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friday favourite – useful travel stuff

When I return from a trip, I take a moment to think about what I really loved having on the trip and what was a waste of space. Having just returned from 8 days of hiking in Greece, it seems like a good time to do this exercise and make it our friday favourite!

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I think I did a good job of packing since there were only two pieces of clothing that I didn’t wear. I had a long-sleeved SPF shirt that never made it out of my suitcase since the temperature was in the mid 90s (35C) and a sleeveless top that I didn’t wear because I didn’t have enough time to shower and change before dinner. We were kept busy!

What made the most favourite list?

A turkish towel that my soon-to-be-daughter-in-law gave me a few years ago. It’s 100% cotton and was useful as a beach cover-up or shawl. Plus they are very popular in Greece so I felt like a local! (Thanks Maddie)

Tilley hat. They are guaranteed for life, they float, have a secret pocket and block 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. And they are made in Canada. I owned one years ago but it never fit me right. This time I took my time to get the right fit and really appreciated the sun protection in the 90+ degree heat!

A cross-body bag for evenings. Just enough to carry my phone, passport and money and have it close to me when in a busy tourist area.

A bandana. Easy to pack and so many uses!

Let us know if you have something that you always take with you when travelling.

HAR

 

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friday favourite – mini vacations

I love the big holidays that take you away from it all, suspending you in timeless travel where your life stands still as you step into another space.

This summer, I’ve realized that I can get that same experience in smaller, shorter vacations. And these little getaways are my Friday favourite.

We already wrote about our PEI trip – for me, just over two and a half days that felt like a week.

And this week, I started a week’s vacation with about 36 hours away. We paddled into a cabin on Saturday afternoon. The lack of electricity calmed the day and my mind as the sun set over the lake. And rose again to start a perfect paddling day.

We packed up, paddled out and headed to part two of the mini vacation. A day-long, guided kayak trip around the Franklin Islands on Georgian Bay thanks to White Squall Paddling Centre. It was my second trip with these outfitters and they make the whole experience seamless, safe and really quite perfect. At many points, the paddling actually felt effortless. How is that possible?

These hours away were a great change of pace. And the scenery certainly helped take my mind off anything else. The short trip did the trick and I was ready to head home content and energized for the rest of my vacation week.

Next up: long weekend in CA. Stay tuned.

CJR

Island feasts

Here’s a sampling of the amazing meals we dined around PEI on last week. We actually barely skimmed the surface of all the great fresh food – but did a pretty good job in the eastern end of the island where we stayed.

Breakfasts at Inn at Bay Fortune were all served in mason jars and on cast iron. There’s something about the presentation that made everything more yummy. Like the trio of fresh squeezed OJ, fruit smoothie, and yogurt and granola. Perfect portions. Good thing, cause there was beef brisket hash with a poached egg coming right up.

Lunch time often found us at The Lobster Shack in Souris for shucked oysters and the best lobster roll. The clam platter at Shipwreck Point Café was also perfect.

A six-course plus apps FireWorks feast at the Inn is worth the price tag. It came complete with a sketched map of the property and food stations. Take your best eating game to this one, I didn’t make it through dessert. But I was ready to chow down on a steamer pot the next night at Point Prim Chowder House.

I love eating local. Just wish there was a little local lobster in southern Ontario right about now.

Read more about our trip on HAR’s travel blog.

CJR

islands

There’s something so very “vacationy” about travelling to an island.

If you fly in, there’s the stunning banked approach as the airplane slants towards the sea on one side and reaches straight up into the sky on the other side. If you drive to your island destination, there’s inevitably a spectacular bridge crossing.

Last week, HAR and I took at trip to Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast. My sister, her husband and another couple did the drive, including a crossing of Confederation Bridge, and I flew into Charlottetown.

PEI is known for it’s red sand (high iron-oxide content), amazing seafood, beaches, lighthouses and potatoes. Lots of potatoes fields. Beautiful potato fields that run into the Atlantic Ocean.

We packed a lot of lobster, beaches, shucked oysters, and kayaking into our three days on the island. We stayed at the Inn at Bay Fortune – chef Michael Smith’s cedar shake inn that sits atop of the gentle hill looking down into Fortune Bay.

If you go – splurge on a room at the top of the north or south tower building. Stunning sun rises await.

Take a paddle up the Fortune River with Paddles, a brand new paddling/kayaking business just steps from the Inn. Our morning kayak took up just far enough to spot a bald eagle, perched along the tree-lined salt water river.

And make the drive to Greenwich National Park where you are likely to have the beach to yourself after an amazing walk across the boardwalk to the dunes…and the ocean.

We’ll have more on all the great food stops later this week.

CJR

 

 

friday favourite – heather robinson travel

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Remember a few months ago when I posted about unexpected time off? My 12 week furlough with a potential for re-hire turned into a complete lay off and I was left with time on my hands. As I looked for work and thought about what I really like doing, I kept coming back to traveling and creating itineraries for my friends. So, with some help from my sister, I am launching Heather Robinson Travel and I am shamelessly naming it our friday favourite. You can learn more here. And if you want to read about some of the places I’ve been traveling, for ideas or inspiration, visit my travel blog – the way i travel.

HAR