It’s December 16th and that means gift-giving season is in full swing for many friends and family in the globe-trotting community. As my friend Gigi pointed out in her post on this topic, those who are not minimalists, travel-lovers, or with-pet travellers might be uncertain what gift to get those who spend most of their time on the road with nothing but a carry-on. And since Gigi asked if we had […]

  The blog turns five years old today! If that doesn’t seem like a long time to you, then let me try and put this milestone into context. Five years ago, selfie sticks, Uber, and Hulu didn’t exist, and Instagram was just barely launched. Five years ago, I heard Mom say to Dad, “It will be a travel blog. But not just a blog. More than that. A […]

I am back from Croatia, Dear Reader, and, Oh my! OH MY! My head is FULL of amazing adventures to share with you! I know you are eager to read them all but first—first—I have to share with you one of the best ideas ever! It was one of the most fabulous experiences we had on this trip. I hope you will forgive me if I keep you waiting […]

Happy Canada Day Everyone!! Yes it is the 1st of July and although this year it is chilly and raining outside we will not let that (excuse the pun) dampen our spirits. Today is all about celebrating everything that makes Canada great and you know what makes Canada great? Canadian dogs! Like with Canadian human’s and their amazing inventions and achievements; it has come to my attention that […]

Every now and then life tosses you a sort of “three-for-one” deal. I always enjoy those and this post is that kind of gift. Yep, I’m going to cover three excursions! Promenade Maurice Rouvier Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Dinner in Beaulieu And it’s all in one long, fun, walk-able loop. You can make a day of it by taking a bathing suit and some fresh water with you. Or, if you […]

Every year on or around our blogiversary, I do a little soul searching and post a recap here on Montecristo Travels. (See last year’s blogiversary post here). It’s a bit self-serving to offer up my soul searching so I want to thank you for bearing with me on this yearly not-travel-related post. You see, Dear Reader, this blog marks time for me like nothing else. It has kept my […]

There are few places I enjoy more than the MacKenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Park. Luckily for me, it is only about a 20 minute drive from my home! I don’t know if it’s the pretty gardens, the lovely tea house, the majestic mature trees, the wonderful trails or the time worn ruins that dot the property… but there is just something alluring about the place. So, […]

We have some huge news! An announcement of epic proportions! Drumroll, please! We are launching our own series of children’s books! Yup, you heard it, Dear Reader – a series of children’s books, featuring Yours Truly, of course! The first book, Montecristo Travels to Pisa, will be available November 2014. You read correctly: this November! *tail wag* In a nutshell, Montecristo Travels to Pisa (and all future books) […]

It’s New Year’s Eve and I must admit I am truly excited to see what 2014 will bring.  Although I can’t tell you where we will travel to next (because oddly enough we actually don’t know) we have so many plans, dreams and projects that it is making my head spin and I am bursting at the seams with energy. And it’s good to look forward to the […]

“Language is the biggest barrier to human progress because language is an encyclopedia of ignorance.  Old perceptions are frozen into language and force us to look at the world in an old fashioned way.”  – Edward de Bono When I tell people that I accept invitations from fans to stay with them in countries all over the world … they often look at me like I am insane. Then they […]