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Experience Montreal: A visual guide

My husband and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and we decided to start a tradition where we travel somewhere new every anniversary. Our first anniversary trip was in the beautiful city of Montreal, Canada. I immediately fell in love with the city the moment we arrived. There was something very romantic and vibrant about it. 

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Montreal

Saint Josephs Oratory of Mount Royal: This was one of the places I knew I had to visit in Montreal. It is the Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Mount Royals Westmount Summit. It is Canadas biggest church and is pretty impressive. We were unlucky to get there during a time when they were having some construction on site but it still was amazing. Once you get to the top of the building you will see amazing views of the city. Totally worth the visit!

Old Montreal

Old Montreal street

Old Montreal: Beautiful French influenced architecture, cobblestone streets, charming boutique shops and many awesome restaurants is what old Montreal is about. You simply cannot visit Montreal without experiencing old Montreal. It certainly felt like I was in Europe and was one of my favorite places in Montreal. 

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal: This Catholic church was built in 1656 and is Montreal’s oldest. The interior is absolutely stunning with stained glass and well crafted surroundings. We were a little surprised they allowed photographs in the church. With all the tourists and photography going on, it just felt like going to a museum. At the same time I understand that tourism is how they are able to maintain the building so I embraced the opportunity to be in this amazing church. The fee to enter was only $8 and is well worth a visit. 

Downtown Montreal; Where to eat and More : Our hotel was in the heart of downtown Montreal which gave us access to many cool restaurants and sites. The city is clean, well mantained with lots of pretty floral accents around. One of the must visit streets is St Catherine’s street if you are looking for something to eat or shop. If you are a foodie you will love Montreal’s restaurant scene too. One of my favorites was Terrasse William Gray which is a fabulous rooftop restaurant located on the 8th floor of the chic William Gray Hotel. If you want to enjoy a bite or a trendy cocktail with beautiful views, I highly recommend this spot.

If you are looking for a hearty meal and are not concerned about calories, I recommend the highly rated Au Pied de Cochon restaurant. They have one of the most innovative menus I have ever seen, the food is also rich and decadent. If you love Foie Gras and pork, this is definitely the spot to visit. Oh and definitely try the duck in a can, its what they are known for. The can is opened right at your table and out comes a tasty duck stuffed with foie gras. Yes, that’s right!

For the sweets and pastry lovers a cool spot to try is Maison Christian Faure. They have amazing desserts, macaroons and different types of pastries. The interior is very pretty and they bring all sorts of pastries to choose from right at your table. Definitely stop by one of the fresh juice and smoothie spots in Old Montreal as well. 

PLATEAU DE CHARCUTERIES Terrasse William Gray

We had the most amazing time in Montreal and recommend anyone to visit. It is a cosmopolitan city with lots of charm and beauty. I have been telling the hubs that I want to go back already. 

Have you been to Montreal? Would you like to experience Montreal? What were your favorite spots if you have been there? Where do you think we should go for our next trip?  I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comment box below.

A day in the town of Hingham, MA

We are now in middle of summer and I am absolutely loving the feel of warm sunshine touching my skin. As Charles Dickens said, the sun brings not light alone, but new life, hope, and freshness to man. I couldn’t agree more. Summer is awesome as it usually means vacations, day trips and little excursions. Last weekend I decided to hang out in the town of Hingham which is literally a 8 minute drive from our house. Although it is only next door, visiting Hingham always feels like I am somewhere far away.  

A day in the town of Hingham, MA

town of Hingham, MA

A day in the town of Hingham, MA


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Hingham is a coastal town located on the Boston’s South Shore. What I love about the town is that it has so much character. With many beautiful antique homes and historic districts the town is a photographer’s dream and is absolutely gorgeous. The town also goes all out during the holidays. I happened to go near the 4th of July weekend and the whole place was pretty decked out. 

The downtown area is super cute with coffee shops, boutiques, juice bars and restaurants. If you are looking for a vibrant city vibe you definitely will not find it in this town. This is the kind of town you go to if you want a relaxed and laid back environment. If you also love to be by the water there are so many nice areas to sit and enjoy the water views. I especially love grabbing a lavender coffee by Red Eye Coffee roasters and drinking it at the marina watching the birds. 

A day in the town of Hingham, MA

Bare Cove Marina Hingham

Bare cove Marina Hingham, MA

It’s fair to say that Hingham is one of my favorite towns in Massachusetts as it has become my weekend hangout spot. It has so much to offer in terms of beauty, character and relaxation.

Do you like to visit new towns in your area? What town do you like to visit near you? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. 

If you are interested in another area in Boston, be sure to check out my post on My Day in Boston’s Beacon Hill

A day in Boston’s Beacon Hill

Now that I live closer to the city I have been taking the time to explore the Boston more and it has been awesome. Checking out different neighborhoods and streets in the city is one of my favorite past times especially when the weather warms up. Last weekend we had a beautiful spring day and I decided to head out to the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston. 

 A day in Boston's Beacon HillThe Beacon Hill neighborhood has been referred to as one of Boston’s most picturesque areas. I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Lined with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and beautiful cobble stone streets it is a truly gorgeous area. 

