All posts tagged: sunset

Sunrise on top of Haleakala

At every destination you will be a told a list of “must-do” things. Sometimes those turn out to be tourist traps, other times you walk away with a glorious memory. Sunrise at Haleakala was definitely the latter. This is a trip that is not for the faint of heart. There is a price to pay and I’m not talking about the $15 entrance fee into the summit. Be prepared to wake up at 3am dressed in insanely un-Hawaiian winter clothes and drive up a windy road up to the summit in a half asleep daze. Be prepared to stand up to some of the windiest conditions 10,000 feet above ground that will leave your face and hands stiff from waiting in anticipation for the sun to peek above the horizon. All of this sounds pretty awful for a trip that promised nothing but bikinis and short shorts 24/7, but let me tell you… Haleakala is a breath taking experience and you will regret nothing. When we reached the top, it was still very early and …

Paradise Island, Maui

Maui is the all encompassing definition of island life – pristine beaches, tropical palm trees and glorious sunsets. Although K & I planned a good handful of fun activities like surfing and snorkeling, we were determined to slip right into the chill lifestyle of Mauians for the duration of our one week excape.  Maui is known for a few must-eat food items: Macadamia nuts, tropical fruits, and Kona coffee.  On our first day, we had a delicious hearty breakfast made with local ingredients at Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop.  I had their Banana Pancakes which was like eating the best banana bread in breakfast form.  K had their house Frittata and a side of Coconut French Toast drizzled in condensed milk.  Two thumbs up for this place! After breakfast we set off to explore the island by driving along the highway that hugs that parameter of Maui. Almost every strip of the drive was filled with views of the dazzling ocean and mighty mountains in the background. There are plenty of spots for scenic views. …

Long Weekend Getaway in Montreal

Excaping to Montreal for a sweet little road trip with my main squeeze.  Montreal is a major city in Quebec about 6hrs East of Toronto.  It kind of reminds me of a grungy version of Toronto with French speakers.  We started the day off with some classfic Montreal sbagels with lox & cream cheese at Fairmount Bagels.  I was shockingly disappointed at the lack of distinct flavor despite the bagels were prepared in the traditional Montreal style (boiled before baked).  I would recommend St. Viateur, however they do only sell bagels and do not offer ready-to-eat ones with filling. Strolling down Old Montreal was very nice and relaxing.  There is a port where you can see some sailboats and a nice view of the city as a backdrop.   We saw some sort of ceremony happening…but not sure what it was about as the whole narration was in French 😛 I think it was something about the celebration of the city’s anniversary of sorts? Spotted some cool swings that played music and generated energy as …

Australia – Great Ocean Road drive

8 hours later we arrived in…Melbourne, Australia!!  Kind of a surreal moment when the captain announced our landing in the place I’ve been meaning to visit for the longest time.  Australia’s seasons are opposite what we have in Canada and despite the fact that it was Spring in October when we landed, the weather was quite chilly!  We had some lovely friends who were gracious enough to let us stay with them for our 4-day stop.  The Great Ocean Road drive was the first on our bucket list and it is essentially a long windy road built right next to the coast of Victoria so you get these amazing beach and mountain views as you cruise along.  Every beach was more beautiful than the next.  The waters were so crystal clear.  We drove a comfortable 3 hours of this scenic route from Melbourne to Apollo Bay.  By the way, Australians drive on the other side of the road… it was actually kind of trippy seeing cars coming from the other direction, but you get used …

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 …