Montreal for the summer 

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg


After a long hockey season in Finland we finally made our way back home to Montreal! Although we didn’t have the nicest “summer” it felt so good to be home. We got to see family and friends, we traveled plus we added a four legged baby to our family (the best part of my summer).

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Baby Jax

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Old Montreal 

This is probably one of the nicest places here in Montreal, I visited about 3 times so far this summer,  I just love strolling around taking pictures plus they have some really cute restos , shops & cafes !

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His little face !!

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Mural fest 

One of the meany reasons why I love this city is because there is always something going on, this was from one of the festivals. How cute is that wall though ?!

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My little fam 

Here you can probably get the nicest view of Montreal, me and my two bugs after visiting his grandparents graves.

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Spa day 

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Relaxing

We managed to check out this gorgeous spa which was about 45 mins from Montreal , this was actually on my birthday! It was the most peaceful spot, theres just something about being surrounded by nature that calms my soul.

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Weekend at the cottage 

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Shopping day with my boys 

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Aux Vivres 

Shout out to my girl & the best guide ever G! Thanks to her I have tried quite a few spots with delicious vegan foods. I finally got Phil to come with me and try out one of the restaurant and I was so happy that he actually enjoyed his meal!

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Carrefour Laval 

This mall is by far my favourite, I could honestly spend an entire day here just shopping around. They have the best shops and the cutest little garden inside.

Aside from the weather being crappy, we really did enjoyed our summer here! Now looking forward to the hockey season & exploring a new country / city !!!

 

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St Augustine 

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

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We got really lucky considering it was down pouring all morning and when we got there.  First of all it took us about half an hour to find parking (so crazy) but when we did it stopped raining! Our first stop was food because we were starving !

We ended up eating at a seafood restaurant, the food was A- MAZING and the company even better.


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After we ate we headed out and explored a bit, it seriously looks like an enchanted town from a fairy tale book! I absolutely loved it ! Since the weather wasn’t the best we just did a quick stroll ( I want to go back ). 

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my heart 

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The oldest school

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Accurate (lol) 

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Gloomy day

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Great end to our trip

It was a short but sweet little trip, will definitely love to go back on a sunnier day ! This was the last of my 3 weeks down in Florida, I was so happy to see my parents again.. And the best part was that I didn’t even have to take time off from work !!

Fernandina Beach

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

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After almost a year of not seeing my mom I was able to fly myself down to Florida and spend 3 weeks there! I had never been to this area before so I was pretty excited to explore a new city.

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The first day we went to check out a resto on the beach, we ordered a seafood platter to share & some wine.. I loved the feel and the food was delicious!

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A few days later we drove down to Palmetto for a work conference which was insane! It was my first time attending one and I am so glad I went.

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Greens for the win 

After the conference , we went back to Fernandina and then a few days later we drove down to Orlando to visit my aunt & cousin. While down there we went to the outlets and did some shopping, it was wonderful of course!

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Best pizza

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Outlets for the afternoon 

For our last weekend together we booked a sunset cruise , we got to learn a bit more about the city & we were able to bring our own drinks … say what !! It was such a nice and fun evening. 

This was at one of the Mexican restos near the house , the food was delicious & the 2 for 1 margaritas deal was amazing !

Overall we had an amazing time together, and I was so happy to be able to spend some quality time with my parents again.  Until next time !

 

 

Munich layover 

” Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Unknown

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Beautiful city

We had an 8 hour layover in Munich which we were pretty excited about, we had been to Berlin before but we were eager to visit another German city ! We landed super early so we hoped on the metro and headed to the center. The only thing was that it was good Friday so a lot of places were closed, so we ended up at Mc Donald’s for breakfast (fail).

After our delicious & healthy meal.. kidding!! We took our coffee to go and explored around. I was blown away by all the beautiful architecture, narrow paths and eye catching statues. We walked around for hours and took pictures but it still felt as if we didn’t have enough time! Safe to say I would love to go back for a weekend one day!

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I love doors

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Heading back to the airport

 

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Pre flight eats

After an exciting day full of exploring we got back to the airport to find out we had been upgraded to business class.. YES!! This was our first experience & absolutely loved it. We got greeted with some sparkly wine & a small care package.. it was awesome!

I spent most of our flight back to Canada listening to self- development videos, drinking wine, napping & eating chocolate.. Best flight ever! Made an 8 hour flight feel like 2.

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Upgraded

 Until next time xo

 

 

 

 

Punta Cana

“Traveling –  it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta


After spending a long winter in Finland and coming home to rain we finally got the chance to go down to the Dominican! We have been to Mexico, Panama and Cuba but this was a first for us!

Breakfast views

 

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Best day

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First night at the hotel

First of all, the resort was HUGE.. The views were stunning and the weather was perfect. One of the things we get the most excited about is the food and drinks, Yep! And it did not disappoint, everything was soo good and fresh.. Plus we got mimosas with breakfast every day , how cool!

 

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Mimosas all day, every day

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In love with this resort

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Sunshine with a side of iced coffee

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sunny days

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Ready for the show

 

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work from bed

I was also able to fit in some work while enjoying our trip, I love that I am able to work around

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Heaven

Enjoying my It Works greens during breakfast, every morning in order to recharge for the day! Definitely much needed after all the yummy food & sun!

 

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views

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mimosas for breakfast, all day every day

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best view

 

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Seafood risotto

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He insisted we take a picture together haha

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Can I just wake up to this every day ?

 

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Drink of the day: Fresh juice with rum

 

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I even had a spa day!

 

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Sushi night at the hotel

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One of the few pictures we managed to get together

 

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What a blast!! We decided that we will go on an all inclusive vacation every year from now on!!

 

Where to next ?!

