Bar Italia

During our last trip, Ricky took me to one of his favourite places in all of London: Bar Italia. Located in the heart of Soho, it’s a great location for some morning caffeine or an afternoon break. That said, I would have easily sidestepped the unassuming front with its shadowed interior had I not had someone … More Bar Italia

Jack in the Green

Happy Mayday, everyone! This is a post I’ve been sitting on since I got back from the UK last year. You don’t really get Mayday celebrations outside Europe – at least not in any big way where I grew up. In Hastings, however, May 1st involves a three-day festival called Jack in the Green. Ricky had … More Jack in the Green

Canadian Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! Canadian Thanksgiving, that is – because ours is like a month and a half earlier than in the States. There’s a few ways that the holiday is different up here in America’s hat, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share them! 1. Sunday, Monday, Happy Days! While American Thanksgiving … More Canadian Thanksgiving

Saint Jean Baptiste: Quebec’s National Holiday

Yesterday’s post might have pushed this one back, but there’s not much that can keep Quebec under the hood for long. In fact, it’s almost more apropos than ever in light of recent politics: June 24th is our provincial celebration that is fuelled by the Québécois fires of independence. Not that we are independent (to the dismay … More Saint Jean Baptiste: Quebec’s National Holiday

Smuggler’s Adventure: St. Clement’s Caves of Hastings

Let’s do a bit of a retrograde here and throw ourselves back into Hastings. St. Clement’s Caves, to be precise – or “Smuggler’s Adventure” as the tourist theme name goes. Ricky had been telling me about Smugger’s Adventure well before we got to the UK. I had honestly no idea what it was. Tunnels full … More Smuggler’s Adventure: St. Clement’s Caves of Hastings

Battle Abbey: Treading Upon Historic Grounds on the 950th Anniversary

Before I came to Hastings, my mind always seemed to prefix the location with The Battle Of. Little did I know, until I was recently educated, that the historic site of The Battle of Hastings actually isn’t in Hastings. When the event took place in the year 1066, Hastings was the nearest town (thus giving the event … More Battle Abbey: Treading Upon Historic Grounds on the 950th Anniversary