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Day Hikes: Great Outdoors With Great Girlfriends
July 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0

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Tired of doing the same thing every time you get together with your girlfriends? Have cocktail parties, shopping trips, and coffee shops lost their excitement? Ready for a change? Try a day hike with your girls! Every year a few of us head out into a nearby nature reserve, or sometimes a bit futher away, and go for a long hike together. We chat, giggle, take some breaks to enjoy the scenery and get some excercise! It's an amazing way to spend time together...and best of all, it's fun that makes you skinnier! We've been to Forks of the Credit, and Webster Falls, but there's so many great hiking trails in Ontario to visit. So next time your girlfriends want to plan a day out together, why not do something totally different? You'll feel amazing if you do!
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Travel
Travel Diaries – Road Trip: Savannah
January 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm 0
For years I have wanted to go to Savannah. It all started when I was an ESL teacher in Korea. On one of our many nights of drinking wine together my friend Lise and I shared stories on our favourite cities to visit. Lise mentioned that her favourite city by far was Savannah - with all the gardens on every block, beautiful historical architecture and Southern charm.



Gorgeous buildings on every corner in Savannah

Gorgeous buildings on every corner in Savannah

When my fiance and I showed up in Savannah we weren't sure where to go or what to expect. We parked by the river and walked around the tourist area. It was pretty busy and lots of tourists were walking around, going in the boutiques, and tasting the local seafood. The cobble stone streets and old buildings created a wonderful ambience, but one of the coolest things were the sidewalks, which was concrete with oyster shells and other shells mixed in. It was super original - I've never seen anything like it before!

Savannah river sidewalks have a seashells mixed in!

Savannah river sidewalks have a seashells mixed in!

Once we had a coffee in the outdoor market we headed up to higher ground and walked around the old town. It was gorgeous! There were big, beautiful, historical homes with wonderful landscaping, and at almost every block there was a small city park. With the slow, Southern pace, beautiful homes and lovely little parks Savannah was the most walking friendly city I've been in.

Parks on every block make Savannah a great city to walk in

Parks on every block make Savannah a great city to walk in

We didn't have a plan in particular for the day, we just wanted to explore and visit the city - given the small city and walkable environment it was easy to do! So we strolled, visited the parks, read all the plaques and learned about the monuments in each park, and strolled some more. When it was time for a break we happened upon a gorgeous building - the Forsyth Mansion. We sat back, had a glass of wine and admired the phenomenal restoration of the historical building. It was stunning and fuelled so many ideas about how I would decorate my fantasy house.

The gorgeous Forsyth Mansion is worth a visit

The gorgeous Forsyth Mansion is worth a visit



One of the dining rooms at the Foryth Mansion

One of the dining rooms at the Foryth Mansion

When the sun set we strolled back to the car, admired the final scenes and headed back on the road to our next stop. Savannah was a beautiful city to visit, and if I'd had more time I would have loved to stay in the Forsythe Mansion, eat at the great restaurants and live like a Southerner for a few days. Up Next: Key West, Florida
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Life
Lovely City Spaces – Allan Gardens
November 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm 0




In Toronto we have some great city parks, but one of the most gorgeous city spaces is Allan Gardens downtown. There is a huge arboretum with several different rooms and climates. You can sit in one and feel like you're on a tropical vacation, or go to another and be in a desert, or go to another and watch the fish swim in the pond with lily pads and other water plants. Outside of the arboretum there are lots of beautiful old trees and little paths around the area. There's also a little church on one of the corners. But there’s a new addition to this small and historical city park. The super charming dog park areas. They have a cute little blue dog for the small dog park, and a cute green dog for the big dog area. The little blue dog is my very favourite. It makes me want a puppy!
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