Where we’ve been

Jacob Riis Park, New York

One of the best places to escape on a hot, sunny New York day is Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. With a wide, expansive beach, live entertainment, gourmet snacks and frozen margaritas, it’s worth the effort getting out here. Jacob Riis Park, Riis to the locals, is a length of beach from...

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street brings up romanticized imagery in the mind’s eye of brass bands, deep African-American spirituals and French street signage. That is just a small part of it. The reality is much closer to Vegas. It’s where people come to party. Really, really hard. And it’s seedy. Woah...

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

In the world of cathedrals, the name Notre Dame is probably best associated with the ancient Parisian version. Notre Dame in Montreal is the modern, colorful version that still inspires reverence. For anyone who has traveled Europe extensively, church fatigue is real. You’re prone to...

Montreal Christmas Village

The festive game is strong at the Montreal Christmas Village (Village de Noel de Montreal). From the moment you enter the area past the giant marionette puppets, you’re transported into a world of Christmas spirit – Montreal style. There’s a thick, sweetness in the air. Despite the sub...

Exploring the Isle of Mull, Scotland

Barren, mysterious, primal, the Isle of Mull is the Hebridean wilderness at its best. Ruined castles, colorful fishing villages and fresh seafood are all alluring propositions when considering a visit to the Isle of Mull. What astounded us was the peacefulness and natural beauty that...

The Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

“The Breakfast Creek Hotel is up for sale”. You know a pub is iconic when legendary Australian band, Midnight Oil name checks it in a song. The Breakfast Creek Hotel, known by locals simply as the “Brekky Creek” is part of the very fabric of tropical Brisbane. It has lived through fires...

Our First Poutine Experience

Poutine. Cheese curds on fries, with gravy. It almost sounds disgusting. We were pleasantly surprised. We grew up eating chips and gravy in bars back in Australia. In our student days, they practically were our diet. Jugs of ice-cold beer and mountains of chips and gravy, with a squeeze...

Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Holyrood Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse (depending on who you are or what guidebook you’ve been reading) is the British Royal Family’s official Scottish Residence. The 16th Century palace sits at the end of the Royal Mile, at the bottom of the hill looking back up towards Edinburgh...

A Harry Potter Road Trip

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, over ten years since the Deathly Hallows was released, you’re probably in need of a rekindling of your love for the boy with the lightening bolt scar and broken glasses. And there’s no better place to do that than within the UK, the home of the franchise...

The ultimate Christmas in New York bucket list

So much of what we associate with Christmas comes from movies set in New York. That makes it high on most people’ lists of places to visit over Christmas. From ice skating under the Rockefeller Christmas tree to visiting Santa at Macy’s, the only disappoint will be the lack of a white...