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Belgium 2009 continues

As it has been a while for this trip...so, I will use less description and more photographs.

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Yummy....chocolate street. Brussells is famous for their chocolatessssssssssssssssss :)

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We were out in the streets of brussels for a while that were able to see the sunset and see the city central place at night too. It looks absolutely stunning at night too.

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Summers 2009 in Europe

My husband had one week off from work and we wanted to see a new and different place...so, after doing some research we included Aachen (Germany) as my husband cousin was studying there at that time and my husband wanted to see him...and from there we added brussels (belgium), paris (france), few places in switzerland to our list of places to visit. I did a bit of research on renting a car and hotels.

We used airtransat for air and car booking. For hotels, my husband wanted a hotel with washroom, air-conditioning and parking...so, after planning...I used ibis.com for all my bookings.

We started our trip at frankfurt, germany.

I have to say that I loved brussels. I found that in europe you pay for everything including washrooms and toppings...condiments etc.

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I don't have a photograph...we got a bit lost on the highway and ended up looking at a step farming style vineyards...which looked absolutely beautiful.

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Chicago in summers

It was summer of 2009, when we decided to visit chicago, as my husband's cousin was visiting another cousin and my husband haven't seen them for a long time...probably over 8-10 years. So, we decided to visit chicago for 3-4 days. It was the first time when my husband was visiting USA and he was going to drive the car. First I looked up hotels at hotels.ca and found a hyatt regency 20-25 minutes away from husband's cousin place. On the first day, we rested around and saw the surrounding area and malls. We were staying near a big mall that also had ikea close-by. The next day we visited the cousins and also went to devon street which is a south asian food street. From people in toronto, I heard so much about the street but when I went there I was kind of disappointed with the shops and prices. It was actually expensive to buy indian sweets there in comparison to toronto/GTA. The next day we took the cousin from texas that was there with us and we visited the chicago downtown and took a double decker bus tour for $30 each per ticket. But, I have to say that it was a great tour, which actually made us really like the chicago. On the contrary, we heard not so good reviews from people here in toronto...mainly, because whenever they visited chicago, they didn't see the downtown and visited suburbs to meet relatives...so, their experiences were different than ours. On the fourth day, we visited outlet malls, and my husband found really good deals there at the gap.

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Posted by sameen 05:11 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

Jamaica, Last Part

We had only one day left to go back to toronto so we decided to do a private tour on a taxi. I have read before going to jamaica that one could hire a full day taxi for $150 US for the whole day. So, that's what we did...we went to the street near dr. beach and hired a taxi from there. At first we visited the rafting place, where the water was all green. Then we visited a cave on our way to ocho rios and lastly we visited the falls at ocho rios. The day turned out to be really nice with light showers from time to time.

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Then, the next day we came back to toronto. I have to say that I can never forget jamaica, for its beautiful coloured water, for its scenery, for its tasty authentic food and the friendly local people. The memories and colours of this trip will always be fresh in my mind.

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Jamaica, Part 3

From time to time we also tested some restaurants near our resort. We mostly took take-outs from jamaican vegetarian chinese to tasty jerk style fish to not so tasty Burger King veggie/fish burgers etc. We also tested come cakes and italian ice-creams.

O.k, back to the stories again...From the resort, we hired a taxi/tour van to take us to the surrounding places like Rose Hall etc. The tour of the rose hall was fantastic and it shed the light on the ghosts of rose hall and on slavery and the sugar cane fields. When we were returned back the driver didn't give us back our change so eventhough that we planned to go with him on the days to come, he called him that night and cancelled the deal with him.

