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Canadian Rockies: The Ultimate Road Trip [Part 2]

Part 2 of Kittie and Samiha’s Rockies experience in Canada!  Here’s Part 1 in case you missed it. Rockies Heli Canada We also made a stop and did a helicopter ride over the mountains with Rockies Heli Canada! It was a 20-minute ride called the “6 Glaciers Tour” and was simply breathtaking. The views were incredible and it feels completely different when you’re up at over 9,000 ft! We flew over 6 different glaciers and through the valleys, but also over the Cline River. The road you see below there is the David Thompson Hwy, which is another incredible drive that takes you to Edmonton, instead of Banff. Off the David Thompson Hwy and along the Cline River, we stopped near the Kootenay Plains and had a little picnic. It was the perfect spot and gave us a moment to sit, relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Banff Banff is home to the famous Lake Louise, but rarely do people talk about Moraine Lake, which is just a few minutes drive away. Both are beautiful …

Canadian Rockies: The Ultimate Road Trip [Part 1]

Today I have a special guest post from fellow Excapers Kittie and Samiha!  If you enjoyed my previous post on my Yosemite trip, you’ll love what these two travelers have in store for you on their Rockies experience! Living in Canada, we’ve all heard about the Rockies, but few of us rarely get the chance to see them in person. Until you’re there, you wouldn’t believe the grandeur of it all. You feel like a tiny speck in the universe against the backdrops of these gorgeous and majestic mountains. We took the ultimate road trip through the towering mountains of British Columbia and Alberta, accumulating in: +2,500 km (+32 hrs) of driving, 8 cup noodles, 1 heli-tour, 0 grizzly bears, 10 lakes and probably over 100 mountains. Squamish & Whistler Our first stop was driving up through the popular Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish and Whistler, BC to visit the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and Whistler Village’s PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. It was a test of acrophobia (fear of heights) that day, but the views were definitely worth every bit! …

Australia – Beach bound on Horseback and Peninsula Hot Springs

Beaches in Australia are nice…but you know what’s even better? Beaches on horseback!  I was so happy I got to tackle one of my bucket list items and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location.  Gunnamatta offers 2-hour horseback riding on the beach and no experience is required.   We were a little bit late when we showed up to place and the moment we got on our horses we started trotting already!  A bit scary at first but after a while you get used to the rhythm.  The movies always make galloping look so easy but it’s actually a lot of work as you need to continuously use your leg muscles to keep yourself steady and to sit up and down while your horse trots. Since we were late, K and I ended up with the naughtiest horses of the bunch – Lily and Rose.  Apparently they were best friends which wasn’t surprising as they were both equally mischievous.  Lily kept cutting in front of everyone and Rose just wanted to go …

Santorini Day 2: Sailing, Volcano climbing, Donkey taxis & Sunsets in Oia

We only had two days in Santorini and we were intent to squeeze as much fun out of this little island as possible by signing up for an intense all day tour.  We fueled up at our favorite local cafe with savory crepes, and greek yogurt with muesli.    The crepe was perfectly toasted and satisfying    Our first stop was hopping on board this awesome sail boat and heading towards our first stop… a volcano.  Yes, we were about to climb a volcano.   Pro tip: sandals or flip flops are NOT a good idea.  It was painful enough for me walking up with sneakers, I can’t imagine how bad it would be in flip flops.  Fortunately the air was dry because it was pretty darn hot hiking up these steep rocky hills.    I don’t fare so well in high altitudes so this was quite challenging for me.  But when we reached the top, I was really taken back by the natural scenery.  You only see this stuff on TV and books right?  Experiencing …

Best of Tuscany

Our next stop after Venice was Florence!  The city itself is not extremely exciting or big, but we had a full day “Best of Tuscany” tour lined up.  We started the day bright and early, reaching our first stop in the beautiful city of Siena.   We were lucky to get a tour by a local who told us some pretty interesting facts about this medieval town.  Siena is divided by “contrade” which is Italian for neighborhoods and each contrada had its own symbol derived from an animal.  Some of the animals were pretty common like eagle and badger, but there were some pretty ridiculous ones like unicorn and caterpillar (heck, I wanna be on the unicorn team!).  The citizens of Siena are sorted into these contrada right after birth and there is a lot of pride involved in representing their own contrada.  In fact, they go as far as to have these symbols engraved into the regions of each neighborhood so you’ll always know whose turf you’re on.The one famous tradition that is held …