For my friend Brit’s 30th birthday, she wanted to celebrate with a girls’ weekend trip to Toronto. It ended up being a pretty chill weekend, complete with two sight-seeing adventures, a shopping trip to the Eaton centre, and a birthday night out at a bar!
Every once in awhile, you hit upon an idea for the perfect birthday present for someone and it feels like you just struck gold. This was definitely the case when my sister and I brainstormed for the perfect gift for our mom on a very special birthday (I’m about 99.9999% sure she wouldn’t want me to mention her age here, so… you’re welcome, Mom!) – a surprise family birthday party weekend that included a tour of her favourite wine company – Jackson-Triggs!
What to do as a Harry Potter fan who lives in Ontario, Canada, far away from either the Universal Parks or the Studio Tour? Attend Ontario-based festivals and performances! Once again, I got the opportunity to explore another way to celebrate my love of Harry Potter – this time by attending two Ontario-based festivals and a two-man skit performance. I have to confess the festivals didn’t live up to my expectations, but there were still aspects that were enjoyable. On the plus side? The two-man performance honestly blew me away. With that mildly optimistic and positive introduction, let’s get to it!
I’ve gushed before on here about how much I love history, how fascinating I find quaint medieval towns like Assisi, and how awed I am by Gothic architecture. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been to Québec City to hear that I fell head over heels for the 1608 splendor of Old Québec. If there’s one place I’ve been in Canada that truly made me feel like I was walking the streets of a city in Europe, it’s Québec City.
Although we were done with Titanic-related places in Halifax, we weren’t quite through with historical sites. We made our way from the cemetery up to the Halifax Citadel, which displays life at the fort in 1869, a time when Canada had only been a country for two years. The pipers, the relics, and the drill demonstrations all added together to create a realistic and immersive atmosphere.