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Jamaica, Part 2

On the third day, we left for negril with the bus tour. It was $35 per person. We reached the negril beach and went to the beach area which was owned by kayuba. It was so hot there that day. At the lunch time I had fish and chips while my husband ate ice-cream as was feeling hot. Then around evening time we visited Rick's cafe. My husband was feeling a bit sick so he stayed up while I took my son down the stairs. When I came up, he was on the ground doing green vomitting so I got scared and instead of going back with the tour company...we asked them to hire us a taxi and I told the tour guide to cancel our kingston trip. The taxi turned out to be a van. The doctors and hospitals are spread apart and the doctors places were mostly closed down. So, we kept on going and going. My husband's condition was getting worst. The taxi driver asked us if we had any insurance...and unfortunately we didn't. (This is the lesson we learnt from this vacation...that now we always take an insurance when we travel). So, he took us to St. Lucia's hospital which turns out to be free for all. So, the driver stayed with us for a while. The doctors took my husband inside and me and my son stayed outside in the waiting area, where we saw and met many locals. I did chat with a lady who was holding a child. I came to know that they were going to give my husband some IV's and stuff and it will take a while. The driver came back from time to time. He told me to call him when we have to go back. I think it was around 11 pm that we finally left from the hospital. I think we were supposed to pay him $120 US for the trip but we paid him $150 US as he took good care of us.

I think that my husband was unable to digest callalou which he ate at the breakfast that morning and got sick due to that as it was a new ingredient for him.

For the next two three days we rested in the city until my husband got a bit better.

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Jamaican Vacation

It was february of 2009, when I was getting a reading week off from the university and my husband had not used any holidays from that year. I asked my supervisor from the placement, if it was okay to take a week off from the placement and she said that's fine. So, then I started planning the trip. We were looking for a destination where we haven't been before, something that wasn't too far away and had enough things to keep us busy for a week. We decided to visit one of the carribean islands where english was widely spoken. So, after a bit of research we decided to visit Jamaica. Since it was reading week at many other places, the prices everywhere was on the high side.

We were looking for a resort/hotel where the room had a kitchen, because my husband was a special diet and I wanted a place where I could cook. We pointed out a package but due to some glitches couldn't book it, so we headed down to a travel agent. We came to know that the package was sold out and was still showing online. So, then I came home again and started my research again and this time I designed a package of my own and was able to actually save $1000 on the grand total for the three of us.

We booked the flight to montego bay or as locals call mo-bay via skyservice which was the most reasonable option available. Now skyservice, is out of service. Then I booked the seven day accommodation at El-Greco Resort after searching at the jamaican official tourism website. After booking the room, I found another deal elsewhere where El-Greco seven day deal was available for the price of six days, so I cancelled my booking (paid the cancellation fees, and still got the deal for cheap). The deal also included free breakfast everyday (not just the continental ones...but the ones with eggs and everything). Then, I looked around and booked the transportation from the airport to the hotel and back.

Next we went for shopping summer clothes, as it was winter in toronto (with snow) and bought some food related items like biscuits, noodles and staple stuff to save money while on vacation.

Finally we sat down on the plane, and when we were arriving in mo-bay, the water looked beautiful from the air. After arriving at the airport, we looked for the counter for the transportation company. Soon, we realized that in jamaica people prefer you to tell them things verbally instead of them reading the papers you are passing on to them. Anyhow, we reached the resort. It was morning time when we reached there. After settling down, our whole family started sleeping and slept until the evening time. For some reason, we all felt so peaceful and were sleeping at odd hours. My son found this favourite channel and program even in jamaica on the cable tv. He was extremely happy and didn't wanted to go anywhere outside.

In the evening we went out for a walk along the shores of the public beaches where was even free for the locals. We saw lots of teenagers busy playing soccer and people on the roads appeared very friendly. They said hi and hello and asked where we were from.

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The next day we went to the dr. beach club...which is a paid beach area, that was included free with our resort. That day we also went to some tour agencies to book some tours around. We booked tours for negril and also for kingston for upcoming days.

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Busy summers inside the country

In the summers and fall of 2008, we stayed mainly inside the country...but visited and showed some family visitors some places around. We went to bowmenville zoo, visited cn tower, took a bus and cruise tour of toronto, went to niagara falls, toronto islands, algonquin park, blue mountain, ottawa, montreal city, quebec city, sault st. marie, wawa and lake superior park.

