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Hadrian’s Wall Walk – West to East

The day finally arrived for our first long distance walk, west to east on Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in England. Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 122 AD by Roman soldiers, under the orders of the Emperor Hadrian. The path follows this stone wall across England from coast to coast, so we could say “we walked across England!”

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Getting Ready for our Hadrian's Wall Walk

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We spent today in Carlisle, Cumbria, excited to begin our coast-to-coast walk across England via the Hadrian’s Wall National Pathway. This trail runs from Bowness on Solway in the west, to Wallsend, east of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Calgary 2020 Summer Festivals

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When warmer weather approaches Calgarians are ready to burst out and celebrate. For the summer of 2020 there are dozens of festivals and events for every age and interest. Whether you live here or are visiting, check out this roundup of some of the best summer festivals in Calgary.
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How to travel with your cat to Korea

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Most people don't travel internationally with their cat, but we recently brought Bluke from Calgary, Alberta to Seoul, South Korea. Here are a few of our cat travel tips.
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Travel Inspiration 2019

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I don't know about you, but I get almost as much feel good mileage from travel planning as from the trip itself. A study from the Netherlands found that vacationers were generally happier than non-vacationers – not necessarily after a holiday, but before the holiday, while planning and anticipating their vacation.So here's some travel inspiration for 2016 so you can take advantage of this pre-trip happiness.
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Our New Zealand Visit to Middle Earth

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Nestled in rolling green hills on New Zealand’s North Island is the Hobbiton Movie Set, used to film the “Shire” scenes in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. I’m a fan, so a visit to the real Middle Earth was a must-do on our first trip to New Zealand.
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Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

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Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌) is a historic residential area north of central Seoul between the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. Today Bukchon contains almost 900 traditional Korean houses (hanoks) and is a great place to find traditional Korean architecture in modern Seoul.
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Hiking Gear for a Hadrian's Wall Walk

Hiking Gear for a Hadrian's Wall walk (or almost any walk). What we used for our first long-distance walk – what worked and didn't work for us. 

Things to do in Busan, South Korea

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About 300 km southeast of Seoul is the South Korean port city of Busan (부산). The city has so much to offer with its beautiful South Sea coastline, sandy beaches, mountains, as well as the fun of Korean food and culture—yet the city is under the radar of most western travelers.
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Before you ride an elephant in Thailand

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Trekking through the jungle in Thailand perched high on an…
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Korean Home Cooking Class

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As usual for us, many of our experiences during our visit to Seoul involve food.…
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Highlights of our first visit to colourful Hong Kong

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Our first trip to Hong Kong was only for a few days, but…
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A Delicious Taste of Hong Kong

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At about 8:30 am we took our place in line at Tim Ho Wan, famous…