Monday, 27 April 2015

Travelling to Niagara Falls

Last weekend, some of my friends from Australia came to Canada and drove me to Niagara Falls. This is actually the second time I've been but I could never get sick of that place. The last time I went was during the harsh Canadian winter of 2014 and the bottom of the falls had actually frozen over which was quite a sight to see. This time round, there was still a lot of ice but nothing to the extreme.

I also got to experience riding a helicopter for the first time. I didn't realise how loud it would be inside. When the helicopter tilted you could really feel it unlike a plane which usually feels like you're gliding across the clouds unless you have severe turbulence. The view was so beautiful from above, I even saw a rainbow!
After that, we went on the whirlpool aero car across the gorge. It was absolutely freezing but again a beautiful sight. It's actually not scary at all. It felt very sturdy and moved slowly so you could get some great photos.

From there we headed over to the Skylon Tower, an observation tower that stands 160m tall or 520 ft from street level. It was funny stepping out onto the observation deck as the wind was so strong and blew you backwards. Again it was freezing up there but the view was worth it. There's also a revolving dining room and a buffet which sounded amazing but we didn't have any time to spare.


Last but not least, we journeyed beneath the falls. You ride an elevator 150 ft underground and you can view Niagara Falls from two portals and two observation decks. The name beneath the falls didn't really click with me until I saw a map stating 'you are here'. It's basically as close to the falls as you can get and it scared me being able to feel the violent forces of the falls and made me wonder why someone decided to go down Niagara Falls in a barrel.


I had the most amazing day and I'm proud to say I have now seen one of the Seven Natural Wonder's of the world. I also filmed bits of the day even though I had to delete some because my memory card was full.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Anzac Biscuits

You know the saying, there’s nothing like a home cooked meal and in this case, home baked meal.

I thought I’d bring home a little closer to me by baking some Anzac Biscuits. There’s actually a little history to go with Anzac Biscuits. Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and it was said that during the war, the wives of the soldiers would send them Anzac biscuits as the ingredients didn’t spoil easily. Today, their eaten usually on Anzac day (25th April) but why not just eat them whenever.

I thought I’d share the recipe I used as my Canadian pals enjoyed them a lot!

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs golden syrup
125g butter
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbs water

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 160C
2. Line the tray with baking paper
3. Mix the flour, oats, coconut and brown sugar
4. Stir in a pan the butter, golden syrup, water & bicarbonate of soda over a medium heat
5. Stir the flour mixture and butter mixture together
6. Roll the mixture into balls and place them on the tray 5cm apart
7. Flatten with a fork
8. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes
9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes
10. Enjoy!

My friend and I also carved little pictures into our cookies just for fun before putting them in the oven.

I hope you’re all well and let me know if you make them too!

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Goodbye Montréal, hello Toronto!

Today is my last day in beautiful Montréal. I had to check out of my hotel at 12pm and after that had no more wifi so yes I did go to the airport 5 hours early for this reason. I thought I'd write a post featuring the favourite parts of my holiday and a list of places to go should you ever find yourself in Montréal with nothing to do.

The Notre-Dame Basilica
The most beautiful basilica I've ever set foot in located in Old Montreal. It is also the church Celine Dion got married in for you fans out there! 

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
Another very beautiful cathedral located downtown Montreal. 

Marché Atwater
One of Montreal's popular markets selling lots of fresh produce as well as cheese, meats, breads and maple syrup!

Jean-Talon Marché
Another one of Montreal's markets slightly bigger than Atwater. I found that this one sold more fruits and vegetables and was slightly less organised but both markets give you a good feeling for life in Montreal.

Café Chat L'Heureux
It's a café where you can eat with cats playing, sleeping and running around you. What more is there to say?

Kazu
A tiny Japanese restaurant with home-cooked Japanese food located on Saint Catherine's. There's usually a queue outside so that speaks for it self really. It honestly had the best ramen I'd ever eaten.

Rue Saint-Paul
A beautiful street located in Old Montreal with a cobblestone path. You can take some great photos here as well as visit the Bonsecours Markets.

Montréal Old Port
I came during the winter time so it was mostly frozen but it was still a nice walk. You can see the Jacques Cartier Bridge as well as the Ecosphere. During the summer it would have been absolutely beautiful.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Tag | National Pet Day!

Today, the 11th August is National Pet day! I only wish I could give my cat who is on the other side of the world big hug. I thought I would do the Pet Tag to honour this day and introduce you all to someone who is very dear and special to me.


1. What is your pet’s name?
My pet's name is Luka.

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?
Luka is a Persian cross domestic cat.

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
I've had my cat since mid 2007.