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Disney, Dream come true

It was december of 2007, and I really wanted a break from my university studies. My husband was busy and couldn't accompany us. So, I asked my mom if she wanted to go somewhere. The only restriction was that she could only spare 4 to 5 days. I wanted to go out of the country on a flight with my child. We wanted a place that wasn't too far away and wasn't too expensive either, so, we picked Disney in Florida, the famous destination for children and families. Since, as a child me and my mom both have heard about disney so much, that we wanted to see...how it looked like in reality.

I looked around and found the air tickets deal from sunwing where one ticket was half price if you bought another one. So, we paid two tickets full price and one half price. Then I booked the pick and drop service from the airport to the hotel and lastly I looked around for budget hotels in orlando. I used priceline.com for the hotel booking. I got the service you price the deal and don't know the name of the hotel until you make the booking. For 3 nights/4 days our price for the room was less than $100 altogether including taxes, which was a really good deal. We stayed at travel lodge.

So, we boarded the flight and got down at orlando in less than 3 hours. The flight was good with big comfy leather seats. While we had snow in toronto, orlando was warm...and my son was wearing half sleeves shirt. The room at the hotel was good with air-conditioning, microwave and free morning continental breakfast. The same room would be around $80-$100 in toronto and it was less than $30 per night in orlando due to competition between hotels.

I have read about the lower fare disney tickets that are sold at different shops, so, I went to few of those shops...but, for most you have attend the timeshare presentations...there are few shops that sell cheaper price tickets but its only valid on 2 to 7 day ticket purchases.

The hotel we stayed at was providing free shuttle to disney attractions but the timings wasn't suiting us...so, we bought daily unlimited ride public transit tickets for $7 each.

We only wanted to visit the magic kingdom as my son was only 2 years old plus we were not interested in other places. The ticket was $75 each for the day with taxes extra. We went on trains, cruises and some play areas and saw the parades....we ate expensive but yummilious food at disney including soup, fish and chips etc. We decided to stay until dark so we could see the fireworks and the last performance and I would say...that it was one of the best shows that I ever saw.

The next day we travelled on the bus and saw disney downtown..and many other places...we also walked from time to time on foot to explore the surroundings near our hotel and also ordered pizza from pizza hut.

Since me and my mom are ladies...we couldn't just go back home without gifts for the family...so, we went to the prime outlets the next day..we bought some gifts and also some clothing for ourselves.

When you visit orlando you'll see many flea markets and oranges being sold everywhere. It is a city that is very lively and food places, attractions, and hotels are every where and are open until late night.

Our short but fun filled trip ended when we boarded the plane to toronto in four days.

If I think about the budget...the whole trip including accommodation, lavish food, transportation, gifts, shopping and visiting the attractions costed me $1500 for 3 people...meaning for one person the total was $500...so, yes, it is possible to have a family vacation on a budget...and we could have reduced the cost more if we really wanted to.

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India, part 3

So, finally we left agra and surroundings. Every place is famous for something. Agra is famous for daal moth (salty snacks) and paytha (rubber type indian sweet)...so, we bought those before leaving the city. The city had lots of cinemas, so, I am guessing that people in agra love watching movies more than the other cities of India. Also, when I visited taj mahal...they were selling miniature taj mahals for Rs. 50-150...which I bought for Rs. 20 as I walked outside the main area of sellers. So, you have to be careful of prices when you buy things.

You could say that this tour was more of a discovery trip to understand where my elders spent their time when they used to live in India. So, we crossed the city barielly where my paternal grandfather's family originated from. We also stopped in aligarh, at the famous Aligarh University, where both of my grandfathers studied and so did my husband.

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After that, we proceeded towards nainital, which is a famous hill station in north india, where my mum spent most of her childhood summers and I wanted to see how the place looked like.