– S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholm for the day

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

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Beautiful city

Since we had some time off we decided to take the over night ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm! The ferry was quite big and there were a lot of people, our cabin was bigger than I expected and the beds weren’t all that bad! We decided to have dinner on board and then drinks for the happy hour.  The ferry left at about 5 p.m and got to Stockholm at around 10 a.m. We enjoyed our breakfast buffet before getting off since we knew we were going to be doing a lot of walking.

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Views

 

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Colorful houses are my fav

 

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Center

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Structures

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Royal Palace

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It was actually so cold out

We got off the ferry and made our way to the center of the town, stopping along the way to take some pictures of course, the day was a bit cold and cloudy but we didn’t let that stop us from walking all over !

After hours of exploring we were starving so we went for a quick lunch at the coziest café!

 

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Cutest café

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Quick coffee break

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Narrow path

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Busy streets

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After a long 6 hours it was time to head back to the ferry! As soon as we got in we dropped off our bag and headed to the bar for happy hour.. 2.50 Euros beer & ciders! Yes please!

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Happy hour

We definitely took advantage when we decided to do the Buffet for dinner, which included unlimited yummy food, desserts wine & beer… They even had a gluten free section! It was around 35 Euros per person and so worth it!

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Best spread set up

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Best part .. dessert

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just us

 

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Until next time

It was a short trip but we really enjoyed our selves!

 

 

Last day in Barcelona 

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

 

In love

 

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our lunch ritual

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Churros for breakfast

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Private show haha

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Best spread

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We don’t go anywhere without our Hair Skin and Nails !!

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We had our usual morning breakfast at the hotel then headed out and enjoyed our last sunny morning before heading back to cold Finland!

We went back to visit the Barcelona Cathedral one more time and take some pictures then headed back to pack and catch our taxi ride for the airport.

 

 

Barcelona: Day 3 & 4

 

“Adventure is worthwhile “

Our third day in the city the weather was perfect it was 20 + degrees out and sunny.

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Beer break

 

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Tapas dinner at a local spot

The food at this place was SO delicious and cheap .. I would have to say that my favorite was the calamari!

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Park Guell

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in love

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Best traveling partner

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La Sagrada Familia

We walked for at least 6 hours.. We didn’t know how spread apart everything was (oops).

We saw the “Arc de Triom ” which was stunning, I loved all the palm trees around the path way. After walking for about 45 minutes we made a pit stop at a local café and got some coffee then finally made it to the Sagrada Familia.. No words can explain how breath taking and beautiful this cathedral is.. Left me speechless. Also fun fact, did you know that it has been under construction for more than 100 years!!!

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Details

 

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Market

After another successful day of exploring and walking A LOT we headed back to the hotel to unwind and have a few ciders at our friends terrace. We then decided it was time to go see a new place for our last dinner. One of the locals recommended this place so we were pretty excited to check it out..  the food was REALLY good.. But the sangria was not the best. Either way we enjoyed our selves!

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Last dinner

 

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Another local tapas resto

One last sleep, and one last morning before we go home!

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona : Day 1 & 2 

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

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Most beautiful place

Our first night our friends surprised us with an authentic Catalonian cooking class! As soon as we landed we rushed to the hotel to drop off our luggage and head out, it was perfect because we were all starving!

Angeles was our lovely host, she showed us how to make each and every single dish step by step.. She only acted as a guide and we did all the work, it was so much fun.

We stuffed our faces with the delicious tapas, tomato & garlic bread (Probably the best invention ever, it was so good) and the lovely Paella. We enjoyed a few glasses of the typical red sangria (my favorite) and then enjoyed some delicious dessert!

We really enjoyed our evening and got to learn more about Catalonian cuisine and culture, thank you again Angeles for the wonderful class.  If you are interested in attending one look up “Foodie” Cooking workshops!

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Cooking class

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So good

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Paella

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Such a beautiful day

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Obsessing over the architecture

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Market

We had the ” Las Boquerias” market right behind our hotel, probably the best spot to stay in.. We went for lunch every day .. For 5 Euros you could choose a fresh fruit juice, a savory / fruit salad and a pastry.. Everything was so good and fresh!

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Picnic day

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Coffee pit stop

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Patio season

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Coffee & baileys

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Nicest day

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Best pastries

Only 2 days in an we were in love

 

Favorite cafes: Hämeenlinna

” COFFEE because aldulting is hard.” – UA

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Café Laurell : Near the town square. They have the best pastries and quite the selection of sandwiches and snacks, a lot of lactose and gluten free options as well. The café is so cozy and quiet.

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Café Kauno : Hidden in the town center, this little coffee shop has the best cappuccinos in my opinion. They also have lunch and snack options.

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Café Tiirinkosken: BEST waffles I’ve ever had.. No joke, they are extra fluffy and made with bean flour which is really high in protein. The store is the cutest I’ve been to here. You can shop around or just enjoy the atmosphere. They also have a variety of teas that you can choose from, and other snack options as well as GF and dairy free options

Kahvila Kulma: Newest shop in town. I love this place because the interior is so nice, its quite spacious and modern. You can buy sparkling wine, snacks, and of course coffee.

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Café Kukko: Near Goodman shopping center. Decent spot with a quiet atmosphere, quite popular… With a decent drink selection.

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Café il Mondo : Inside Goodman shopping center. Friendliest staff and the best lattes, the food portions are huge and they have really good salmon burgers. Their chocolate cake is my favorite. Perfect place to people watch (that’s right)

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Pancake House:  In what used to be an old sauna located outside of Hämeenlinna, only open on Sundays from 11-4.  You can order a sweet or savory Finnish style pancake and enjoy a cup of coffee outside if the weather is nice. They also have GF and dairy free options.