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12 Affirmations for Travel

July 9, 2016,

In a recent blog post I announced that in Happiest When Exploring’s second year, the blog was going to diversify a little bit – and this is a taster of what some new posts will look like. This post is still about travel but I’m introducing something that I’ve only briefly touched on on the blog – […]

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A Year in Photographs: HWE in 2016 in 16 Photos

June 8, 2016,

In light of Happiest When Exploring’s one year anniversary, here is another blog post to commemorate the occasion… it’s a pretty big deal, after all – and I’m happy to celebrate this milestone and share 16 of my favourite travel photos from 2015 and 2016. “You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” – Unknown This […]

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Happiest When Exploring’s One Year Anniversary! + Announcement

May 31, 2016,

  I’m retiring. Happiest When Exploring began exactly one year ago, in May 2015. It’s our one year anniversary… and I’m retiring. That’s right.   The blog inspired many new adventures: from Costa Rica to Hungary and Poland, to the South of Italy.  But now, I’m retiring (…quitting sounds too harsh!) But wait.. I’m not retiring in the traditional […]

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7 Quotes to Inspire You To Visit Italy

May 11, 2016,

There’s just something special about Italy – something that always has me coming back for more. I can’t get enough of this beautiful country – from the North to the South, and everywhere in between, I’m hooked. Once you visit Italy, it’s hard to not not return to the land of pizza, pasta, gelato, piazzas, fountains, fashion, and […]

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Experiencing the Public Market

April 29, 2016,

When I was growing up, my mother would often talk of her Saturdays spent at the Jean-Talon Market in Montreal. For my grandparents, my mother and her brothers, going to the market was a Saturday ritual and a necessity. They would walk from their home to the market and afterwards, they would take the streetcar* […]

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10 Songs That’ll Make You Want to Travel

April 18, 2016,

There’s just something about a playlist that can alter your mood, cheer you up, bring you back to a special moment in time… and my favourite: songs that make me want to travel (and songs that I listen to when I travel). Here are 10 songs that’ll inspire you to travel, explore new places, pack […]

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Reflections of Universal Studios, Orlando

April 1, 2016,

“I think this is what heaven will be like!” This is what I told my daughters as we passed under the gates into Universal Studios in Orlando. The attendants were joyful and they looked at us as if they were waiting just for us… I felt welcomed. And the emotions did not stop. Every detail […]

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Why It’s Taken Me So Long to Write About Budapest

March 18, 2016,

Have you ever travelled somewhere completely new (to you) but come to find that upon your arrival, it was as if you were home? There’s not much about Budapest that you’d mistake it for Montreal – it’s more that upon arriving in Budapest I felt incredibly safe, protected, peaceful and at home. How had I not been here before? It […]

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