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Is the Mona Lisa the Original Kardashian?


One of my aunt’s has called me Mona Lisa for many, many years so it was pretty special when I got to stand a few feet from the real deal this fall. It could also be why I find the bit of trivia I learned about her so interesting. She’s been called the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world. But why is the Mona Lisa famous in the first place?

Sunday Snap: Parisian Café

Paris Cafe |

Tips for Flying Ryanair


When you think of budget airlines I bet Ryanair is one of the first ones that comes to mind, isn’t it? They advertise prices so low that you figure they can’t be true. Well, they are…sort of. Flying Ryanair can be cheap but it can also test your fine print reading skills and the limits of your patience. Make a wrong move and it could cost you. I recently made my first two trips with the discount carrier and I wanted to share a few things I learned.

Toronto Gets a Cuban Taxi Surprise

Cuban Taxi in Toronto |

I love companies that have a whimsical side and don’t always take themselves so seriously. I also love is free vacations. Air Transat recently checked off both those boxes by unleashing a crazy Cuban cab on the streets of Toronto.

Praktik Bakery Hotel - Barcelona, Spain |

Praktik Bakery Hotel – Barcelona, Spain

A lot of people will claim that their favourite smell is freshly baked bread. Boutique hotels are starting to get on with having a unique fragrance in their lobbies. What...

The Godfrey Hotel - Chicago |

How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Chic Hotel

I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret. I love hotels. Staying in a nice hotel is one of my favourite things. Maybe it’s the free cable. Maybe it’s the l...

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