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Tuscan Road Trip Part III – Buon Giorno Orvieto

For the last leg on our Tuscan road trip we woke up in Orvieto. Well, not exactly in Orvieto but a charming little hilltop town just on the outskirts of this special city. A crumbly town built into a cliff with meandering streets and houses covered in flowers.

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Best Autumn Hikes in Toronto to see Fall Colours

Canada is not called Glorious and Free by coincidence, and this term isn’t just reserved for our Western neighbours. Canada (all of Canada) is a spectacularly gorgeous country. Lauren and I have been travelling so much lately we needed a reminder of how blessed we are to have such bountiful nature in our backyard. Especially the end of summer can sometimes get us into a funk. The days are shorter, colder, with less light, and not that I am one of those “Mercury is in retrograde” type of gals, but I do feel the effect of less sunshine on my mental state.

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Tuscan Road Trip II – Treasures of Val d’Orcia

If you find yourself with a day or two in Tuscany and are keen to find the perfect views of rolling hills, grape vines and rows of olive trees then buckle up and andiamo into the Val d’Orcia.

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Tuscan Road Trip Part 1 – Medieval Siena

Siena is often overlooked. Nestled between the two powerhouse Italian cities, Florence and Rome, unless Siena is specifically on your travel itinerary, it’s easy to whiz by on the A1 onto bigger cities. But with plenty to see and plenty more places to eat, our Tuscan road trip through the Val d’Orcia (think endless rolling hills of green, tall cyprus trees and fields of wheat) started off in medieval Siena. All you need is a car, a map and your best sense of adventure!

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The Art of Being Thankful

I’m a bit far from home and family this Thanksgiving. While Jess is holding down the fort in Toronto, I had to jet over to Europe (Italy in particular) for a few days.

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Cutest Reasons to head to PEC in the Fall: Part 2

Guess what? This coming weekend Southern Ontario is going to be absolutely beautiful. Do you need any more reason to get outdoors than an entire weekend with no rain or clouds? One of my favourite ways to enjoy the sunshine is a quick day trip to Prince Edward County. Last week I shared where to stay… this week I am telling you where to go!

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Glamping with Elements Luxury Tented Camp

Canadian girls don’t shy away from loading up the car with a tent and heading to a provincial park for a weekend of camping. Sleeping under the stars, all snuggled up in a tent is very refreshing, but there is a ton of work involved, especially if you’re the ‘organizer’ in your friend group. We used to go camping once or twice every summer but for the past few years trips abroad have taken precedence over camping – honestly, an all inclusive down south is less work and stress than camping. Lately I’ve become enamoured by the idea of ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping…or camping for brats) – sleeping under the stars in a beautiful canvas tent, with all the comfort of home! You can glamp all over the world (surf + yoga retreat in Portugal anyone?) but really I just like the idea of staying in Ontario – we do have the best camping in the world!

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The Perfect Picnic (does not exist)

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Small Town Love: Gananoque

Jess and I haven’t been to Ottawa in years. The last time I went, I was probably still in my teens and likely unimpressed with our Nation’s Capital. As luck would have it, both Jess and I had the opportunity to visit Ottawa separately for work and we decided to make a road trip out of it! Ottawa is a good long drive from Toronto (about five hours) and the drive takes you through some seriously cute towns. Looking to stretch our legs and do a bit of exploring, we pulled off the highway at  Gananoque – a seriously instagrammable little town.

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Toronto Summer Concert Hit List – Budweiser Stage

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