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OTTAWA, CAPITAL OF CANADA!!!

lundi 15 janvier 2018


Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, situated in Southern Ontario with a population of approximately 934 000 people. ...The first thing I've heard about Ottawa is that I wouldn't like it...Well, that person was wrong, in all the cities I've visited in Canada, Ottawa is certainly my favorite!

To travel to Ottawa we decided to take the bus, as renting A car would have cost us more money, we traveled by the company GREYHOUND which is one of the most famous bus company in America.
Once we arrived there, lucky us the sun was there, so we walk to our HI-OTTAWA JAIL HOSTEL  which was situated about 5min walk to the University of Ottawa bus stop.
The Hostel was amazing and pretty well decorated for Halloween, being a former prison it was already creepy enough but with the decoration, it was pretty awesome.
(this are internet pics, I don't know how but I didn't take any photos of the Hostel)




You can see the bedroom in my video ( Life in Quebec)

After checking at the Hostel, we went visiting the city, and how beautiful it was, the parliament was impressive, I kind of thought of Hogwarts, all the towers and the old walls in the hight felt like a Harry Potter spot.

The park we saw it from was really gorgeous, the trees turning from green to pink and the black squirrels wandering around made it really fantastic, well I was kind of stressed out at this moment because I had lost one of my favorite scarfs, and I was mad at myself for being such a head in the clouds, but finally I found it in the restaurant we had lunch an hour ago.
After that really stressing moment, we simply stroll into the city, observing the nature and having fun.

The next day we actually visited the parliament for free, a few museums and a cathedral... Ottawa is such a beautiful city and there are so many things to do, we went to the market and during our night times, we went to some pubs having fun and talking with locals.
The food at the market was soooo good, and we were really lucky with the weather, it was cold but sunny.
I know I say it all the time but really to visit a place the best thing to do is to actually walk around the streets, after that yes, you can plan activities and restaurants and nights out.

For more information on places to go in Ottawa: Guide to Canada


THE PARLIAMENT


  



THE PARLIAMENT'S LIBRARY





MAJOR'S HILL PARK












CATHEDRAL NOTRE-DAME



THE MUSEUM OF FINE ART






OTTAWA CITY









Which city in Canada is your favorite? Have you ever been to Canada?

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GUIDE TO CANADA!!!

lundi 8 janvier 2018


If you're here it's surely because you're thinking of going to Canada or still dreaming about it! I wrote this little guide to help you plan your trip.
So in here, I'll explain what companies are the best (according to me), how to move around, hostels...Hope this will help you!

PLANE TICKETS


AIR CANADA
  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage (55x 40 x 23) + purse
  • Great company 
  • Large airplanes
  • Nice staff
  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage up to 10kg
  • Good company
  • Great staff
  • Comfortable

  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage up to 12kg
  • Good company
I only know those ones really, but there are others like:

FROM FRANCE TO CANADA
  • Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Wow Air
  • QATAR Airways
OTHER COMPANIES THAT GOES TO CANADA
  • KLM
  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • SWISS
  • Icelandair
  • United
  • China Southern
  • Delta


TRANSPORT

BUSES
CARS
Always be careful with your age and driving license (if you're not 25 or if your driving license is not older than 2 years old some rental can refuse you a car!)



HOSTELS

  • QUEBEC CITY
  • At PARISE
  • Kind people
  • Shared living room with a tv
  • 3 Bedrooms next to each other, 1 with a bathroom  
  • Nice kitchen
  • Shared bathroom and toilet
  • Free parking

HI-OTTAWA JAIL HOSTEL
  • OTTAWA
  • Well place, city center
  • Free Wifi
  • Huge rooms
  • Nice Chilling room
  • Cafeteria  in the Hostel
  • Great theme
  • More information

I was living at my Best friend's apartment in MONTREAL, so I don't know which one is the best to stay in this City!




