Entries by Kelvin

Paris: Day 6

September 3rd, 2013 – Sunny Our time in Paris had gone by so fast!!! With only two full days left in the city we only visited 1/3 of the attractions on our list… but since my wife and I were having such a fantastic time we decided to maintain our pace knowing that we would […]

Paris: Day 5

September 2, 2013 – Sunny Usually one of the first chapters in most Paris guidebooks, Ile de la cite was where Paris originated and thus it was full of historical must-visits. How did it take us so long to visit the heart of Paris? We simply fell in love with the Eiffel Tower (we just […]

Paris: Day 4 (Versailles)

September 1st, 2013 – Sunny Woke up today around the same time (9 AM) but the scenery outside our apartment changed drastically. Usually a quiet street, Boulevard de Grenelle had transformed into a buzzing open-air market selling everything from baby clothes to the freshest produce every Wednesday and Sunday. Unfortunately we did not have time […]

Paris: Day 3

August 31st, 2013 – Stormy & Overcast, then sunny I discovered “pain au chocolat” when buying croissants for breakfast today. Pain au chocolat was basically a square croissant with a little bit of chocolate stuffed inside = Heaven! I also had wine with breakfast for the first time in my life (leftover from last night’s […]

Paris: Day 2

August 30, 2013 (Sunny) After a solid 12 hours of sleep we woke up around 9 AM (we made it a rule to minimize alarm clock use while traveling… why do people join tours that start at 6:00 am anyways? That’s worse than a work day!). Today we had our first ever Croissant from Paris […]

Paris: Day 1

August 29th After a surprisingly good long distance flight with Air Transat we arrived in Paris!!! (Air Transat was simply superior to Air Canada in every way + why didn’t I invest in noise cancelling headphones 5 years ago?? I was able to catch a few quick naps on a flight for the first time […]

Ancient China in Modern Beijing

Last time I visited Beijing I was 4 years old (~1989) and I ran off in Tiananmen Square looking for bullet holes (which led to homemade personal locating devices attached to me for the reminder of the trip… aka little bells around my wrist).  From my recollections Beijing was a sterile and oppressive city possibly because my […]

Beijing: Day 5

February 9th, 2012 Our flight was scheduled in the early afternoon so we did not have much time to sightsee that day. In fact even if we went sightseeing we wouldn’t see much because the smog was terrible. We were lucky that the majority of our trip was under beautiful blue skies (at least we could […]

The Great Wild Wall of China (Jinshanling)

February 8th, 2012 Woke up to a beautiful clear morning with cloudless blue sky (BOO YA no smog!).  The first order of business: Go to McD’s and grab our lunches for the day – $2 CAD breakfast meals (we got 2 each haha).  We are not big fans of fast-food especially when traveling abroad, but […]

Beijing: Day 3

February 7th, 2012 We jumped on the metro for the Summer Palace.  After a quick transfer (Subway Line 1 to Line 4) and a 40 minute journey, we concluded that personal space was obviously defined differently in Beijing.  Avoid travelling around morning rush hour on the subway because I was simultaneously the big spoon and the […]