Friday, 21 October 2016

Cruising with @inkscrblr

Paula Schuck - Thrifty Momma's Tips - @inkscrblr loves to travel with her family, travelling the world, staying in Quebec, and this time taking a cruise.

Check out here Cruise Series.

Cruise booking is a big deal. You’ll be saying yes to a full week out on the sea, or on the ocean, where you’ll be at the mercy – good or bad – of the cruise line you booked with. It’s important to do your homework before you pull the trigger on your cruise booking. You want to have a blast, not get blasted, with a disappointing vacation.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Visiting Gatineau with @inkscrblr

Paula of Thrifty Momma's Tips and @inkscrblr travels widely with her family and is currently headed to Africa as a recipient of a blogging fellowship.

This summer we took our family on the road to Quebec's Gatineau area in the Outaouais Region. I honestly can't stop thinking about it. Quebec never disappoints me. I often wish we lived closer to Quebec. It's truly La Belle Province for so many reasons and the perfect choice for a family vacation.     

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Travelling Tuesday

Travelling Maple Tuesday -

Welcome to Travelling Maple Tuesdays!

Each Tuesday we invite you to post a picture on Instagram and include the hastag ‪#‎TravellingMaple‬. Travelling Maple is a website meant to showcase Canadian travel content. Canadian writers are invited to submit their travel themed posts. It can be about worldwide travel, or travel that takes place here in Canada; around the world or down the block, we want to hear about it (Remember, what's local for you can be a tourist destination for someone else). Any local festivals or sites that you want tourists to know about share with us! 

Each Tuesday we want to take it to Instagram and share our Canadian perspective on travel with the world. We invite Canadian bloggers (or expats) to join in. Post any sort of travel photo, tell us where it's from and be sure to tag it #TravellingMaple.  If you decide to take part we ask that you share the love. For each picture you post please comment on or like at least two pictures with the #TravellingMaple hashtag

And please be sure to follow your hosts: @mapleleafmommy @shairbeargWe can’t wait to connect with you and see your awesome travel photos!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Visiting Arbraska Lafleche in Quebec with @inkscrblr

Paula of  - Thrifty Mommas Tips - travels frequently and loves active family travel that challenges everyone to explore and tackle something new - like zip lining or dog sledding.  This time she is sharing their fun family adventures in Arbraska Lafleche in Quebec.

"On a high flying family adventure at Arbraska Lafleche in Quebec two short weeks ago I had the chance to face one of my biggest fears. My fear of heights. When I turned 45 I told myself that was long enough to be afraid of anything. Zip lining is one of those big adventures that’s been on my travel bucket list for awhile now. Zip lining with my family was one of the best, and most challenging, experiences we’ve had. It was fulfilling and fun and memorable and scary at times too. While facing my fear of heights I learned a few things. These are my zip lining lessons for life.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, at Universal City Walk Orlando

From the moment I set eyes on the new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen I knew I had to eat there. We stepped into Universal's City Walk area, and there was this giant whimsical factory-like building sitting there across the waterway, just begging to be explored.

That first afternoon I convinced my family to walk over the bridge and take a look at the place. I was hoping to make reservations for the following evening, but it turned out they weren't accepting reservations yet (the restaurant was still in preview mode as this was prior to their grand opening event which happened on Sept. 22nd). Still, we set foot inside to explore, and that is when we fell in love with the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium gift shop.

It was a delightful space full of neat steampunk themed knicknacks, some for sale, some just for looks. Everything about the place had a very whimsical feel to it. There were stacks of wee glass potion bottles, filled with flavoured sugars and salts. The back area of the shop was dominated by a machine that dispensed multiple flavours of cotton candy. There were stacks of chocolate bark, and boxes of fresh marshmallows. There were glass cases full of a wide variety of chocolates, truffles, bars, brittles and macarons. The store shelves were stocked with not just the usual gift shop t-shirts and the like, but also nifty Victorian styled hats, both his and hers. There was a spot in the back where you could dip into the giant containers and fill your own jar with whatever candies caught your fancy.

That first afternoon we just browsed. though I did go back later in our trip and pick up a neat porcelain mask to take home with us (as well as a few scrumptious chocolates, which quickly disappeared). Overall I thought the gift shop at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium  was a wonderful, whimsical, space, full of eye catching trinkets and yummy handmade sweets. Even if you don't find you have the time to dine in the Savory Feast Kitchen (and you really should!), if you are heading to Universal Orlando City Walk I would rate this store front as not to be missed.

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