In search of beavers and bears at Hotel Sacacomie, Quebec

Sometimes you visit a place that is really truly special and gives you an experience you cling to long after its over. Hotel Sacacomie in Quebec is one of those places for me.

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KLM World Business Class review

On my way out to Montreal I flew with KLM and on the way back I flew with Air France. We were spoilt from beginning to end, with fast-track check-in, priority security and access to lounges in every airport we travelled through. I had an extra nice surprise on my way out though. I was supposed to have been booked into premium economy but the request hadn’t been passed on, so I was upgraded on the plane to business class. From the moment I found my seat, I was fussed over by lovely Dutch ladies who put my belongings into…

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Review: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

Oh the relief when you’ve flown long-haul and you finally reach your destination. For me in Montreal, this meant the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont — which sitting literally on top of the city’s central station, smack bang in the middle of the downtown area and seemingly within walking distance to everywhere of note was surely the perfect location for a first-time visitor. I arrived in my room to discover that I had actually had four rooms, which for the sake of factual accuracy I should really refer to by its proper name: a suite. A bowl of fruit, a welcome card…

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My Montreal top 5: jet boating, bars and the Basilica

Here are the top five things that I loved about the city of Montreal. 1.) Notre-Dame Basilica If you see one thing in Montreal, make it the Notre-Dame Basilica in the old town. I honestly had no idea that churches that looked like this existed outside of Europe. Built in the gothic revival style, the church was originally erected in 1672 in stone, but eventually became too small, so was rebuilt. Rather than depicting religious tales, the stained glass windows show important events from Montreal’s history, which is no surprise given that the building plays such a central role in…

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The glamour of Canadian train travel

This is just a quick post, but I had to mention how much I loved this experience. I love going on trains abroad — those double-decker trains that trundle all over Europe, the super-slow train that trundles through the Tuscan countryside, even the Eurostar. Travelling by train in the UK doesn’t quite have the same mystery and excitement as doing so in other countries, perhaps because those journeys tend to be pretty… functional. As you might imagine, when I found out I would be travelling by train through Canada I got disproportionately excited, and the whole experience from beginning to…

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