Day One in Scotland: Hightailing Through the Highlands

When you envision Scotland what comes to mind? The mystical Highlands, shimmering lochs and forgotten isles, haggis, the screeching of bagpipes and Scotsmen in kilts? These cultural symbols have been synonymous with "Scottishness" for as long as I can remember. For some travelers, they come off as too campy for their liking, yearning to uncover…

Casa Loma: The Story of Henry and the House on a Hill

Nestled on a hill lies a mysterious castle within Toronto's Annex, overlooking bustling cafes, museums and university campuses. Passersby at Spadina Road and Dupont Street would turn their heads, puzzled and enamored at the grey turrets poking out of the trees before commencing their school commute. Surrounded by aged, heritage homes, the castle's imposing nature…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Autumn

Most of us see autumn as a time of change - at least I do. From the slow shedding away of old things and welcoming new challenges ahead like the impending cold and darkness of winter. The first step towards regeneration. Although we generally liken spring to life and rebirth, here in Philosopher's Walk, everything…

Fall Foliage: Gatineau Park

The weekend before Thanksgiving, my Dad and I took a drive into the autumn colours of Gatineau Park. The conservation grounds span the northwest border of Gatineau, Quebec, the city which rests across the river from Ottawa, Ontario. Extending about 360 square kilometres, the park offers a plethora of scenic trails, lakes and beaches for…

Fall Foliage: Scandinavia

As mentioned in my¬†September 5¬†post, for the next month or so I'm kicking up my amateur photography skills a notch. Admittedly, I've been strapped for time this week to write due to a shift change at work. I have just about enough time to share some fall features of Scandinavia. My favourite time of year…

Alone in an Abbey: A Rainy Day in Kirkstall

Five years ago, I lived in Leeds for half a year, and never once visited Kirkstall Abbey - one of West Yorkshire's most popular sites. So finally, I revisited Leeds in 2017 and could say I stepped foot into Kirkstall Abbey. It was a rainy Tuesday in October, and I had the entire place to…

A Bone-Chilling Birthday: The Pilgrimage to Sedlec Ossuary

One year ago today I had my birthday party in a bone church. Skulls and skeletal remains lay strewn about in every direction. Arranged in pyramids, or strung up high on the ceiling, it felt as though an army of departed souls was watching me closely. I raised my phone to take pictures of this…