On our way, we saw beautiful scenery and even spotted a deer.

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When we reached nainital, it was a rainy, cloudy day....and after the rain...it became so cold that we had to buy jackets, sweaters, socks and shawls from the nearby shops (coming from hot weather of the other areas we were not ready for that weather). The main road in nainital is called mall road and most activities are around that area. Naini means eyes and tal means lake...

We went into the nainital lake the next day for the boat tour and also went to other surrounding areas like almora where one of my grandfather's brother lived before partition.

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After that our trip came to an end and we returned back to kanpur, UP, where my husband side of the family resides. This trip was a great trip and I'll always remember it.

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India, part 2

The next day we decided to leave early morning for jaipur, which is located in the province of rajhastan for a day-trip. We left early morning for the road trip. For some reason, I always thought that rajhastan would be all desert type...but when we reached the border of the province we saw hilly areas.

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As soon as we entered the jaipur city, I fell in love with the city. This city is called pink city and has buildings that have pinkish-redish clayish touch.

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It was a sunny day but since we were there to visit the city...we didn't care. We visited all the famous places like jantar mahtar, hawa mahal, fort of amer, few other forts and even had a wonderful rajhstani vegetarian thali at a fort for lunch...which was different from thalis that you would eat in UP province. We even went to a market and got some famous rajhastani suits and two blankets (but remember you have to do lots of bargaining....which was done by my husband and the driver). In the evening we went back to agra...which was our base.

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Posted by sameen 05:41 Archived in India Comments (0)

India, once again

Part 1

Since 2006 summer till 2007 summer, we stayed mainly inside ontario and went to the previously visited destinations. In the summer of 2007, I decided to visit back homes i.e. pakistan and india because I didn't take a flight to anywhere for the past three years. So, first I went to karachi, pakistan and then visited india. After meeting and greeting with relatives, we made a plan to travel for 5 days. The good in india is that you can rent a car and it comes with a driver. So, we arranged a car with double air-conditioners called qualis for Rs.7 for one km. With a help of a relative we booked hotels which were mainly UP tourism guest houses with air-conditioned rooms. This time the people going on this trip included myself, my son, my husband and his father and sister.

Our first destination was agra, the famous city for taj mahal. I have been to taj mahal as a child but I have no memories of that trip. Our hotel rooms were nice...and we were given two bottles of limca and huge bottle of mineral water complimentary everyday. The hotel had a great room service for food and the food was tasty and reasonable in pricing. After resting a bit at the hotel after checking in...we went around the city and took a tour of some other buildings. We decided to go to fatehpur and sikri the next day in the morning before going to taj mahal.

So, some of these following photographs are from fatehpur and sikri. I liked that place.

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When we were getting closer taj mahal, they had a parking where you would have to park your car and had to take a ride in a camel cart. This step is taken to reduce the smog and traffic problem near taj mahal. Anyhow, when we reached taj mahal, we saw tons and tons of people waiting in line to get the tickets. Several people who are tourist guides approached us and one person said that they have a back door of taj mahal where they have less crowd, so if we paid him Rs. 100 he could show us the entrance. So, after giving it a thought, we decided to go with him. He took us to small alleys and roads, and then finally we reached that door. He was right, that entrance wasn't crowded. But one thing I noticed at taj mahal was the tight security measures they take. You have to pass through sensors, and then they do a manual search.

When we reached inside the actual taj mahal building, it was so crowded and dark inside that tomb, that I started to feel clastrophobic and my child was crying, so we quickly came outside. I did like the surrounding grounds and other buildings in that compound. But for some reason Taj Mahal and agra didn't impressed me that much as comparison to one another city (which you'll read next).

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Posted by sameen 05:20 Archived in India Comments (0)

Atlantic Canada

Now it was summer of 2006 when my baby was one year old. This time we wanted to rent a car because we were going to do a big road trip to the east coast. The entry below will be a more detailed one as compared to the rest so far because it was written right after the trip in 2006, so enjoy!

