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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Patio Season in Amsterdam

In case you haven’t figured it out already, I am a sun worshipper. If the sun is out, I can’t be kept indoors. Basking in the sun is definitely one of my favourite activities whether that means I am out walking, cycling or just grabbing a coffee on the patio.

Being Canadian definitely has something to do with the sunshine fixation. We love our short summers and all the things that come with it. My favourite being eating and drinking outdoors.

This past weekend I went over to Amsterdam for my friend Fanny’s birthday and to attend a charity concert put on by my friend for a not-for-profit based in Guatemala. While the evenings were taken up by celebrations and festivities, the afternoons were put to good use: biking around de Pijp, eating outdoors, walking in parks and then grabbing another coffee outdoors.

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Amsterdam as seen from the canals

I love water bodies. Lakes, rivers, oceans, swimming pools, bathtubs: fill up something with water and throw me in there and I am a happy wader. But even if I can’t swim in the water (example: canals), I still like being around/on it.

So, it’s no surprise that when I went to Amsterdam last month, I bugged my friends to go on a canal tour with me. My Dutch-convert friends protested and told me that those tours were quite touristy (read: boring), but if the weather was nice we could hire our own boat and go exploring Amsterdam the proper way – through the canals. The weather was not nice for rest of my visit.

But, I went back to Amsterdam for my birthday last weekend, and lo and behold we were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day where the sun was shinning bright and the crisp wind was just chilly enough. (There is no way to not make this sound cheesy and poetic – it was just one of those days!) So, we hired a boat through Sloepdelen, bought some picnic food, jumped in the boat and started exploring. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my trusted camera with me, but here are some of my iPhone photos. Enjoy!

My Five Favourite Cities in Europe

I have been mentally working on this blog post for almost four years. Having been to more than 20 major tourist cities in Europe, I still don’t feel fully equipped to pass judgement on this topic. But, it’s about time I put my thoughts on paper. Well… on the Internet (And thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I can always edit this list if I change my mind a year from now).

A  lot of people often ask me, “What’s your favourite city in Europe?” and I am always stumped for an instant response. Copenhagen has the best cafes, Berlin has the best street art, Rome has the best food, and Paris has the best shopping. Ranking them in any particular order is definitely a tough job, but it’s a challenge that I am up for.

So, after years of deliberation, here are my five favourite cities in Europe:

5. Venice

I’ve probably already lost credibility for those people who think that Venezia stinks of dirty water and tourist traps. Regardless of the colour of the water and whether I can swim in it, I am an aqua aficionado. I am also huge admirer of urban planning. This entire city is built on 117 small islands in a marshy lagoon! How cool is that? There is something charming about the fact that people in Venice give you directions that sound something like: “Walk this way until you pass three bridges and then make a left under the fourth bridge and then right at the next small bridge.”

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