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8 of the Best Things to do in Sidney, British Columbia

The seaside town of Sidney, located just five minutes down the road from the BC Ferries Schwartz Bay Terminal on Vancouver Island, offers a surprising number of things to do. Judging by the stream of ferry traffic on the highway, most people give Sidney a pass and head straight for Victoria. But the town is worth a stop, especially in the summer. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I…

48 Hours in Key West, Florida

Driving into Key West didn't mix with my preconceptions of loud floral shirts, Cuban cigars and Hemingway. Instead we were treated to traffic jams, roosters and cats - and the odd view of turquoise blue water and tiny islands making up the Florida Keys. We had only planned on 48 hours in Key West, Florida. Here's what we did that allowed us to feel like we'd made the most of our time without feeling like we…

5 Things to do in Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, a city of about 115,000 inhabitants, sits east of Aconcagua - the highest mountain in South America, in an area of plains and foothills. With the Andes as a backdrop and a sunny climate with low rainfall, it's no wonder Mendoza draws visitors from around the world. They come for the wine and the food but there's more to Mendoza than spectacular Malbec's - the signature grape of the area. Accessible by plane, it's…

What to do on a Trip to Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island is Newfoundland's largest offshore island, located in the central part of the province, approximately 120 kilometres north of Gander. It's a great detour if you have a few extra days en route to the Twillingate area. Read my post about kayaking with icebergs out of Twillingate. Getting to Fogo Island The island is accessed via a ferry service leaving from Farewell. Many of the ferries stop at the Change Islands en route to Fogo Island. Interestingly, some of…

13 of the Best Things to Do Near Lake Okanagan in Summer

When I think of the Okanagan Valley in the summer time, I think of wine tours, biking and hanging out on Lake Okanagan or one of the other nearby lakes. Those three activities could fill a summer. But there's actually a whole lot more to do in the Okanagan Valley. Here are 13 of the Best Things to Do Near Lake Okanagan in Summer Take a 2 hour trip on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. You’ll…

10 Things to do in Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina has been around since 1680. It is a pre-planned city with wide streets creating fire breaks, something learned from the Great London Fire of 1666. At one point it was the fourth largest city in America. Now it's the 227th largest. Other interesting facts about Charleston - all gleaned from the marvelous Tommy Dew walking tour; it was the number one slave trading place until 1808 when the slave trade ended. Rice and…

7 Things To Do in Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio, a small town in Italy, sits on a promontory on Lake Como where the lake splits into two southern branches. It's a fabulous setting but definitely not what I expected. The hills are bigger, it's very lush and there are far more towns and villages around Lake Como than I ever anticipated. Bellagio is a very popular tourist destination - but it's not for everyone. Mostly I saw romantically inclined couples and young families…

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