Day 1 and 2:

I started up searching for the car rental company address from where we were supposed to get the car. The address wasn't showing up on the site so i called the customer service..turned out that the location closed down. I was given a number to call and when i called that number i was directed to another number..they told me that we can pick up the car from another location at the same time. When we got to the location it was pouring rain and they didn't had the car we booked and we were upgraded to 2 levels up...which meant more car space but more gas cost as well. Oh well. We left around 10:30 - 11:00 pm because we wanted to travel more distance while my my baby, Z was asleep. The scenery started to get more scenic on highway 20 after the quebec city. When we entered New Brunswick province we took an
exit because we wanted zayan to have some stretching time in a picnic area. We bought some ice-cream which was homemade and was $4.50 per scoop but it was very different and yummy. I got the strawberry one and it had big chunky strawberries and creamy delicious taste. After crossing the scenic Bay of Fundy National Park we stopped at Alma where our motel was located. We finished our first drive in less than 15 hours which was about 17 hours according to mapquest and by adding extra time for Z here and there i was thinking that maybe it will take us 19/20 hours to reach Alma. I asked at the reception if they have airconditioning...so the girl smiled and said you won't need it because of the weather....and in the evening/night time it was so chilly that i was feeling cold in one comforter. On our way to Alma we also stopped at Fredricton.

Day 3:

We left for Hopewell Rocks this morning...when we reached there we had the breakfast at the outside deck overlooking the beautiful bay of fundy. It was very refreshing. Then we went on the trail that leads towards the Flower pot rocks...when we went down...i realized that the shore line colour is not only muddy...but it was actually muddy...and people were walking barefeet on it to get the free pedicure with the mineral rich clay. On the way back we took a shuttle to the parking lot. After that we went to the Bay of Fundy National Park to explore
the park. After the exploration of the park we went back to the Hopewell Rocks park to see the high tide. On our way back we went to the
oldest lighthouse of the province on Route 915. At night i had fish and chips at the local Alma restaurant and also had ice-cream.

Day 4:

Today we planned to proceed to the PEI province but on the way my husband wanted to see the magnetic hill in Moncton....so when we reached Moncton i entered the tourism department to get a local map..The ticket to magnetic hill was $5...its the place where you park your car in neutral and it climbs the hill. We crossed the PEI via confederation bridge and stayed at New Haven near Charlottetown. During the drive we saw farming everywhere including corns and potatoes. In the afternoon evening time we decided to go to prince edward park. So, our first destination was cavendish beach...after that we went to anne of green gables and the historic site..then we went back to the
prince edward park's other side that goes upto rustico and north rustico.

Day 5:

We were able to catch the NFL ferry for 11:00 am that goes to Nova Scotia. While we were on the ferry we tried PEI's famous icecream from Cows (the shop's name). So far, it was the best tasting ice-cream i ever had in my life. When we were having fries and egg salad sandwich it was time to go down to the car...so we just rushed down. From pictou we had to go all the way to cheticamp located in Cape Breton Island. Cheticamp is a small village with all the amenities including bank, many restaurants and accomodations, hospital and whale watching cruises. After checking in the motel somewhere around evening time we went to the Cape Breton Highlands Park. The scenery was great..they had numerous lookouts. At one point we went out of the boundaries of the park to go to Meat Cove....that's when i saw something on the road side from far away distance...i thought it was moose..But then it wasn't moving so i thought that it was someone asking for hitchiking (in that part of canada you do see a lot of people asking for rides)....as we got closer...i told my husband...look look...moose...it wasn't just one of them..but two... One Mama moose and one baby moose...By the time i could take their photograph, they were gone in the bushes. Whenever i expect to see wildlife i don't see them..and when i stop thinking about them..i see them out of no where.

