Five Nights In Paris

After spending five awesome nights in Paris, I boarded my flight home yesterday. Given my constant wanderlust, I’m never really happy to end a trip. There is always still so much left unseen, untried, uneaten, and unexplored. And I definitely don’t get homesick – although I do find myself in many situations where I wish…

The Year That Could Be

Earlier this week I rang in the new year with my brothers and cousin (who also happened to be in Ostrava for the World Juniors hockey tournament) and throngs of folks who lined Stodolní street to celebrate. Since January 1 was also the anniversary of the day that Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and…

A Year In Photos

As I’ve done for the past few years, I’ve had an online tool quickly determine the nine photos that I posted to the Instagrams that were the most liked. While the photos tell an interesting story, they really don’t capture much of what happened during the year.

The Real Books Of 2019

In the early days of 2019, I outlined the books that I wanted to read by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31st. More importantly, I outlined my goal to read twelve books, with four coming from a strategic list of books that I wanted to read, but always forgot about the minute…

The Year That Was

It seems that while travel was still a major component of my life in 2019, I was shockingly domestic. That is, I seem to have spent a significant amount of my year (and money) dealing with home improvements. Who have I become?

Amster-DAM!

Having spent three awesome nights in Bruges, Manon and I bought our train tickets and finally made our way to Amsterdam – not a bad way to celebrate my 44th birthday. Unfortunately, Amsterdam would be the final destination on this our third European adventure together.

“It’s Like A F*!@ing Fairy Tale”

My first trip to Bruges was several years ago with Gerarda, Alan, Aidan, and Amanda. We’d traveled there to celebrate Christmas, and to be honest it was one of the best Christmas adventures I’ve ever had. I knew then that Bruges would become a multi-vacation destination. It’s just too damn impressive to simply visit once. 

Surprise Paris Adventure

Prior to arriving in Ireland, Manon and I only had three things sorted. First, we knew that we would be flying into Dublin, second, we knew that we wanted to visit Bruges, and third, we knew that we’d be flying home from Amsterdam. All of the stuff that would happen between those three points in…

Cliff To Cliff

Saturday began with another fantastic Irish breakfast, courtesy of the owner of the Loisderrig House in Glenbeigh. It was also laundry day, and fortunately for us, there was an outdoor laundromat just down the street at the combination gas station and grocery store.

What Lies Below

Standing on the very edge of the Cliffs of Moher makes a lot of people uncomfortable. At least, that’s what I learned when Manon and I made our way there from Ennis.

The Irish Are A Rather Friendly Lot

My second day in Dublin began at The Lovinspoon with a hearty bowl of porridge smothered in bananas, blueberries, and dried nuts and fruits, as well a fantastic americano. It was exactly the type of breakfast that I needed given the sleep-deprived wanderings of the previous day.

We Have Arrived

Despite the fact that our plane departed Toronto roughly four hours after I had thought it was going to – not because of any flight delays, but because I was just that excited about vacation – Manon and I have safely arrived in Dublin. Surprisingly, this is my first official visit to Ireland.

Not That I’m Counting

In a few days I will be officially on vacation, and I can’t freaking wait. For those who have been following along, you might be asking – aren’t you always travelling? or haven’t you be on sabbatical since last fall? And the answers are mostly yes, and yes. However, neither of these things necessarily mean…

The Adventure Continues

It has been well over a month since I boarded a plane. While this might be considered a sure sign of the apocalypse, please rest assured that this lapse in vertical gain will soon be corrected.

The Scotches of 2019

Good lord, I can’t believe I started this year with a list of goals and I completely neglected scotch! What has become of me?