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Maria Yates

I'm a native of Portugal, now living in Toronto, Canada. My passion for travel has taken me throughout Canada, the Caribbean, the U.S. and several European countries. Cruising is my preferred method of transportation, but I'm not picky. I'm as comfortable having afternoon tea in a 5-star hotel as I am jigging for cod in a Prince Edward Island fishing trawler. My favorite sport is people watching and, oh ya, I love food.

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A Year Of Firsts

Last year (2016) was a year of many “firsts” for me, including, taking the car in for service, attending a theatre production alone and cooking for one. In...


Ottawa Museum Roundup

If you haven’t already heard, let me tell you: Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year. One Hundred and fifty years of Confederation. That’s a big deal...


More Luxury Trains I Want To Ride

As I stated in an earlier post, I love travelling by train and I’ve added a few more train journeys to my bucket list. They are luxurious, exotic with routes that...


Trains Of The World

One of my favourite ways to travel is by train. It's slower than taking to the air, but, what's the rush? Don't we all need to slow down and enjoy? Train...

Halifax: Eating At It's Finest

I was in Halifax a few weeks ago. It's a city filled with foodie delights, especially if your taste buds include seafood. With the Atlantic Ocean lapping at its...

Canada's Historical Pier 21

Canada has a long and proud history of opening its doors to people in need. It’s a tradition that continues today and one we, as a nation, are proud of. It is in fact,...

Kensington Market In The Heart of Toronto–Ever so Kool

Kensington Market is squared off between Dundas St. W. to the south, College St. to the north, Spadina Ave. to the east and Bathurst St. to the west. Most of the hip,...

Baking It Up At Le Cordon Bleu

My love for food is the reason I signed up for the Quick Breads short-course at the world renowned, Le Cordon Bleu. Luckily, I didn’t have to fly to Paris. Rather, I...

Ottawa Winter Break – 5 Must Do Things

With fewer crowds to contend with, winter may be the best time to visit Canada's capital, Ottawa. And when I say there is so much to do and see in this city,...

5 Things To Do In Ottawa Right Now

Here’s what I noticed about Ottawa in December: It’s colder than Toronto. But Torontonian’s aren’t known for their hardy winter endurance. We were, after all,...

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