Meat Cove has a camping ground but no parking for day users so we just parked the car on the road and clicked some photographs. On the way back i felt soooooooooo sick. My childhood motion sickness was back. I just wanted to get to the motel and didn't wanted to come back there next day....on the way back..we spotted another moose.. This time i took the photographs from the car but they didn't came out good. Again, the same late evening we spotted another moose...who was standing in the bushes and wasn't going away so my husband clicked some videos and photographs of the moose finally..So, in one day we saw 4 moose when they are so rare to spot. While we were coming back from the park we clicked few more photographs because i knew i wasn't coming back here next day.

Day 6:

We decided to go to Sydney, Louiseburg and Baddeck today. I really wanted to see the fortress of Louiseburg and the old culture they display there. On the way to Louiseburg we went through Sydney...There was a big line up on the counter to purchase tickets. A bus was going to take us to the fortress. The fortress experience really made my day..we saw people dressed up in british and french army clothes..we saw few marches and experienced the old lifestyle. On the way back we stopped at the Alexander Graham Bell's historic site in Baddeck. When we reached back in Cheticamp i really wanted to experience the Acadian taste....so i took out fish and mashed potato and fish chowder from a restaurant...and in that restaurant the servers were dressed up in old style clothing. When they say that their food is different and tasty...they sure say it right..because the food was sooooooooo yummy.

Day 7:

Our journey back to toronto started....we crossed the Cape Breton and then main land Nova Scotia and we were in New Brunswick....around late evening when we were approaching edmunston....the car started making very scary sounds and engine light was on...we were stranded on the highway....and when you need help...the cell phone battery is never charged....Ah...Who could imagine that a new car that was driven only 3000 km at the start of the trip could broke down. Since the trip started i had a feeling that we'll be staying at Edmunston...and my husband had the feeling that car will broke down...so he got all the roadside assistance information from the rental company. Yeah, so we parked the car on the curb...and started driving it at below 10 or less km/hr....after 6 km we finally saw an exit...parked the car at a gas station and called the roadside assistance from a local phone booth...we were told that the rental company is not around that area so we should call the ford roadside assistance..They told us that the tow truck will be there in one hour...so i was going to walk to the hotel and check-in. But the tow truck guy was there in less than 10 minutes...then he called a taxi which was actually a van...They were speaking french amongst themselves...Now we had to rush and put everything in the van...imagine the chaos...the toys..the clothes..the bags and tons of stuff.

The van guy was an old guy...he was going to take us to the main edmunston but he said that they are having some festival in the city these days so the hotels everywhere are booked so lets check this hotel across the street...they had one room upstairs but had no elevator....so all the stuff had to be transported manually..Both of us...were still worried about what was going to happen tomorrow. The hotel was gorgeous from inside and the esthetics and interior sense was just great...too bad that i didn't click any photographs there because of all the panic. So, my husband called back the roadside assistance of the rental and told them to arrange something...finally they agreed that they will send a car from fredricton next morning and it will be there at 10:00 am.

Day 8 and 9:

Day 8 I had their free breakfast in the lower lounge. Then we packed up everything and started waiting for the car..After 10:00 am we started to get worried because we had to leave the room at 11:00 am and there was no signs of the car....so we called the rental again....and we were told that the tow truck guy with the car left early morning at 6:00 am from fredricton and should be there any minute. We informed the front desk about the tow truck and the front desk attendants were really nice. We were told that we can stay even past 11:00 am until the car arrives. The tow truck guy came around 10:50 am and told us that he had to get something fixed for his truck on the way to here...that's why he got a bit late. At this point, our anxiety level went down a bit...now we were just worried about the return of the car and if they were going to charge us any extra money. Around 10:00 pm we were back in our city...our home sweet home...took some popeyes chicken on the way to home.

Day 9 Finally, took the car back...nothing got charged extra...infact...our bill got reduced by $50....($200 for the whole trip) so that was good. Finally, our trip is over. These memories of adventure, fun, serenity, panic and choas will always make me smile whenever i'll think back :)

!!!!!!The End!!!!!

