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Exploring Canada

Short and long trips in Canada, from big cities to small towns.

Once There Was a War

Since you don’t come to Ogdensburg for a culinary adventure, the guys had lunch at Subway while I was taking pictures of the bilingual Spanish/English signs and an Amish man queuing for a sandwich...

Doors Open Toronto

By chance, the weekend we were in Toronto, the annual “Doors Open” event was held, a city-wide celebration offering free, rare access to more than 155 landmarks. We have a similar event in Ottawa...

Exploring Toronto

Of all the Canadian cities, Toronto is probably the one I know best. I have a soft spot for the place where I first landed in Canada in 2002, coming directly from Rio de Janeiro with a sweater and a...

Shut Up, Shut Up, Shut Up!

“Did that just happen?” I asked Feng. He shrugged. He is more patient than me with strangers’ unwanted advice, because unlike me, he is not familiar with the “toddler police”.

An Artsy Sunday in Montreal

We checked out of the bedbugs hotel (yay!) hopefully leaving the insects behind (RIP dead bug on white sheets… I still have your picture!). The plan was to explore McGill University and its famous...

Bad Luck Day in Montreal

For some reasons, we always have a hard time “mastering” Montreal. It should be easy: it’s a first-world city, a blend of North American and French influences, it’s close to Ottawa… and yet, we...

Gananoque, Clouds and a Piano

On our way back from Belleville, we stopped in Gananoque. It had been a while: the last time was in May 2012, and I was five-month pregnant then. We took the exact same picture, by the lighthouse...

A Misty Visit to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls. This amazing natural wonder of the world is on the bucket list of most travelers—everyone want to see them at least once. But how many people come back for a second, a third or a...

Toronto Island

The only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands are located just offshore from the city centre. Today, it’s a popular recreational centre and a quick getaway from...

A Long Weekend in Toronto

Every year (except when I’m eight-month pregnant like last year…), we take a short trip during the Labour Day long weekend. Two years ago, we were in Toronto and visited Barry, Balm Beach and the...

Along the St. Lawrence Seaway

After a stop in Alexandria Bay, we decided to cross the border back to Canada at the Thousand Islands Bridge and to follow the parkway along the St. Lawrence Seaway. I do miss living by the ocean but...