Cozy Farm Weekend

Nothing quite warms my heart into a state of pure coziness like a crisp autumn weekend spent at a farm. My boyfriend's good friend celebrated his birthday at his family's farm and it was exactly how November weekends should be spent; away from the grey city, technology unplugged, an abundance of food, drink, conversations, laughter, games and the coziest of … Continue reading Cozy Farm Weekend

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Recharge: Camping at Balsam Lake

Last weekend some friends and I drove up to Baslam Lake Provincial Park to get away from the city craziness. The last time I went camping was pretty much two decades ago when I was in Girl Scouts (yeesh, I'm gettin' old!) so I was really looking forward to sleeping in tents, roasting some S'mores and sharing stories by … Continue reading Recharge: Camping at Balsam Lake

Feeling The Love From Hong Kong and Thailand

Oceans and time zones don't mean a thing for globetrotting friends. I came home today to find a package that my dear friend sent me as an early birthday gift: items collected through her Asian adventures. She send me a lovely postcard from Thailand, a sweet birthday card in which she wrote "Happy Birthday" in Cantonese, an … Continue reading Feeling The Love From Hong Kong and Thailand

Turkish Delight 10 – Boat ride on the Bosporus

Turkey is the only country in the world that is part of two continents: Europe and Asia. And the best way to experience that phenomenon, and to also to get a nice view of the Istanbul coast, is to take a boat ride on the Bosporus which is the trait that separates the two continents. It … Continue reading Turkish Delight 10 – Boat ride on the Bosporus

Turkish Delight 9 – Afternoon in Taksim

If you want to experience the duality of Istanbul’s ancient Orient and European modernity, Taksim will certainly provide that contrast for you. Taksim is in the European part of Istanbul where you will find a much more modern and familiar Western ambience. The streets of Takisim were filled with busy pedestrians as they strolled by restaurants, … Continue reading Turkish Delight 9 – Afternoon in Taksim

Turkish Delight 8 – Visit to Topkapi Palace and the Harem

Another historical must-see in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace is where the Ottoman Sultans used to live. It’s a big palace with a lot to see but our main interest was to visit the Harem which is the private rooms where the Sultans, their wives and concubines used to live. Mesmerized by the design, colours, tiles and historical explanations … Continue reading Turkish Delight 8 – Visit to Topkapi Palace and the Harem

Turkish Delight 7 – Lunch at Sultanahmet Koftecisi

One of the things that adds to Turkey’s awesomeness is that it’s very affordable. Accommodation, transportation and food is cheap, and that is the reason we stumbled upon this little kofte (kebab) place in Sultanahmet. We were lured by the sign at the window that read “Kofte 8 TL (Turkish Liras)”, which translates to "Kofte … Continue reading Turkish Delight 7 – Lunch at Sultanahmet Koftecisi

Turkish Delight 6 – Day Trip to Ephesus

The historical and cultural richness of Turkey is well apparent when you visit Ephesus, the ancient Greek-turned-Roman city situated in western Turkey. Its ruins and colosseum brings you back thousand of years BC and almost makes you feel like you're on the movie set of Helen of Troy. Well organized and affordable, this is a … Continue reading Turkish Delight 6 – Day Trip to Ephesus

Turkish Delight 5 – Going to a Hamam (Turkish Bath)

Any woman loves being treated to a spa so when you visit a country that is historically and culturally renown for their traditional spas, there is no missing out on this must-do activity. Hamams have been around for centuries since the era of the Ottoman Empire and have become a staple representation of the luxuriousness … Continue reading Turkish Delight 5 – Going to a Hamam (Turkish Bath)

Turkish Delight 4 – Train Adventure in Izmir

After landing at the airport in Izmir, we headed to the train station which was conveniently located at the airport (ahem, take note Toronto). Our hotel confirmation indicated that the the closest subway station to the hotel was Basmane station, which was only a “15 minute” train ride from the airport. As we bought our train … Continue reading Turkish Delight 4 – Train Adventure in Izmir

Turkish Delight 3 – Boat Ride in Antalya

Since we were looking to just relax and keep it low-key in Antalya, we went for a leisurely boat ride on our first afternoon there. We were the only tourists on the boat which I really liked because once thing I enjoy about traveling is stepping away from the touristy things once in a while and participating in … Continue reading Turkish Delight 3 – Boat Ride in Antalya

Turkish Delight 2 – Picnics in Antalya

Antalya is easy to fall in love with. As much I would go back to Istanbul in a heartbeat, I would have to say that my favourite part of our Turkish trip was our three relaxing days in Antalya. Situated in the south of Turkey along the Mediterranean sea, Antalya is known for its beaches … Continue reading Turkish Delight 2 – Picnics in Antalya

Turkish Delight 1 – Seeing The Sunset Over Istanbul

After having spent the day exploring Sultanahmet on our third day in Turkey, the old part of Istanbul, my friend and I decided to walk up to Taksim which is Istanbul’s modern district. Walking up to Taksim from Sultanahmet is an entertaining twenty five minute walk as we passed by spice and coffee merchants, shops filled with turquoise ceramics … Continue reading Turkish Delight 1 – Seeing The Sunset Over Istanbul