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Scotland part 3: Edinburgh

The final installment of my Ireland / Scotland photos are below. Please enjoy! For more details on where I went and ate, sign up for my monthly newsletter where I will reveal my travel guide in this month’s mailing.

We saw a royal during this trip – Duke of Kent to be exact

See other photos in this series:

Ireland, part 1: The Cities

Ireland, part 2: Natural beauty

Scotland part 1: The drive to Inverness

Scotland part 2: The castles

Scotland part 3: Edinburgh

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Scotland part 2: The castles

#cliffsandcastles was the hashtag I used on Instagram for my trip to Ireland and Scotland, and Scotland delivered on both fronts. If you ever get the chance to drive along Castle Trail, definitely do it! You can do an abridged version in 1 day or if you want to see more, you can spend 2 days. For more details on which ones were worth visiting, sign up for my monthly newsletter where I will reveal my travel guide in this month’s mailing.

The first castle we went inside was Castle Fraser

I made some good friends with cows

Our GPS took us on some wrong turns here and there… including driving through a farm… oops!

Dunnottar Castle photographed pretty awesomely

While I used various different filters in editing some of these photos, I will pause and say, yes, the grass is THAT green

Some of the other castles and houses we saw along the way

Aberdeen is a cute city to stop in and grab dinner

See other photos in this series:

Ireland, part 1: The Cities

Ireland, part 2: Natural beauty

Scotland part 1: The drive to Inverness

Scotland part 2: The castles

Scotland part 3: Edinburgh

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Scotland part 1: The drive to Inverness

The majestic Scottish highlands along route A-82 unfolded before our eyes as we drove from Edinburgh to Inverness via a stop at Stirling castle and then getting on the windy, picturesque, magnificent A-82. Never mind that some of these scenes were featured in the James Bond film Skyfall (okay, so that was maybe a main reason why I chose this route), in Googling / Pinterest searching for this trip, I knew that a particular junction close to Glencoe would lend to some of the most spectacular photos on this trip. Want to know how you can find the exact spots? Sign up for my monthly newsletter where I will reveal my travel guide in this month’s mailing.

Where’s Waldo?


This was one of our best meals in Scotland! Want to know where it is? Sign up for my monthly newsletter

See other photos in this series:

Ireland, part 1: The Cities

Ireland, part 2: Natural beauty

Scotland part 1: The drive to Inverness

Scotland part 2: The castles

Scotland part 3: Edinburgh

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Birthday weekend in Montreal

Taking a quick moment to blog about my trip this past weekend to Montreal. I had a great time in Montreal, in many ways, it felt like being in Paris – except food was better priced and I can get away with a lot more English if I wanted to.

Thank you to all my friends who provided great food suggestions! To explain why I don’t usually go to all the top foodie places… it’s due to our religious restrictions. Our diet isn’t strictly kosher, but we do avoid pork – which is hard in many top dishes around the world including French cuisine, shellfish, and we also stay away from food produced in inhumane manner – such as foie gras, and then, on top of that, neither of us actually like what is commonly considered Jewish food in the States (so, no Katz’s deli), so it took some extra research to find what we’d like to eat, but as always, we trended Middle East / Mediterranean. I was very happy to indulge on delicious halal kebabs,  fresh fruit and produce at the Marche Jean Talon, great cheese and bread from local places, and a lavish birthday dinner at Le Club Chasse et Peche which I would recommend in a heartbeat.

Our first hot meal in town was Chateau Kabab. Kababs were great!

We stayed at Le Meridien. Great rooms, great ambiance, great bed… not so great service (we gave front desk our feedback), I was surprised given it’s an SPG, but that might explain why it’s category 3

Well worth the 5$ CAD entrance fee, the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal (no relation to the Notre Dame in Paris) was an architectural delight

With my husband’s sweet tooth, we also hit up various pastries. The reason why there are photos of chocolate in this post is because of him – you never want to give me chocolate, as it goes straight to him as I don’t eat it ;)  Juliette et Chocolat is a chain where you can find delicious chocolates

Our highest compliments for a bakery, however, go to Mamie Clafoutis, where we went twice for pastries

Don’t let this bushy tailed squirrel fool you. Her and her conniving pack of compadres kept lunging at us while we tried to eat our Mamie Clafoutis pastries in a nearby park.

Everyone told me to go to St-Viateur Bagel… Umm… No. Sorry, nope nope, does not measure up at all to a piping hot Brooklyn bagel. Sorry

Then it was my birthday dinner! Thank you thank you to everyone who recommend Le Club Chasse et Peche. It was one of the best meals I’ve had this year

We started with the Wagyu beef two ways, and his entree was the veal

While mine was a delicate Alaskan king salmon

Growing up in Europe as a kid, I’ve always loved open air markets. They’re my jam. Marche Jean Talon – though pricey – did not disappoint. We went here twice as well

The crepe stand looked great, but was not worth it


I highly recommend La fromagerie Hamel at the marche to taste and grab some cheese
Shang’s quick guide to Montreal:

Transport

- Get the 3-day unlimited pass on the Metro system, good for subway (very frequent trains, usually every 6 minutes) and the bus – including the 747 bus that takes you to the airport. We did not cab or Uber even once in this town, which was great!

See:

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal

- Climb Mont Royal (or in my case, take bus 11 up, walk back down)

- Wander around downtown shopping district

Eat:

Chateau Kabab

Le Club Chasse et Peche

La fromagerie Hamel

Mamie Clafoutis

Marche Jean Talon

 

Want to see more travel photos? Be sure to check out my recent trip to Ireland

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Mahbuba, in(SP)ired | Celebrating her birthday

Mahbuba put it the best: Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you gift yourself. She wrote me before turning 23 that she wished to gift herself the gift of some beautifully done photographs for both personal and professional reasons. How cool is that? It sure doesn’t hurt when you look like Leighton Meester ;) I loved how much Mahbuba was into fashion. She creatively incorporated her hijab into her every day wear, however, I am only showing a select few shots here. Thank you Mahbuba! May each birthday you have be ever more fabulous!

Treat yourself. Come see what in(SP)iration sessions with me are all about

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