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The Azores: Furnas in Sao Miguel and Beyond

Head north to explore the island of Sao Miguel to explore some of the natural wonders on the island. This Azorean islands were formed in the mid-Atlantic Ridge where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates collide. From this natural phenomenon, geothermal springs are found on the island of Sao Miguel has thermal pools set against lust tropical landscapes and steaming craters of the Caldeiras das Furnas. For those hoping to stay and enjoy the area, the Furnas Boutique Hotel allows you to relax in their thermal pools and enjoy spa services. This hotel also has an onsite menu serving mediterranean inspired tapas dishes in their modern dining room and patio area. Simple, yet beautiful, this hotel is a tranquil escape in the stunning valley. Sao Miguel is also home to the oldest tea plantation in all of Europe. The Cha Gorreana plantation is a national gem as it grows eco-friendly herbal teas known…

Small Luxury Hotels: Pousada de Lisboa – Praça do Comércio

No matter whether you are a avid or infrequent traveller, the one thing that we can all agree upon is that finding the right accommodation during your trip matters. After hours of touring around the city, this becomes your haven to relax and unwind after a busy day. But lucky for you, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has done the research for you. Compiling a curated list of over 520 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world to offer guest the best locations and highest quality of service. And that is why for my latest voyage to Lisbon, Portugal, the Pousada de Lisboa – Praça do Comércio was the perfect choice when looking for somewhere to stay. Centrally located in the main square of the Praça do Comércio, this hotels is a tranquil haven just steps away from some of the most historic sites in the city. Located in what was…

Exploring Ottawa: Spend a night in the Hi-Ottawa Jail

For seasoned travellers, the allure of being able to stay somewhere out of the ordinary may be just enough to intrigue you to stay in a jail for the night. And lucky for you, it’s possible without breaking the law. The Hi-Ottawa Jail hostel (75 Nicholas Street) is set in the historic former Carleton County Gaol that has been restored and redesign as a hostel. Unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed, along with their dorm room options, the Hi-Ottawa Jail hostel give you the chance to stay in an authentic jail cell overnight. Creepy stuff right? The Carleton County Gaol was first opened in 1862 and has a long history in our nation’s capital. Every day, they host a 30 minute free tour of the jail at 11:00 am to give you a historic look at the jail, the daily lives of the inmates and why it is considered one of the most…

Travel Photography Tips With Your Smartphone

After travelling to thirty countries (and counting!) I love keeping scrapbooks and albums of all of the photos I have taken on my trips.  Everything you need for you next big trip can usually be found on your smartphone or tablet. Packing light has become easier than ever! From travel guides to boarding passes to your camera, everything you need can be stored on this one, very handy, device. Tips for Taking Travel Photography on your Smart Phone A smartphone is a great travel companion. It saves your boarding passes and itinerary, makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home, and it can even help you translate local words and phrases. And with ever-improving lenses, sensors and software, it’s also a fantastic camera!  A smartphone will let you take great photos on the road without standing out or drawing too much attention to yourself, and you…

City Guide: Boston – Where to Eat

Boston is a vibrant capital city embodies the quaint New England charm in a world-class city filled with cultural neighbourhoods, world-class museums and architecture. From historic walking tours along the cobblestone streets to modern marketplaces nestled beside skyscrapers; there is something in the city for everyone. Boston is a city filled with historic districts juxtaposed with modern day flare where tourists and locals alike find themselves wandering through the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the cobblestone streets of Boston’s oldest neighbourhood (the North End – Italian) and enjoying some of the most beautiful sites the city has to offer. Here is a list of some of the delicious restaurants that should not be missed the next time you go to Boston! Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar (412 West Broadwary): Located in the eclectic South Boston neighbourhood, LOCO is a local favourite that specializes in tacos, has a raw bar and…

Martinique: Where to Stay

For all of the jet-setters hoping to escape the cold this winter, look no further than the idyllic island of Martinique. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Martinique is an ideal warm weather destination welcoming tourists with open arms to experience the hospitality of the island. With a wide range of hotels, villas and resorts to stay on the island, here are some suggestions for you next Caribbean vacation. Facing onto the ocean in Les Trois-Ilets, Hôtel Bakoua has been a longstanding favourite on the island having the ideal seaside location for both business and leisure travellers. With an ocean inlet view among a luscious tropical garden, this hotel has an exquisite onsite restaurant, ocean level bar, raised overflow pool and 132 rooms built in creole style buildings. However for all of the travellers looking for something other than the resort, VillaVEO offers a curated selection of rental properties all around Martinique…

Martinique: What to Do

For all of the jet-setters hoping to escape the cold this winter, look no further than the idyllic island of Martinique. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Martinique is an ideal warm weather destination welcoming tourists with open arms to experience the hospitality of the island. Come explore the lush gardens and rich vistas of this tranquil Caribbean island as you venture to see all that this beautiful island has to offer and more. Here are some of the most beautiful spots in Martinique. For a unique and exciting way to see the main area of Fort de France, CycloComm provides you an interesting tour of the island in electric tricycles. This eco-friendly tour company offers you an informative tour to see some of the most interesting tourist attractions in downtown area. For a taste of Martinique, be sure to pay a visit to the Chocolaterie Frères Lauzéa to taste chocolates and candied-fruit paste…

Martinique: Where to Eat

For all of the epicureans and foodies hoping to escape the cold this winter, look no further than the idyllic island of Martinique. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Martinique is an ideal warm weather destination welcoming tourists with open arms to experience their unique Creole cuisine made with a French flair. Martinique is an island filled with a rich and unique culinary culture that is worth exploring on and off the resort. Infusing French cooking styles with Creole flavours; traditional local foods showcase the hybridity of the diverse culinary landscape on the island. Hidden in Pointe Thalémont au François, Le Plein Soleil is a stunning 3-star hotel with a view of the Baie de François. A local gem, this boutique hotel is colourfully decorated and has an exquisite onsite restaurant led by Chef Nathanaël Ducteil. Mixing together French and Caribbean cuisine, this refined menu offers guest…