diefenbunker cold war museum

This article is part of the momondo experience series where momondo challenged me to find the quirkiest place to visit in Ottawa. I’d say this is it. When most people come to Ottawa they plan on visiting the Parliament buildings, riding a double-decker bus or maybe even joining in on a yoga class on Parliament Hill. Ottawa is one of Canada’s crowning jewels and a fascinating city to visit. Loaded with history and fun things to do, you won’t regret making plans to visit. If you’re coming this far though and looking for something truly unique then you simply can’t […] Continue reading →


Thinking that maybe an RV is the right fit for your family? There is no doubt that RVing is a lifestyle  more and more families are adopting as the benefits become more widely known. RVing also allows you to see North America in a unique, cost effective and fun way.  Don’t leap before you look though,  consider the following before you commit. 1)   All RV’s are not created equal. RV’s come in all shapes and sizes from a tent trailer to a fifth-wheel to a Class A motorhome.  The challenge for you will be deciding what works best for your […] Continue reading →

hogswart 3

“Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees.” As a child I used to wish that I could visit magical places like the ones I found in the books I read. I would close my eyes and let my mind wander as I visited far off places and exotic locales. I loved how books opened up my imagination for me and let me travel to places that no real place could […] Continue reading →


Ever since I was engaged to be married in St. Martin, this island of two nations has held a special place in my heart. My ring was bought on the Dutch side and the proposal happened on the French, making the betrothal of two Canadians a truly international affair. Or, at least that’s how I’ll always view it. Returning this year with my 11 year old as a Port of Call with Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas was a special treat. It’s not every day you get to share with your children where your story as a family began. […] Continue reading →


The one thing you can never say about dining on Royal Caribbean‘s Freedom of the Seas is that it lacks options. Options abound on this floating city. From fine dining to casual fare, the Freedom of the Seas has it covered. Prior to our trip in early November I was slightly worried about dining onboard for three reasons. First, I thought I’d get bored with the choices fairly quickly. Second, I’m trying to live a gluten-free life and I wasn’t sure how the Freedom of the Seas would manage that. Finally, I was fairly certain that the food would be […] Continue reading →

barbie tiaras and tea

Someone I know, *coughcough* my daughter *coughcough*, thought they were like, so over Barbie, you know? At the ripe old age of 10 and 3/4 this certain someone thought she was just way too old to play with Barbie. Then, this certain someone joined me on a recent press trip aboard the Freedom of The Seas and discovered that Barbie was still pretty cool after all. Of course she is. Barbie is iconic and looks pretty darn fabulous for someone approaching her 50th birthday. Not surprising, of course, is that Barbie is now sailing the high seas as an exclusive […] Continue reading →

view off balcony

Spend any time aboard a Royal Caribbean ship and you might find that you’ll adopt their “Why Not?” attitude as a life philosophy. If they can put a rock wall on the top deck of the ship, then you should climb it. If they can put a skating rink at sea, then you should lace up your skates. And if they can build cantilevered hot tubs hanging high over the ocean, then by George, you should hang out in it. In fact, by the end of your Royal Caribbean vacation, you might be asking yourself where this carefree individual you’re […] Continue reading →