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Ontario Beaches

I wrote this in 2005 as well, when someone asked me for my opinion on ontario beaches...so, here it is. The information might be outdated as it was written five years ago.

I am going to write down about my experiences of south western ontario's beaches today because when you read ontarioparks website you can't really determine if the park or the beach is according to your liking or not.

Wasaga Beach - this was the first beach in canada that i ever visited..we went there around the sunset time years and years ago. I liked it the first time but then as the years went by..during the days it was crowdeddddddddd and dirty..

Sauble Beach - when we went there it was around March few years ago..the water was cold and not many shops and washrooms were open. I liked the place but then again in summer its really really crowded.

Algonquin Park - if you are visiting algonquin park..they have few beaches on different lakes..but they are like any ordinary beaches..if you are staying in dwight then spending an evening at the dwight beach around sunset time is lovely.

Craigleigh- one of my favourite beaches..its a small stretch of stone beach but the light blue coloured water shades are to die for..its a good place for camping if you want to stay overnight..Its near blue mountain/ collingwood area.

Mc.Gregor Point- the water colour here are also great but be ready to encounter some snakes or frogs on the trails. I went there only once and wouldn't go back again because i am afraid of animals.

Point Pelee / Leamington Area - this area is only 50 km away from windsor. If you are staying in leamington then you can visit there public beach near the ferry launch area.. Its free parking unlike other provincial parks and the shop that sells fries and icecream are very generous..their servings are huge.

Parks around Lake Simcoe - there are many parks that have beaches around lake simcoe. I went to the sibbald point. You can do fishing there as well. There picnic area and playground area is huge as compared to all the above mentioned parks.

Long Point - closer to London, ontario...it has picnic benches and some nice sand dunes..Sand dunes actually block the view of the beach..so as you go down the sand dunes and look at the huge water waves its amazing. Not much crowd around so you can have enjoy some peace around. When i was coming back from the long point i saw a turtle walking on the road and it was crossing the road. I got excited because it didn't see a turtle walking on the road in reality out of no where.

Turkey Point - as soon as i reached there..we pulled out the car because it had tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many people on the beach. It might be a good place to visit during the weekday. Every inch of the beach was covered with people. Long point, turkey point, port bruce and selkirk are all close by.

Selkirk - its near the lake erie plant of stelco..and its on my list of favourites..its very quiet around. They have picnic benches and grass
too...you have to pass the camping area to reach the day use area. I just wanted to lay on the grass...i was able to see and hear the waves at the beach...and i was able to relax while i watched the clear blue sky and the background waves sound. The colour of the water is again beautiful..Yes i love light coloured water :)

Inverhuron- as mentioned by the ontario parks as the best kept secret..and yes, it was a great place. Another one on my list of favourites. It borders the lake huron. Clear water that looks light coloured from far away. It has sand dunes and a board walk and also some picnic benches in the parking area...very few people. Usually sundays at the beaches are not crowded anyways. When i was coming back i saw a deer that jumped in front of the car ahead of us...and the deer jumped and hopped into the farms on the other side of the road. It was the first time i saw a deer who was jumping and running besides watching them in the zoo or as pets.

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Winters in Blue Mountain

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So, now the most awaited winter holidays were here (December, 2005). I was again the family travel planner. My parents, brother and few other relatives wanted to go away somewhere as well, but, the restriction was that the place shouldn't be too far away from toronto in terms of driving and shouldn't be too expensive. Yeah, so everyone agreed on Blue Mountain, near collingwood, ontario, as it's less than 2 hours drive from toronto. After looking around I booked two chalets at Mountain Springs Lodge Resort & Conference Centre. The accommodation was good and had kitchen as well. I think my uncle also brought some old indian movies from home which everyone watched at night. After two nights, when we left blue mountain in the morning it snowed a lot that morning. If you are looking for snow, hills and snow related activities then look no further than Blue Mountain.

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