posts on the blog and it was a hit with you guys. Here are my favourites from 2014:

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Christmas Markets in Hamburg

Ze Germans certainly know how to put on a good Christmas market. At least the Hamburgers do.

One of my best girlfriends, Jasmin, hails from Hamburg and has been wanting to show off her city to me for a while. I have a soft spot for the festive season (mostly thanks to the Christmas I spent in Scandinavia). So we decided the best time to check out Hamburg would be when the Christmas markets were on.

Thus ensued a weekend of huddling around Christmas markets with friends, eating all kinds of German goodies and drinking too much gluhwein.

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Budapest

Budapest was the best. And I am not only saying that because it rhymes.

It was probably my favourite new city that I visited in 2014. It’s been on the wish list for a while but I haven’t gotten around to checking it out. I’d kind of been saving it for the right time and the right company.

A group of friends from Canada and I decided to meet up in Budapest for a long weekend. Even though it was the middle of October, we were blessed the most stunning summer-like weather. I actually spent some time getting my tan on!

Budapest St. Stephen's Basilica Budapest Danube FountainSo here are some quick reasons why Budapest is so awesome: 1) It has every single type of architecture you may be into – baroque, neoclassical, Secessionist – you name it! 2) It is two cities in one, split by the mighty Danube in the middle 3) The city has a rich history and you don’t have to dig deep to see it 4) The thermal baths 5) Ain’t no night out like the parties in Budapest’s ruin bars.

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Oktoberfest in Munich

Since I moved to Europe, I told myself every year, “I’m gonna go to Oktoberfest this year.” But something came up and I didn’t go. Either I thought of it too late and flights were too expensive or I didn’t have a travel companion.

2014 was the year to stop making excuses, find a dirndl and get down to Munich for Oktoberfest.

Along with the dirndl, I managed to find a lovely travel companion as well – my trusted permanent plus one, Catherine.

We landed in Munich on a crisp Saturday morning, made our way to our airbnb, changed, took some shameless selfies and headed straight down to the festival.

I have to admit, I thought Oktoberfest was going to be a collection of beer gardens and tents in the middle-of-nowhere. I was bracing myself for a barren wasteland brimming with drunk tourists. Boy, oh boy was I pleasantly surprised to see a bustling, colourful carnival decked with rides, food trucks, games, shops and both tourists and locals rocking some sexy dirndls and lederhosen.

We indulged in the festive spirit for two days of the closing weekend of the festival and embraced everything German – from the dresses and hairstyles to the food and beverages.

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Summer in London

Nothing beats a good Canadian summer. And my first English summer hammered the point home. The only way I made it through this summer without going back home was thanks to the constant influx of familiar faces that came to visit me in London. A visit from my parents followed by girlfriends coming to see me from Canada, Australia and parts of Europe made this summer in London quite a memorable one. And of course, London being so awesome helped a little bit. St. Paul's London viewAfter showing all the guests around my favourite bits of London, I have become a semi-pro tour guide. That got me thinking, why not share my favourite spots with everyone? Continue reading

Tallinn

I absolutely loved Tallinn. And I am sure so will you if you like a bit of medieval flavour coupled with an architectural culture clash of Nordic and Russian influences at affordable prices.

Tallinn skylineDuring the August long weekend, my coworker Melissa and I went to Helsinki for three days and decided to take a day trip to Tallinn, which actually ended up being the highlight of our holiday.

We got off the ferry and headed straight for World Heritage-listed Tallinn Old Town. The cobblestoned streets and the bright buildings feel a bit like a romantic film set. It’s your quintessential medieval town, but better than most that I have seen. Literally every corner we turned was stunningly picturesque, so we were shamelessly trigger happy as we set to explore the city.

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Helsinki

I am on a mission to visit all the Nordic countries.

Considering I lived in Denmark and visited neighbouring Sweden and Norway two years ago, there were just a couple left to check off my list. So when I found out that my coworker Melissa was jetting off to Finland for the August long weekend, I invited myself along.

Helsinki is interesting. I don’t think it’s as charming as Stockholm or as creative as Copenhagen, but it’s definitely got a unique character that neither of those do. It’s the only European capital without a medieval past – and even after visiting nearly 20 European countries, I’ll have to admit I am a sucker for old town squares, cobblestone streets and towering churches. Therefore, I wasn’t particularly impressed with Helsinki’s architectural beauty, but it surely has attractive features that make it perfect destination for a weekend trip.

After all, put me in any city with a harbour and I’ll be happy and snappy!

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