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Portugal & Spain (SW) in 11 days – A road trip

Portugal & Spain (SW) in 11 days – A road trip

Once again, I was looking for exciting places to visit in Dec – Jan, some place which would allow me to escape the Toronto freezing temperatures and have lot more than just beaches. Portugal, with 10 – 18 C day temperatures, treasure of historical monuments (some dating back to the Roman times), beautiful cities and great food, seemed to be the perfect destination. On further research, I realized that there were a lot of sights to see in smaller towns…

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Hawaii – The Land of Aloha

Hawaii – The Land of Aloha

Hawaii Island (Big Island) in 12 days The reason I decided to visit Hawaii was, in one word, Volcanoes, to be more precise, Active Volcanoes. Just the thought of seeing red hot molten rock flowing and seeing it from a close distance, as close as 2 feet, got me in top planning mode. I read a lot of literature on Hawaii and found that it was a treasure trove for explorers with hundreds of natural marvels and exciting activities that…

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Austria – Hungary – Czech – a road trip

Austria – Hungary – Czech – a road trip

Summary : 13 days; Fly Toronto – Munich; Rent car in Munich for 11 days; Drive to Salzburg – Hallstatt (night stay); Hallstatt to Vienna via Melk; Vienna stay 3 nights; Mozart concert; Vienna to Budapest in Hungary – stay 3 nights; Local folk music and dance; Budapest to Bratislava to Prague ( stay 3 nights);  Opera; Prague to Munich via Cesky Krumlov; Munich Centrum 4 hours; next morning fly back to Toronto Medieval and early modern history, architecture, music and…

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Rattlesnake Point Milton – taste of hills in the plains

Rattlesnake Point Milton – taste of hills in the plains

Like me, if you are a mountain lover and are sorely missing them in Ontario, places like Rattlesnake point in Milton are a good place to experience a few ups and downs which will give you the feeling of being in mountains, surrounded by forests. Its within an hour’s drive from anywhere in the GTA. Its part of the Niagara escarpment which offers easy hikes, good lookout points and good rock climbing and rappelling options. Park Address 7200 Appleby Line…

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Canadian Rockies and BC adventure in 14 days – a road trip in August 2016

Canadian Rockies and BC adventure in 14 days – a road trip in August 2016

A trip to Vancouver and Canadian Rockies ranks high in everyone’s bucket list. I always wanted to do a road trip through the Rockies, one, because of my fascination for mountains, two, because of the breathtaking beauty, heightened by the pristine forests and lakes and three, because of the wildlife. There are at least ten more reasons why this trip would rank amongst the top 10 in the world for adventure and nature lovers. The best part is that there…

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Mesmerizing Morocco – 13 days of adventure and exploration

Mesmerizing Morocco – 13 days of adventure and exploration

Mesmerizing Morocco – a 2 week trip Key words: Ancient history; Roman ruins dating back to 300 AD; Culture; Sahara Desert; Atlas mountains; Todra Gorge; Medinas; Beaches Researching for warm places to visit in Europe in Dec – Jan, I kept moving south looking for reasonably warm and exciting places when I came across an article on Morocco, a north african country which is just south of Spain. It said that Morocco was a popular destination for european visitors, especially,…

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Grey County Waterfalls tour

Grey County Waterfalls tour

Grey county has 9 waterfalls. except for 1 or 2 they are all small falls but are very scenic. You can do this tour in 1 day but I would recommend doing it in 2 days as you can then take an overnight halt on the scenic shores of Georgian Bay. Most falls can be seen by walking for 5 -15 minutes from the car parking but to really enjoy the waterfalls, one should be prepared to do some hiking…

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Picturesque East Coast of Canada : Brampton – Quebec – New Brunswick – Nova Scotia – Road Trip

Picturesque East Coast of Canada : Brampton – Quebec – New Brunswick – Nova Scotia – Road Trip

A road trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia via Quebec would be about 4600 – 5000 kms depending on the local travel that you do. The itinerary I am giving below has a good mix of natural beauty / landmarks, adventure activities, history and experiencing the cuture and cuisine . Great trip for families and it can be planned to suit any budget.   We took 15 days to do it and I would not recommend going any shorter.

Las Vegas in December

Las Vegas in December

Las Vegas Great place to visit for everyone; whether you gamble or not, you will find Vegas entertaining; great place for families too. We had booked our stay at Hotel Paris (one of the best locations right in the thick of things) almost 2 months in advance. TIP: look for deals on all online websites. Hotel website are not the best place to look for deals.

Enchanting Sedona

Enchanting Sedona

Grand Canyon to Sedona: We started early from Grand Canyon for Sedona which is a 2 hour drive. Reached Sedona at 9.30 or so. Grabbed a coffee at a local cafe, enjoyed it in the sun; temperature was about 6 – 8 C.

Grand Canyon – South Rim

Grand Canyon – South Rim

There is a ton of authentic information on Grand Canyon on the park website. I am giving below my experiences which you may not find anywhere else. Enjoy! If you want to stay on the canyon rim, book well in advance, 6 months in advance. If you want to camp at the Phantom ranch at the bottom of the canyon, book a year in advance. The North rim is closed in winter so we could only visit the South Rim….

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Elora Gorge – Tubing the Grand River through the stunning Gorge

Elora Gorge – Tubing the Grand River through the stunning Gorge

If you’re looking for an exciting outing for the family with a rush of adrenaline, Elora Gorge is the perfect setting for you. It is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River Valley which is about 1 to 1 1/2 hours drive west of Brampton. The Elora Gorge conservation area has camping facilities with unserviced and serviced sites with electricity. So you could either take an RV or just go tent camping with your…

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Costa Rica in 15 days : Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 – an exotic family vacation

Costa Rica in 15 days : Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 – an exotic family vacation

15 days in exotic Costa Rica : Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 Costa Rica is a beautiful Central American country nested between Nicaragua on the north and Panama on the south. It is a small country where you can travel from east to west in less than an hour by flight but would take you a very long time to drive because of its mountainous terrain. You can see the Caribbean coast, tropical rain-forests, mountains and volcanoes, cloud forest, sunny…

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