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Beaver Lake, Montreal

Beaver Lake, Montreal isn’t exactly a mecca for winter sports, but for a short break, it gives a taste of the fun you’d get out at Mount Tremblant or one of the other regional resorts. Waking after a heavy snowfall that has escalated from the early hours, it’s the obvious choice to embrace it and make the most of the fresh coating. We head up Mount Royal on foot, in...

Montreal’s Street Art Scene

Montreal’s creative street art scene creates a rainbow of color in the bleak conditions and dirty snow of a Canadian winter. Exploring Montreal in the heart of winter, what really stood out was the creative vibe permeating every aspect of the city. Per capita, its theaters dominate the cultural landscape and its appreciation and encouragement of the Arts has to...

Snorkeling Barbados

Rum, monkeys and beaches aside, the chance to have a close encounter with a turtle, snorkeling in Barbados has to be its biggest draw card. We landlubbers booked a berth aboard the incredibly 80s-monickered Stiletto for a day of snorkeling, cruising and drinking. Little were we to know how it would all turn out. Starting at 9am, an unexpectedly punctual taxi full of...

Review: Mike’s Bike Tours, Amsterdam

Mike’s Bike Tours started in Amsterdam and is now franchised across the continent. They offer cheap, informative tours and bike hire, giving you a healthy way to see more of a city than if you were to walk it or go via the underground (not really an option in this waterlogged city). We’re greeted by a friendly and intelligent Dutch man whose accent is more Oxford...

Hakaniemi Market

The Hakaniemi Market Square is one of several traditional open air markets in Helsinki, Finland. After reading about them on blogs and seeing them on travel shows, we stopped by to see just how good the strawberries really are. We’re in Helsinki and it’s 8 a.m. after a 2 a.m. bedtime. The sun is up. Actually, it never really set, rather settling low on the horizon...

Guide: 72 Hours in Cancun

72 hours isn’t much time to enjoy Cancun, but in just three days we managed to squeeze in sun, surf, sand along with a dash of history.  As we plunge into the icy depths of the ancient sinkhole, I’m experiencing an overwhelming sensory overload. It could be the fact that we’re treading water in a dark, murkiness that is over 130 FT deep or maybe just maybe it’s...

Review: Hotel Nyx

Hotel Nyx is a hidden gem in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. There are times you book a hotel after hours of price comparisons and reviews and you still come out of it underwhelmed. Then there are those times when you book last minute and go in blindly. Throwing caution to the wind, we secured three nights at Hotel Nyx and were more than pleasantly surprised. Driving along the...

Museo Maya de Cancún

Museo Maya de Cancún is one of the newest arrivals in the Cancun’s Hotel District and it is also one of the oldest.  The museum and cultural center was designed by Mexican architect Alberto García Lascurain, with the forecourt fountains (the three white columns which represent vegetation) by Dutch sculptor Jan Hendrix. Before entering the museum, we decided to stroll...

Playa Delfines, Cancun, Mexico

Playa Delfines is the gateway to Cancun’s Hotel District. Playas are everywhere in Cancun. The fast muscle cars (generally hired to look the part – of A class douche), spring breakers and fake everythings are par for the course around here. But the real playas are far more appealing – playa being Spanish for beach. Playa Delfines is a stretch of white, sandy...

Exploring Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza. We’re both excited to finally visit a site that has been on our bucket lists for years. Built between 750 and 900 AD, the well of the itza is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. A Mayan adventure without the sacrifices. In our minds we’re expecting to hack our way into the jungle to get to this ancient site, like something you would see in an...