Monday, May 8, 2017

Stepping Into: A Weekend in New York Travel Vlog

There are so many reasons to fall in love with New York. Its charisma swallows you up and makes you wonder why it's taken so long to bite into that big apple. The thing is, there'll never be enough time to see it all. But some of the best times are made from having no plans at all. It really is the city that never sleeps (and that's coming from guy-parkouring-outside-window-at-4:00am experience). Here's what we managed to get up to on our trip to the concrete jungle andddddd cue Alicia Keys.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seeing the Sights: How to Cram New York City into 4 Days

It’s a weekend in New York City and we couldn't be more revved up for the shopping, tasty treats, and unlimited sightseeing until our feet turn numb. So, where to start? We only have 4 days to see it all!


Day 1: Bridges, Ferries & Beers

  1. Brooklyn Bridge
  2. DUMBO & Brooklyn
  3. Staten Island Ferry
  4. 911 Memorial & The Occulus
  5. Fancy Nightcap and Fancier Food @ Tiny's 
We started the day by booking it to the Brooklyn Bridge. Beating the crowds is the key to catching those stellar shots, so we hopped on the metro to the City Hall 4 5 6 stop and started our walk over the iconic NYC landmark. A word of advice, the bike lane is for bikes and bikes only. Pedestrians do not mess with New York bikers and their bike lanes. Stay. In. Your. Lane.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stepping Into: Cayo Coco's Loungable Lagoon

Spending the afternoon lounging “lagoon-side” was music to my ears as we strained our necks to hear the other vacationers discussing their plans to head on over once they threw back their Spanish coffees. Eavesdropping always has its perks.

So, we wandered over to the so called "Lagoon" to see what all the rage was about. It's about a 30 minute walk from the Pestana Cayo Coco Beach Resort along the shore to some shallow waters and a very large rock. Go past the big rock and you've gone too far. Even though we had these gorgeous shallow waters to ourselves, it wasn't exactly the Maldives-lagoon-vibes we were hoping for. Regardless it was still a neat spot to explore and definitely worth the walk to score some pics.

It was also a good excuse to get our butts up and out of those loungers and to take a walk somewhere other than the beach bar.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rad Resorts: Getting Loco at the Pestana Cayo Coco

Going to the beach is the answer for everything. The salty, wavy hair. The bikinis and board shorts. The sound of cheap flip-flops hitting the sand, rainbow-colored beach towels being shaken out and seagulls squawking overhead waiting for those leftover pizza crusts. That's paradise.

This time around we stayed 2 weeks at the Pestana Cayo Coco All-Inclusive Beach Resort. First things first upon landing in Cayo Coco, grab a cold one for the bus to the resort, even if it was only 20 minutes. But, there's really no better way to kick off a trip. Once we arrived to the hotel we were greeted with smiles, wristbands and most importantly, drinks. After showing us to our room we dumped our suitcases, ripped through them, found a bikini and hit the road for the beach.

The beach is all kinds of gorgeous. It's crystal clear, calm and because they've recently reclaimed it, there are no rocks or coral to poke at your feet as you roll out into the deep. The beach bar is steps away and there are plenty of loungers to go around. If you want a sun lounger or 10 there is a guy that will get them and put them wherever your heart desires. You don't have to tip, but it goes a long way and we always gave him a few CUC Pescos.

Tip: Take a banana and some bread, break it up in the ocean and watch the fishies come!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photo Diary: Trips to the Beaches of Cuba's Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco is the perfect spot for a morning walk along the shore and if you’re lucky, you may run into a flamingo in the lagoon, a little crab scampering over the rocky tide or a straggler heading back to their resort after a wild night at the disco... 

The island is known for its coral reefs and many all-inclusive resorts that dot the long beaches. There is no shortage of natural scenic beauty as no one lives directly on the island (most people live in Moron on the mainland). Cayo Coco has also been known to have a mass influx of Canadian migrants flocking to its beaches, bubbas in hand, dfrom December through to April. Including the Turchyns. 

Can you blame them? Cuba is the idyllic beach escape mixed with rum, revolutionaries and retro cars. It has that back-in-time appeal while still being romantic and exciting. I guess that's why we're constantly planning our next trip.



Friday, March 3, 2017

Seeing the Sights: 4 Day Vacations in Vancouver

Who knew vacationing in your backyard could actually mentally register as a vacation? Vancouver is playing mind games. Mountains, beaches, sushi, Lulu Lemon warehouse sales. So this is the real reason people come to Canada.

On a serious note, Vancouver is not in my backyard. And is actually on the other side of the country. Canada being the second biggest country in the world, means my flight was basically halfway to China. But worth every second of my  economy class seat!

I don't think people have a problem with boredom here. I just can't see it, there's just too much to keep you preoccupied. And that includes the food. In just 4 days I was able to take extremely long walks along the beach (in Stanley Park), climb mountains (at Cypress), island hop (over to Granville Island), eat the day's catch (at Go Fish), knock back a few local beers (the best out there) and chill with some of my most favourite people. Could I ask for a better weekend getaway? Mmm nope. 


Livin' La Vida Local:


Check This Out: If you're heading to Vancouver you're obviously going to check out Granville Island. While you're there be sure to admire the unconventional floating homes, stop in to the Granville Island Broom Co. store to see some gnarly brooms (you won't be able to tear your eyes away) and grab a local beer while watching the seals sun bathe.

You Need to Try This: Do you like sushi? Then go to Raisu. A Japanese fusion tapas restaurant located in the heart of Kitsilano on West 4th Ave and it will not disappoint. You want to order the Sho Ka Do Bento and The Oceans Offerings, but beware they are limited to serving 10-15 of these dishes per dinner service and usually sell out after 10 minutes of opening. You won't regret waiting in line for this place to open. Trust me.

Instagram This: So, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is super cool, but also super expensive and super busy. Making it less than ideal for photos. The trick? Head over to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, which has similar vibes, is a lot less busy, which means a lot less people to get in the way of photos and it's free!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rad Resorts: Hangin' 10 at Holguin's Playa Costa Verde

It was starting. The beach withdrawal. I mean, I'd started to wear my bathing suit under my clothes in the off chance that Lake Ontario became an appealing place to go for a dip,  I cuddled my SPF 30 before bed and was finding myself googling the biography of Enrique Iglesias...

So. Time to go.

We jet off for a week to the Playa Costa Verde beach resort in Holguin, Cuba. For a last minute getaway we couldn't have asked for more. The hotel was lovely, the people were lovely, the drinks were over flowing and the pool was insanely huge. The food was also extremely delicious. Don't miss the chance to book the Cuban and Japanese A La Cartes restaurants. And take a break from the sun in the Cuban restaurant for lunch. They really have an array of food to choose from, so even the pickiest of eaters will find something they can munch on. Speaking of food, because it's my favourite topic, there is also an ice cream bar, a beer garden and a cigar lounge. Now, don't even think of going into the cigar lounge without a Spanish coffee, it just goes hand in hand. Really, the only negative comment I have to make about our trip is that we only booked for 7 nights.