4. How did you get your pet?
There was a pet shop near my house and every night, they would let people take the animals home and look after them. It was during the school holidays and my friend and I were walking past the pet shop. She looked after Luka's sister and I looked after Luka. The next morning when we woke up, Luka was absolutely no where to be found. He was so tiny and shy at the time (about eight weeks old). I remember leaving trails of food around the house looking for him. I called my friend to come over and help us look for him. It literally looked like we were moving house as we had taken all the books down from the bookshelves and everything from under the bed. Three hours later when we had almost lost hope, I heard a tiny meow near the kitchen. We finally found him in the fan located in the back of the oven. Since I was reunited with him, I knew I loved him and my mum let me keep him.

5. How old is your pet?
My cat will be eight years old this year.

6. What are some quirky things about your pet’s personality?
If I blow on him while his lying down, he'll roll around on the floor and I haven't got a clue why he does this. Also, Luka knows how to play hide-and-seek. I'll hide and he'll run up and tag me and then he'll go off and hide and I have to go and tag him. This one might be a bit TMI but after he's gone to the toilet, he does what I call a victory lap and runs around the house meowing.

7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?
My cat is my family and he means the world to me. So much of my life has changed for the better since I've had him. He's always there for me and keeps me company. Now that I'm overseas and can't see him everyday, I realise how complete he made my life and how quiet my room is without him.

8. What are some of your favourite past times with your pet?
Every moment I've had with him from giving him a good brushing, playing with him and waking up to find him sleeping on my feet.

9. What are the nicknames that you call your pet?
Luka, lukluk, piggy and some other nicknames in Chinese.

I hope you enjoyed reading the Pet Tag. I wish all of great happiness with your pets and please give them a big hug!

Love Sally
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Montreal Vlog

I've been my vlogging my adventure in Montréal since I love watching travel vlogs as well as sharing them with my friends/family and watching back on them. I hope you enjoy watching my vlog too!


Love Sally
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Friday, 10 April 2015

Saint Joseph's Oratory

This morning I payed a visit to Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, another one of the many tourist attractions in Montréal, Canada. It is Canada's largest church with Italian Renaissance architecture and was completed in 1967. 

Although it did look rather spectacular from the outside, if you're in Montréal for a weekend, I would recommend the Notre-Dame Basilica over this Oratory. The church to me lacked, and the interior was dull. Perhaps I'm just use to old cathedrals and basilicas with beautiful stain glass windows and paintings but if you do have time, I would say why not pay a visit? The entrance is free and there is a bus that takes you directly outside.


Love Sally
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Cat Lovers Dream

Yesterday I did what every crazy person has ever dreamt to do. I had lunch in a cat café with eight beautiful kitties that had been adopted from a shelter wandering around me! 

The place is called Café Chat L'heureux which is located in Montréal, Canada. When I first went in, you had to take your shoes off and leave the by the front room. I found this odd at first but it actually made the place feel very cozy and intimate. The café has lunch, desserts, coffees and smoothies. I ordered a Chopin smoothie which was banana, blueberry, almond milk and cinnamon and the La Ronron which was arugula, goats cheese, quinoa, pomegranate, green apple, almonds and and maple dressing. Both were delicious and I was surprised by the size of the salad when it came. They also have some vegan and gluten free options which is great. 

Although the place isn't cheap, it wasn't too expensive and definitely worth the experience.


Love Sally
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Happy Easter & Montréal

Firstly, Happy Easter everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful day whether you spent it eating chocolate, with your friends and family or just relaxing. Here’s a fun fact for you all, I’m allergic to chocolate.

Basically, I'm not exactly new to the Blogging world, I just decided to make the switch from Wordpress.com to Blogger because I found it slightly restrictive. I really want to bring some of my old travel stories to my new blog though so I might do 'flashback posts' and I hope you enjoy reading them.

I’m having a bit of an adventure in Montréal at the moment. I’m growing to love this place, the only thing is I wish it were a bit warmer so to compensate, I have the hotel heater set to 28 degrees. Yesterday most of the shops were closed so I visited the Notre-Dame Basilica in old Montréal, the place I was most excited to visit and it was well worth the excitement. It’s a gothic style cathedral that opened in 1832 and it is so beautiful. I could literally spend hours in there just admiring the decoration and interior design. I took lots of photos and vlogged my day but I feel like nothing can do this place justice than actually going there in person but if you get the chance, please do pay a visit.

Today for lunch, I went to Kazu a little Japanese restaurant. I’d been looking at some online recommendation for places to eat and this place came up. It’s really cute and you can watch the chefs making the food right in front of you. I ordered the Pork Ramen and it was honestly the best ramen I’ve ever eaten in my life. It also came with an entrée of vegetables and something that tasted like potato? It’s moments like these that I enjoy travelling alone because the queue for the restaurant was so long but because I wanted a single seat, I got to jump right to the front. The service was so good too and the waitress’ were very polite. Literally the moment I sat down and ordered, within a minute there was food in front of me that had just been cooked. After that I tried my first David’s Tea but I have no idea what it was that I tried because everything is in French here. I did recognise some of the ingredients which consisted of lemon and orange and it did taste rather nice.


I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and I’ll try and upload my vlog soon!

Love Sally.
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