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Bang Bang For Ice Cream

Ontario, Canada It’s a late Friday night in Queen West, Toronto and the city is still mourning the overtime loss of their beloved Leafs. But spring is in the air and that calls for some good ice cream to soothe the sting. Ice cream does cure most things, right? Welcome to Bang Bang Ice Cream on Ossington…

The Attraction of Traveling Alone

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada I read this article on elitedaily.com by John Haltiwanger and thought I’d share! People Who Travel Alone All Have One Thing In Common: They’re Wise There’s nothing quite like waking up by yourself in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but explore. It’s simultaneously invigorating and unnerving. But the frightening aspects…

Old Town Lunenburg – Right Out of A Postcard

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Canada Here about 90 km from Halifax tucked away on the south shore of Nova Scotia is this tiny little port town of Lunenburg. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. A replica of the famous racing Schooner Bluenose from the early 1900’s. This…

The Joys of Nova Scotia Winters

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Welcome to a NS winter where it has been known to start snowing in mid November and spring might break in April. The annual snowfall totals can range between 200-300 cm a season with usually 1 huge storm dumping a third of that in a day. I have a good laugh thinking back years…

Natural Seaside Beauty – Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia Canada It took me 50 yrs to visit this historical gem in my own backyard of Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove! Established in 1868 this small rural fishing community on the eastern shore of St Margaret’s Bay is still home to a few local lobster fishermen but tourism is the main draw…

Day Trip To Exuma Cayes

Exuma Cay, Nassau Bahamas About 40 miles south east of Nassau lies the Exuma Cayes. Made up of over 360 islands and cayes that run for approximately 120 miles from north to south. Mostly uninhabited and we are off on a day trip to the private Island 0f Saddleback Caye with Island World Adventures. The Exumas’ crystal clear…

Tulum…An Unexpected Surprise!

Tulum, Mexico I suddenly find myself in Tulum 7 mths after starting out on my journey from Cancun through Central America and now making my way back to fly home for my niece’s wedding in Nova Scotia. 7 Countries, 37 cities and towns, 44 different beds slept in and not one bed bug to be found,…

Semuc Champey Nature Preserve

Alta Verapaz, Guatemala While dropping into Antigua, Guatemala for the 3rd time in 6 months. Yes I love this mountain city surrounded by active volcanoes with warm days and cool nights it’s magical here! More on that later. I kept hearing the same buzz from fellow travelers again and again. You have to go to Lanquin and travel into…

Volcano Boarding In Nicaragua…Do You Dare?

Leon, Nicaragua Monster Mercedes Ride Think tobogganing on high grit sand paper at over 50 km/hr after you spent an hour hiking to the top with all your gear in tow! By the way, it’s an active volcano and a hot humid 90-degree day. Do you dare? Welcome to Volcano Boarding outside Leon, Nicaragua on…

Christ of the Mercy Hike

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Well it’s a beautiful morning and I think I’ll finally tackle the hike up to Christ of the Mercy statue perched high on the cliffs overlooking the bay of San Juan and the beach. It’s one of the first things you notice when you arrive here in town. The colossal…

The Majesty of Volcán Arenal

La Fortuna, Costa Rica I find myself loading into another shuttle van in San Jose for the 90 km trip to the north western region of Costa Rica to the small town of La Fortuna. I’ve heard through the grapevine that it is a great place to spend a few days hiking around Arenal Volcano National Park. Little did I…

Not Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

Punta Gorda, Belize Finding myself in this sleepy town of Punta Gorda or as everyone calls it PG. The southern most tip of Belize where usually you only come to catch a boat across Amatique Bay to Guatemala. This is the less traveled part of Belize! Roads in to Guatemala this far south don’t exist yet….

DTouz With Doyle E

Placencia, Belize  I did a lot in my 2 weeks in Placencia but running into Doyle E Gardiner was a treat. I think Jim and I had a few too many beers and rums with him at the Barefoot Beach Bar! His official office. Doyle is a great guy, a skilled guide and loves sharing his…

Spear Fishing For Lobster!

Placencia, Belize Growing up in small town Nova Scotia we “Bluenosers” know the succulence of these ocean bottom dwellers! So when a day of spearing fishing these sweet crustaceans amongst the coral reefs of the Caribbean presented itself I was ready! We planned a day with Caye Quest Private Tours of Placencia. The day long trip included everything…