As the New Year approaches, it is good to stop and look back at the places we’ve been to and be truly thankful for having had the opportunity to travel as much as we did in 2013.
We started our travels taking a road trip from Toronto, Ontario to visit friends in Moncton, New Brunswick during Spring Break. It was a long trip and from Moncton we took day trips to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. On the way back to Toronto we stayed in Quebec City, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario; I must say that Quebec City stole my heart, even though it was so, so cold.
We ate amazing food, everyone we met was very nice and saw some beautiful sights, like the Chateau Frontenac and the Chute Montmorency. I can only imagine how beautiful this beautiful city must be in the summer!
Then for our summer vacation we went to Europe! We visited Rome, Pisa, Florence, Milan, Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Barcelona. The two places that were the highlights for us? Amsterdam and Barcelona.
We were really surprised how kid friendly Amsterdam can be and how Barcelona brought back amazing memories from my childhood, since the culture seems very similar to the one from southern Brazil where I grew up. Again, in both places the food and the people were fantastic.
In Barcelona we marveled at Gaudi’s masterpieces and felt welcomed everywhere by the amazing people we met.
Then October came and we went to Philadelphia! We loved Philly and want to go back in the Summer so that we can enjoy more of the outdoors and have more time to go to some of the restaurants we hoped to go the first time but didn’t manage to make it.
And finally in December, we went to Vancouver and it feels like we left the best for last: Seattle! This city is our treasure, a place we hope to go back to many times (especially in the Summer, since it looks like we are very well adjusted to nice weather now 🙂 )! In many ways, Seattle is so familiar to us, so much so that we felt so at home there. Maybe it’s because of the music scene of Seattle that had a huge part in the 10/11 year old me/my husband listening to Pearl Jam and Nirvana and then getting an English dictionary to try and translate so we could understand what they were singing about. Or maybe it was just the fact that the city has such a laid back vibe, everybody is so nice (genuinely nice), the food is so good and it is so easy to be a tourist there (from getting from the airport to downtown to using a City Pass to visit the main attractions). We really can’t explain why, but Seattle was the highlight of our year of travels!
We hope to have contributed to your travel planning in 2013 and wish you a very happy 2014, hoping it will be full of travels and adventures!