FOOD AND DRINKS

COFFEE & TEA

SWEET FOOD
  • MONTREAL
  • CHOCOLAT FAVORIS (This place is by far my favorite!)
  • KAMEHAMEHA (It's a snack-bar but they also have super nice ice cream in waffle)
  • BEAVERTAILS (You have Beavertails in every city)
  • QUEBEC CITY
  • MARY'S POPCORN
FOOD
DRINKS


MUST DO

MONTREAL

  • Oratory St Joseph
  • Montreal University
  • McGill University
  • St Catherine Street (Most important shopping street in Montreal)
  • Bell Center (Hockey Match)
  • Montreal Docks
  • Churches and Cathedrals 
  • Mont Tremblant
  • Mont Orford
  • Mont St Hilaire
  • Mont-Royal and the beaver lake
  • Le Plateau
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Botanical Garden
  • Jean-Talon market
  • Parks Canada passes and permits
QUEBEC CITY

  • Mauricie National Park
  • Quebec City Old Town
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Christmas Shop
  • Cathedral Notre-Dame of Quebec
  • Rue du Trésor (Art street)
  • Tourists shop
  • Rue du petit Champlin
  • Rue Saint-Jean
  • Walk along the Old Town and visit the castle, the docks...

OTTAWA
  • Parliament Hill
  • Canadien museum of History
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Major Hill park
  • Cathedral Notre-Dame
  • Trans Canada Trail
  • Wellington Street
  • Stroll around the City (that's what I did)
Hope you enjoyed my little tips on this beautiful part of Canada called Quebec and if you ever go to one of those places let me know what you thought of it!

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ROADTRIP TO QUEBEC CITY !!!

mardi 2 janvier 2018


Hello guys,

To be truthful with you, I didn't know where to start with this article. I had a blank...but after a month I started telling myself that I should just let go of the anxiousness of writing it perfectly and just go with it, go with my guts and how I felt it!

So I let my mind write it for me, I just stopped trying to make it look like something else, to write it in a style that isn't mine...Anyway let's go back to my post, shall we?

We left Montreal in the morning with our rented car (Globalcar) so we could arrive at the Mauricie National Park at noon!
To tell you the truth we were a bit worried about the weather because it was windy and not so sunny on our way to the park but eventually in the early afternoon the weather got better.
You wouldn't believe how beautiful this place was...a giant park of pine and a crystal blue water lake in the middle, sure this hike was harder than the other we'd done because the rain of the day before had turned everything into mud, so the hike was pretty fun to begin with!

The view over the lake was spectacular, once we reached a higher point of view and the sun was just making it better. We finally arrived near the lake and that was the best moment of our entire adventure...after a few minutes of me doing stupid yoga positions over the lake and my friends totally laughing at me for failing, we saw a RED FOX!!! Could you believe that? a RED FOX into the wild, so close to us (proof in pictures below and as a bonus my face when I saw it!)
The rest of our hike was a  feeling mixed with complete excitement and total ecstasy!


Yep, that's my "I just saw something amazingly, incredibly, fantastical" face.





Soon we had to head back to our car to drive to our AIRBNB in Quebec City (well near it) the next day we went visiting the Montmorency falls, little advice though, parking is worst than hell, if you don't want to pay the $7 entry (which we didn't) so try to find a place further.
This was amazing...except for my cardio, if you wanna know more about me, I love hiking and canyoning and do a lot of outdoor activities but I have a terrible awfully terrible cardio, which makes running and steps my worst nightmare and guesses what? the Montmorency falls has a lot of steps, haha, at the end I was certain to die because of a lack of oxygen haha.

After I could find my breath again we could finally drive to that one place we were here for... Quebec City!
A nightmare to park (underground parking are less expensive than outdoors parking especially during the weekend).

Well, Quebec City was insane, looks a lot like our European cities,  the streets full of shops, the place decorated for Halloween and the people there with costumes was simply magical...BUT the most magical place was the Christmas shop with the $1 flavored chocolate powder haha.

It was so much fun climbing on the old town walls and just admiring the view...it was fantastically awesome.
Now let's talk about my birthday, it was a quite interesting day...Last day in Quebec City, October 29th...well it was raining, the museum we wanted to visit wasn't exactly what we expected, the bar my best friends wanted to take me to was closed for the day and my birthday present had to be postponed thanks to the rain haha...it was a pretty big day, one I will NEVER forget, especially because well I was in CANADA with two of my favourite people on earth!

THE MAURICIE NATIONAL PARK



















THE MONTMORENCY FALLS










QUEBEC CITY








This is it for my adventure in Quebec City, wait until I tell you about Ottawa that was pretty great as well!

Have you ever been to Quebec City? what do you think of it?

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