• #GetThrifty,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland,  UK

    7 Tips for Travelling with a Group of Girlfriends + Accommodations Recommendations

    I’ve been back a couple weeks now from a really fantastic trip with some of my best girlfriends, and with jet-lag blessedly dissipated, I’ve begun to dive into my photos and notes. So many pictures, and a lot of information. And memories. Really fun and good memories. (Like this one!) For obvious reasons, small group travel is very different than solo and paired travel. Here are some key points to remember and how to best enjoy the spectacular places you will see with your friends: Compromise This is the most important part of group travel, specifically travelling with your friends. Why? Because it’s not just about you. It’s about what’s best for…

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    CityGirlStuff,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe

    Looking Back at a Paris Birthday

    I recently celebrated my 32nd(!) birthday. In 2013, I didn’t have time or energy to write about 30. In 2014, I didn’t have a functioning laptop while I was away to write about 31. But this year, for 32, I took the time to reflect – possibly because unlike 30 and 31, I’m feeling a little shaky about 32. I’ve had to think about that. Why has this number been bugging me? And I’ve realized that I am both nervous and (more so) excited about the coming year. The last 11-12 months of my life been… Challenging. Actually, at least 75% of that time sucked. A lot. But it got better as the year went…

  • CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Hiking,  Travel Stay-in-Shape

    Acropolis Sunrise

    You know you’ve had a good trip when you have really good memories. I was away for two months and collected many a memory, but a definite stand out day was the morning my flat mates and I trekked up to the Acropolis in Athens to see the sunrise. I am not a morning person, but I love anything about Ancient Greece. So if I was going to see one great thing during my 24 hours in Athens, it was going to be the Parthenon. It was an amazing place to visit and absolutely worth the early wake up. The ruins are beautiful and so detailed (like the ruins we visited in Italy a couple years…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Recipes

    The Napoli Diaries – Part 2 / Homemade Pizza

    The last few days, I’ve been missing Napoli and the food. To be blunt, its that time of the month and I’ve been craving pizza and pasta. To my credit, I haven’t stuffed my face with carbs – I’ve eaten completely the opposite (aside from the truffles that I’ve become addicted to). But today is the exception. And so I made dough and sauce from scratch so I could make pizza. (Recipes below. Unfortunately, they are not from Napoli directly. I didn’t get to fulfill my wish of learning to make pizza from an Italian nonna or nonno while we were there. Next time.) And now I’m sitting here –…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland

    Jet lag, Venison Stew/Pie, Edinburgh last days

    And we’re back. It’s been a week and I’m now ready to finish documenting the trip. It snowed this weekend much to everyone’s surprise. But it’s sunny and beautiful out – I am grateful for no rain. It will make today’s grocery trip much more pleasant. So, the trip. Numbers 28 days 8 (count’em, EIGHT) plane rides 3 countries 50+ km walked 2 awesome shows 24 kg (The weight of my backpack going Naples-London-Edinburgh; Sean’s was heavier.) More wine, food, and fun than two people should probably consume – but it was really good! 2 happy travellers who got to be out of the country for the above mentioned 28…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Dinner with Friends,  Eating Local,  Eating Out,  Europe

    Wind, rain, food

    Today is our last full day in Edinburgh before we go back to London before flying home to Vancouver. I’m very sad to be leaving, but I must say, I’m not going to miss the damn wind and torrential rain… (And I’m from Vancouver.  )Windblown Yesterday, we were meant to go to Glasgow to visit my friend Kyle and watch a hockey game, but that was put on hold and then cancelled as there were gale force winds (102 miles/hour!) across the south of Scotland and Northern England. The trains were suspended and bus service was sporadic. So we stayed in windy Edinburgh and watched the fence nearly fall over…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlTravels,  Europe,  Scotland,  UK

    Christmas, Oink and Hogmanay

    We got back from the Highland town of Aviemore yesterday evening and after doing a bit of work, I can think about the last week and a bit. Aviemore will have to be a different day’s writing but Edinburgh can be consise. Or at least, I will try…. Generosity has been a plenty since the moment we set foot on Scottish soil. Lesley and Stephen welcomed us and our bulky rucksacks into their guest room and told us to make ourselves at home. They are good people. And in return, we have been making a few dinners and I have been getting acquainted with the somewhat older gas range/oven for…

  • CityGirlTravels,  Europe

    Christmas Favourite Things

    I was listening to my favourite radio station on the internet the other day – love technology letting me listen to my station while I’m in the UK! – and they have been playing holiday music 24/7. They played “My Favourite Things” from the classic Sound of Music and I thought “Why do they play this? It’s not a holiday song…” But then I got thinking about my favourite things about the holidays and my question was answered. 🙂 Decorating the tree–  Something I didn’t get to do this year, but Lesley and Stephen have a beautiful tree here in Edinburgh. When we got here, we presented them with a Canucks tree…