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Montreal – View from Mont Royal Chalet

This is the view from Mont Royal Chalet in Montreal. Montreal got its name from a mountain, Mont Royal. When youre up there at Mont Royal Chalet, youll be greeted by the sweeping panorama of the city–as if youre just sipping your morning coffee in your own front porch. Though

Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica at Night

Notre Dame Basilica at night in Montreal is an outstanding piece of Gothic architecture. To see whats inside the church where Celine Dion got married in a lavish ceremony and with impeccable line up of entourage here. If you think the facade is beautiful at night, you should see it during

Montreal: Latin Quarter

Montreal Latin Quarter is bustling with life of different dimensions—and I mean it in a good way. Its the melting pot of all kinds of hedonists, from the backpackers to yuppies to socialites. I tried 4 restaurants in the area and theyre just ok. But, dont take my word for

Montreal Gay Village

A street with three names: Montreal Gay Village, The Village and Le Village Gai. Getting off at Beaudry Metro Station, the village is a vibrant neighborhood of everything fabulous along St. Catherines Street. In summer, the village is closed to cars to promote the local businesses that serve in the area.

Chudleighs Apple Picking Farm

Chudleighs Apple Picking Farm is in Milton, Ontario. On Thanksgiving Day last week, a family invited me for an apple picking in the outskirts of Toronto (30 minutes drive). But, when we arrived there, only the shop was open—the apple farm was fenced, a.k.a., closed for apple pickers. So, we

Niagara Falls White Water Walk

For $11, the half-mile walk along the raging waters of Niagara Falls that runs up north, is not worth it. No, I dont mean its not worth visiting. It is. Its just too damn expensive for such very short walk where you cant even swirl your fingers into the water

Cheltenham Badlands in Fall

Cheltenham Badlands is a badass soil. Its deprived of lush vegetation and formed into shiny, bald reddish rolling hills and in between narrow trenches that go down unto the rich soil satiated with lush foliage. A short scenic drive (be awed by the fall colours) from Toronto, the Badlands is

Before I Die I Want To

Before I Die I Want To… Fill in the blanks. What would yours be? Out of the many things you have in your bucket list, which one is the most important thing you really want to accomplish before you finally close your eyes for an eternal beauty rest? … get

Algonquin Park Fall Colors

By this time, you’re already tired of looking at my spectacular Algonquin Park Fall colors shots. But, keep your jealousy to yourself. I have my own. LOL… I promise this is going to be the last entry of fall colours taken from Algonquin Park. I just couldnt resist sharing the

Algonquin Park Fall Colours: The Lookout Trail

At the Lookout Trail in Algonquin Park, there’s a great fall colours that await hikers and visitors. It’s not really hard to fall in-love with a place thats as gorgeous as Algonquin Park—in Fall. The whole park is on fire with burning hues of red, orange, yellow and green. The

Quebec City: Observatoire de la Capitale

Observatoire de la Capitale in Quebec City offers a 360 degrees view of the city where half is a blast from the past and the other half is a picture of modernization. Up there, youll see rivers, mountains, bridges, spires and mazes of streets below. While going around in full

The Old Quebec: Within the Citadel

I had no idea that Old Quebec City is a city within a wall–just like Xian and Pingyao, two ancient cities in China. Thus, the city within is called “Old Quebec” where tourists and visitors would mostly find all the things they must see in one of Noth Americas oldest cities.

Quebec City – Chateau Frontenac

Intimidatingly sturdy right in the heart of Old Quebec, Chateau Frontenac towers above all other buildings. Its nestled right on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River that extends to Montreal. Its Quebec City’s most prominent landmark and, perhaps, a favorite resting/nesting place for those who can afford luxury. The

Montreal: La Banquise Poutine

Poutine (Yeah, it can be pronounced as Putin. Hehehehehe…) is french fries drowned in special kind of sauce and cheese curd. And when in Montreal, a visit to La Banquise in Mont Royal area is ALWAYS worth a visit to savor its delicious poutine featured in many travel books. Dont

Quebec City – Montmorency Falls

When visiting Montmorency Falls, a few minutes ride by bus from Quebec City, anyone will always be reminded that this Falls is nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls in southern Ontario. Every brochure, every tourist guide, every Quebecois would say that with pride. “It is a splendid introduction to
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