With a little over 1,000 inhabitants, the small village of Venise en Quebec boasts beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes and is only 45 minutes away from Montreal. This choice holiday destination is found on the banks of the Lake Champlain between the stunning region of the Eastern Townships and the state of Vermont. Here you will find visitors flocking to the village during the summer months for the endless beaches and campsites but Venise also gets a lot of love in the winter for the popular ice fishing spots found on the lake.
From city settings with skyscrapers reaching towards the sky and an abundance of cultures to smaller, quaint towns seemingly in the middle of nowhere but rich with history, Quebec truly has just about everything. June 24 is recognized as the national holiday of Quebec and is celebrated in a grand way throughout the province each year so in celebration of my hometown province, I’ve decided to put together a little list of some worthy places to visit in Quebec but instead of including the nicest towns to visit or something of the sorts, I’ve decided rather to show you some of the most unusual and unique places that can be visited in this beautiful province.
The days are getting longer, the sun is setting later and later by the day, and it is officially hot enough to bust out all your summer clothes that have been in hiding all winter. With summer knocking on our doors, not only does this mean that the season of barbecues and late night bonfires is upon us but also the season of road trips. There’s nothing better during the summer months than packing up your car and bringing along a few friends to go explore a brand new place. I for one love road trips and have done quite a few since getting my driver’s license a few years back so for today’s blog post I’ve put together some of the most helpful tips that have come in handy to ensure that you will have the most stress free and enjoyable road trip ever this summer.
Flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you can almost taste the summer air. This time of year is always the best time to slowly get out of that winter hibernation mode and to start tackling some spring cleaning and redecorating. I always love cleaning everything out and sprucing my space up a bit after a long winter so I’ve compiled a list of some cute travel themed decor pieces that I’ve found recently that I think you will love. Add these pieces to any room of your house to not only change things up a bit but also to show off your love of all things travel related.
France, the country known for the city of love, the Eiffel tower, and of course for yummy treats such as crepes, baguettes, and macaroons. It is also the country that pioneered the term ‘fine dining’ after a group of French chefs set out to develop a style of cuisine that was distinctly French without any influence from the Western world back in the 1700’s. Though there are some treats in this months box that might seem familiar to you such as potato chips, rest assured that chestnut caramels and violet infused chocolate bars among many other snacks included are purely French, so let’s get right into the snacks from this month’s Universal Yums box and bon appetit.
With a new month comes a new Universal Yums box filled with snacks and candies to try from a different country around the world. For the month of January we will be embarking on a journey to the sunny destination of Greece, where olives, white buildings, and ocean views are a plenty. Ancient Greece is a country that has had plenty of influence on the Western world and not just for the creation of the Olympic games but for an abundance of other things as well such as theater, alarm clocks, cranes, and watermills but more importantly we can thank the Greek for their delicious snacks that we’ll be taste testing this month. As always I’ll be including a little snippet about each goody that we’ll be trying as well as my opinion on each snack.
Often referred to as the ‘prison capital’ of Canada, Kingston is home to 7 different prisons and institutions. One of the most notorious of these seven is the now shut down Kingston Penitentiary often referred to as KP or Kingston Penn. When we visited Kingston in the summer, we got the chance to visit the penitentiary and to learn all about the history of the prison. Tours are available throughout much of the year and brings visitors inside the walls of this infamous penitentiary. For this blog post I’ll be sharing with you a few photos from our visit here as well as some information if ever you’re looking into exploring the penitentiary for yourself.
Welcome back to yet another month of Universal Yums and delicious snacks. For the month of December things were a bit different with the boxes where normally each box would focus on one specific country to try snacks from, this month we tried snacks from 13 different countries. To celebrate the Christmas season and all of the other different holidays that are celebrated around the world, Universal Yums brought us snacks that are traditionally eaten on these holidays to give us a taste of what Christmas is like in these other countries.
After seeing so many pictures on Instagram of the gorgeous buildings and architecture that Kingston, Ontario had to offer, I knew that I had to make the drive down there and spend a couple of days in this gorgeous city which is what I did last August. I’m finally now getting around to putting up all of the Kingston related blog posts so be on the lookout for that, but for now I’ll be sharing with you all today some of the best things to do and see if ever you’re in Kingston.
First things first, I would love to wish you all a happy new year and to thank each and everyone of you that have been reading and following my blog over the past year. At the end of 2016 I vowed to spend more time perfecting my blog and being more active on here and I’m happy to say that I’ve stuck through with it. Another thing that I set out to do in 2017 was to explore more of Quebec, my home province and where I’ve always lived. Though I may not have been able to discover as much as I would’ve liked due to some certain bumps in the road that I encountered this year, I’m determined to explore even more in 2018 along with other places. So with that said, please enjoy my 2017 recap of all of my favorite memories and highlights of the past year, here’s hoping that 2018 is even better.