The wildfire smoke cleared on the morning of our family wedding, just in time for the bride and groom to say their vows overlooking coal harbour. We took this as a sign that we needed to book our Vancouver seaplane flight, to really explore the azure harbour waters and take in an eagle-eyed view of this city. I suppose it was ok… oh, who am I kidding, the harbour is spectacular. Let me also point… View Post

The Sea to Sky Highway: Vancouver to Whistler

The Sea to Sky Highway: Vancouver to Whistler

Move over Route 66, one of our favourite day trips from Vancouver City (we also managed to fit in wild Killer whale spotting – post to come) was taking the Sea to Sky highway up to Whistler. I tried to summarise all of the things we enjoyed about Vancouver in my ’18 reasons why we fell in love’ post, and failed miserably. There were actually about 26 things listed, not to mention the myriad of minor… View Post

Vancouver: 18 Reasons Why We Fell In Love

Vancouver: 18 Reasons Why We Fell In Love

Vancouver has always been our travel Avalon – a mystical dream that we never thought we would ever turn into reality. With family connections there that have threaded us to this beautiful Canadian city for decades, when we were invited to a wedding there last year practically within a breath of receiving the invite, we were investigating flights. Weighing up the city combinations, instead of hitting the neon lights of Las Vegas we decided to explore… View Post

Salish Lodge and Spa: Hotel Review Overlooking Snoqualmie …

Salish Lodge and Spa: Hotel Review Overlooking Snoqualmie Falls

We slept with our hotel balcony door slightly ajar, the softly rushing sound of Snoqualmie Falls providing a soothing backdrop to our travel weary dreams. The smell of our own private fireplace was a rich and spicy quilt to our city senses, and the thick carpet of our Salish Lodge King Room was plush beneath our toes. That building on the top left-hand side? That was our hotel – the Salish Lodge and Spa –… View Post

What to do in Seattle: Ferry to Bainbridge …

What to do in Seattle: Ferry to Bainbridge Island

To say that our afternoon trip over to Bainbridge Island was spontaneous is an understatement. We spent a morning mooching our way around a few of the Seattle stores (Mr Kiwi bought a watch, I bought a Frappucino at the Starbucks next to Pike Place Market – thereby hopping the hour plus queues) and then I google searched ‘what to do in Seattle’. That’s how much planning we did. Jumping aboard one of their commuter ferries… View Post