Banff Restaurants, Travel Thursday

Obviously I had to talk about where we ate on our trip, and I figured that given that everybody loves food, I should finish my trip coverage off with it. Unless you are Captain Holt from Brooklyn Nine Nine who searches out bland and flavourless food to fill your days, you will need delicious food to power all of your hiking and exploring! Banff is an interesting mixture of chain restaurants, fast food, and unique one offs- these are three of the spots that are unique to Banff. I hope that you enjoy my mini culinary tour of Banff!

Banff Restaurant Recs

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Snapshots of Banff, Travel (Thursday)

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite shots from our wanderings around Banff! I find that some of the best pictures from travelling don’t fit neatly into a post but rather are moments caught throughout. I love travelling with the dogs a) because I love Loki and Thor, and b) because you often get to see parts of towns and cities that you might not otherwise have. I normally don’t walk through residential streets when I travel for no reason. It kind of feels like I’m spying and it’s often out of the way. However, when we are with the dogs, it’s much quieter and a better walk. So, here are my favourite snapshots!

Snapshots of Banff

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Banff Cemetery Walk, Travel Thursday

Being the historian and nerd that I am, of course I sought out some way to learn more of the history of Banff. I’ve already been to the Banff Museum and I wanted to find more of the organic history of the town. While I am not overly interested in Canadian history (far too new for me), I do find the history of mountain and railroad towns quite fascinating- the elite classes of these towns led interesting and complicated lives that are often swept up into the history of the railroad and the mines. So, one afternoon we set out to learn a little more about Banff!

Old Banff Cemetery Walk

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Fairmont Banff Springs, Travel Monday

I know that my travel posts are typically on Thursdays, but I don’t want to “drag out” my Banff posts for a month or more to only post on Thursdays! So, here is a Travel Monday post that I hope you enjoy. While my Travel Thursday post was all about my afternoon tea experience at the Fairmont, I spent some time wandering about the hotel before and after. I decided to do a separate post to showcase the rest of the hotel and my time there, so I hope you enjoy!

Fairmont Banff Springs

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Travel Thursday- Banff 2017

Hello all! We made it to Banff in one very long and interesting day. We saw some very boring fields (Eastern Alberta, I’m looking at you), a lot of towns, and some fairly beautiful mountains! I’m incredibly tired but excited to wake up in the Rockies ☺ Continue reading

Banff To-Do List, Travel Thursday

At the beginning of May, I will be heading back to Banff with my dad and brother again- resident dog petter and walker, at your service! While I love just being there and relaxing in such a gorgeous setting, there are a few things that are on my to-do list for this trip. Most of what I plan to do is enjoy the fresh air, get ahead on the blog, and crack through my reading list but I’m going to share a few local to-dos that are at the top of my list!

Banff To-Do List,Travel Thursday

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Travel Thursday, Kensington Gardens

Kensington Palace is associated with a few different royals, including Queen Anne and Queen Victoria. However, in recent memory it is most strongly associated with Diana, Princess of Wales! If you ever have the chance to visit, I recommend that you wander all around the Palace and gardens as you will see the gates where all of the flowers and gifts were left after her passing and the Sunken Garden which is currently transformed in honour of her memory!

Kensington Gardens,Travel Thursday

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Things to Consider When You Book a Flight, Travel Thursday

A big thanks to Charlotte from Mosaicca for suggesting this topic! It’s one of those things that people don’t always consider when they are booking a flight- when should I book my flights in the day? Do I leave early in the morning arrive with part of a day left but potentially no energy left to do anything, or leave later in the day in time to go to bed? The rush of grabbing a flight on sale supersedes everything for most people, but there are more things to consider. So, here are my tips on picking the optimal time for a flight! Continue reading

How to Choose Your Destination, Travel Thursday

Travel has become more and more affordable (though not necessarily cheap), and more of us are able to set aside the time and money to enjoy it. One of the worst aspects, though, is when you have built up your hopes and you’ve been daydreaming about that one place non-stop only to be disappointed upon your arrival. I’ve done enough travelling now to be able to make better choices about where to go and what to do when I’m there; I think it comes both from travel experience and just getting to know myself more! Today, I’m going to share my own travel wisdom and help you get your travel right from the very beginning.  Continue reading

Jameson’s Distillery, Travel Thursday

Although it is a day early, Happy St Patrick’s Day! I usually do a random assortment of my favourite pictures from my year living in Dublin but this year I decided to narrow it down- March is when you start to see those stereotypical lists of “17 Things to Do In Dublin”, and without fail the Guinness Factory Tour is listed. While the Guinness Tour is enjoyable, I’ve got to say that the Jameson’s tour is certainly superior, (this isn’t because I’m a whiskey drinker who despises beer…) and here is why… Continue reading