I did not get a chance to take some shots on the famous Acorn street because it was packed with tourists so I went to the less busy streets. A characteristic of Beacon Hill are the stunning Victorian homes with beautiful doors and entrances. As you can tell I spent more time taking pictures of doors because I have a weird obsession with them.

If you are thinking of moving to Beacon Hill, plan on spending millions as it is one of the most expensive ares in the city. The homes, especially by Louisburg Square are worth over 15 million. For that reason I will stick to just visiting the area until I win the lottery. 

 A day in Boston's Beacon Hill


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 A day in Boston's Beacon Hill

After going for a walk and taking shots by the beautiful doors in the neighborhood I stopped by the lovely Rouvalis flower shop  and then grabbed a drink at the nearby Nourish Your Soul juice bar.  Ended the day relaxing at the public garden. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. 

There are so many laid back things to in Boston. If you are looking for a good hotel in the city I recommend the Aloft Boston Seaport hotel. You can read about my staycation at the hotel here

Nourish Your Soul juice bar Boston  A day in Boston's Beacon Hill Although you have lived in your city or town for years, you will be surprised how many awesome places you haven’t seen so I highly recommend looking for new places to explore every now and then.

Experience London: A visual guide

Welcome to the second chapter of the Europe trip. If you read my post on Switzerland then you know that my fiancé and I also took a trip to England to attend a wedding in Kent. It was our first visit to England and we were excited to experience London. Today I am sharing some of my favorite London spots which I highly recommend you check out when you visit.

Experience London: A visual guide

The Queen Victoria Memorial: This was one of my favorites monuments because of its grandiosity. The monument is made of 2,300 tons of white marble, a gold top and is located in front of Buckingham Palace. It is absolutely beautiful even though Queen Victoria does not look warm and inviting in her statue. What do you think guys?

Experience London: A visual guide

Trafalgar Square: Located in the middle of the city, Trafalgar Square has so many interesting sites packed into one area. There are stunning statues, fountains, museums, galleries, historic buildings and a myriad of people from around the world. This makes Trafalgar Square such a visually appealing location and should be on your list of sites to visit when in London.

Household Calvary Museum: I have been to a few museums and the Calvary museum is definitely one of my favorites thus far. The museum celebrates the history and accomplishments of The Household Cavalry. The Household Cavalry comprises of the two senior military regiments of the British Army. There are displays of uniforms, weaponry and other amazing pieces of service men who form the Queen’s mounted bodyguard. If you love museums you will love this place.

Experience London: A visual guide

Wellington Arch: Another beautiful structure in London. I was surprised to learn that it was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace. There are balconies at the top of the Arch where you have amazing views of London. Sites such as these are such a great way yo experience London.

Experience London: A visual guide

Occasionally you will come across men in uniform on horses in the city. The men are usually very serious but we were lucky to find one who was friendly. One of the things I love most about London is it maintains a lot of it historical style despite the modernization of the city. This gives the city such charming character.

Experience London: A visual guide

The other side of town is modern where you’ll see the signature black cabs, red double decker buses and tube trains. Between all of the modern skyscrapers you’ll find many buildings with beautiful facades that harken back to England’s past. This is truly what makes London a great place as there is a nice mix of historical and modern architecture.

While exploring London with my fiancé, I had to take a picture beside the iconic red telephone booths. I am so glad they are not getting rid of the red phone booths even though most people have cellphones today.

I really enjoyed my time in London and would recommend anyone to visit it mostly because of all the history in the city. I must say I was a little surprised that buildings especially the palace and the bridge appeared smaller than I expected but nonetheless I loved the experience and the rich culture.

Have you been to London? Would you like to experience London? What were your favorite spots if you have been there? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comment box below.

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3 Places to visit in Switzerland

A passport is a small little book that opens so many big doors to new experiences and cultures. I recently got my new passport and it has awoken my sense of adventure to the point that I have decided that every year I am going to try and visit a new place.

Recently I was invited to a wedding in England and before heading out to England my Fiancé and I spent some time in Switzerland which we absolutely loved. Switzerland is no doubt one of the most beautiful countries. Just driving from one town to the other left me in awe of the spectacular views. I love every part of the country but these 3 places were memorable.

3 Places to visit in Switzerland 3 Places to visit in Switzerland 1. Montreux Switzerland:

First and favorite was Montreux. This quaint and luxurious city feels like a resort town with its small shops and narrow streets. If you go on some of the walking trails in the residential areas, you will find some beautiful hidden waterfalls. Be warned to bring good walking shoes as this city is best experienced on foot and will involve walking on hills and cobble stone. This to me is what makes Montreux a treasure. The central business district is a second away from the lake and is lined with plenty of restaurants and coffee shops.

3 Places to visit in Switzerland 2. Vevey Switzerland:

We had the most amazing time in Vevey. With sidewalks by the lake and stunning, unobstructed views of Swiss mountains, it is a magical place. there is a cute village with tons of restaurants, bakeries and shops. I really enjoyed walking down the streets and checking out the cute shops around the area.3. The Charlie Chaplin Museum:

Located in Vevey, this is one stop to make if you are in the area. You will get to tour Charlie’s Mansion and watch one of his masterpieces. The Mansion has a certain understated beauty and is filled with Charlie Chaplin’s personal belongings including his , notes, passport, hat and cane.

If you are traveling to Europe I highly recommend a stop in Switzerland. You will definitely not regret it.

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