• Canada,  CityGirlTravels,  Hiking,  Travel Stay-in-Shape

    Vancouver Island Road Trip – Pause and Explore

    When on a road trip, it’s all well and good to enjoy the scenery from inside the car – especially when it’s raining! – but, (aside from when nature calls) I feel that breaks are important, a) to get you out of the car to stretch your legs (Your hip flexors will thank you!), b) to actually enjoy a meal, and c) to pause and explore your surroundings. While you’re working on a) and c), you’ll also get your steps in – bonus! Here is a little guide of places to stop and enjoy when making your way up and down the east coast of Vancouver Island GET RANDOM: The World’s Largest…

  • 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…

  • Canada,  CityGirlMoves,  CityGirlTravels,  Eating Local,  Hiking,  Travel Stay-in-Shape

    Yukon Days – Part One

    A couple days ago, this city girl got on a plane to the Great ‘White’ North. I say ‘White’ because, well it’s summer, and right now, it’s mostly the Great ‘Green’ North. Still spectacularly beautiful though. It’s so… Open.  Or, as the Travel Yukon tagline says: Larger Than Life. My flight was me and a very large Swiss tour group that comprised of very active senior citizens. Despite this, the plane was not full and I had not only the rare treat of a window seat (a battle I tend to lose with my pilot husband), but the entire row to myself.  I must say, the Swiss looked, as most European…

  • CityGirlEats,  CityGirlMoves,  Hiking,  Special Occasions,  Thanksgiving,  Tourist in my town

    Thankful Birthday Weekend – Part 2

    It’s raining outside. Yup, it’s raining, it’s cold, and it’s officially autumn (or the less elegant sounding “fall”) in Vancouver. I sound a bit whiny about the weather because up until Tuesday, it was sunny and warm; and up until today, there was no need for a super warm coat and a pair of my Hunter boots. That being said, the cold, damp weather has made me even more thankful for the fabulous weather we had, especially over the Thanksgiving long weekend. After an evening of birthday fun and turkey goodness, we slept in and woke up to a fridge full of leftovers. A LOT. (First world problems.) I did…