EXchange Hotel | Vancouver B.C.

Created back in 1929 as the original Old Stock Exchange, the 2019 opened EXchange Hotel Vancouver convinced me as a stylish and conveniently located pre- or after cruise accommodation or simply as the perfect headquarter for city sightseeing during your Vancouver city trip. Continue reading

Montréal | Light Art and Royal Views

Having been able to exchange one of my three days European rotations against a quick hopper to Montréal made me not only take a wonderful winter promenade up to the city´s best lookout around, but also to experience downtown in a festival of colors and lights during the annual Montréal en Lumière festivity. Continue reading

Calgary | Birthday in Banff National Park

When it comes to breathtaking nature and wilderness, Canada is one of the most recommendable destinations worldwide. Wildlife, adventure and the endless Great Wide Open provide a holiday experience that you will remember your lifetime! So just the perfect surroundings for a family birthday celebration… Continue reading

Toronto | Casa Loma Tour

The last weekend in June is something holy to me. We normally spend it with our dear Swedish friends to celebrate their unofficial national holiday Midsommar (Read here about it). But this year, instead of merrily dancing around the maypole, I was awarded with a weekend Toronto rotation that I just could not get rid of. But what do you do when things just not work out the way you have planned? Right, make the best out of it! Continue reading

Vancouver | Fish & Ships

Being a typical summer and winter destination, Vancouver in British Columbia attracts every year millions and millions of visitors from around the world. Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Trekking, Cruising, Flying, whatever you are looking to do on Canada´s Pacific Coast, you can do it right here. Not to forget the jaw dropping Nature just behind the city´s limits with endless valleys, crystal clear mountain lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the extraordinary wildlife. Continue reading

Montréal | Café Parvis – a Breakfast Beautiful

IMG_4388It is an awfully grey, chilly and rainy day here in Montréal and I should be well writing about my recent Mediterranean cruise to the Greek islands onboard Celebrity Equinox. Well, just the thoughts of the Aegean sun warming up my skin right now light up this miserable day instantly. But what´s more helpful at this moment is a decent breakfast to accelerate my inner power plant and to shed off all those shivers and negative thoughts that the misty grey outside causes inside me.

And so, just five minutes after leaving the hotel and making my way against the force winds outside (while realizing that the jacket I had packed was sooooo not appropriate for this kind of weather), I found myself sheltered inside the beautifully appointed Café Parvis. Continue reading

Toronto | Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – A Lunch Loveable

Fall season is cold season.

It seems like that I have some kind of an Asian food phase, but after my 8 hours 45 minutes flight to Toronto, jetlag and an upcoming cold stick to my bones like a child to its lollypop.

Fall has finally hit home and the days have become grey, cold and wet. The perfect misanthropic environment to suck all energy out of our bones. And one, two, three, you´ll get struck with the most awful cold, a stiff nose and a head that is ready to explode.

Fall season is poison to workers like me who are close with hundreds of people on tiny space while rocketing from A to B in a composite tube with two engines. Being sick ruins not only your schedule (and private plans), it also costs a heck of money when grounded in bed. And this is the least desirable to me. Continue reading

Montréal | Le Cristal Chinois – A Breakfast Beautiful

IMG_7046Stopping in Quebec´s “UNESCO City of Design” and looking for something different from bagels or scrambled eggs for breakfast? Easy. Montréal offers a wide range of gastronomical styles. While a lot of restaurants continue to preserve and/or to develop the traditional French Canadian cuisine, there are many, many other ethical styles available, which the varied demographics of immigrants living in the city mirror well.

Montréal hosts the second largest Canadian community of Italians after Toronto. Followed by large numbers of Irish, English and Scottish. It is also home to many Arabs and people of Middle Eastern origin and bursts a rich community of Asian nationalities, with the Chinese providing the largest one. Continue reading

Toronto | 24 Hours – 10 Top Things to do

One of the most extraordinary skylines in the world - Toronto
One of the most extraordinary skylines in the world – Toronto

Of course, Toronto is way too spectacular to only spend there 24 hours, but when that is all you have, you gotta make the most out of it, right?

Yet before I open officially my 10 favourite things to do, let me give you a few interesting (fun) facts about one of the most diversified destinations in the world first. To make you understand, why this metropolis should absolutely be “Bucketlist Baby”. Continue reading