We Had So Much Fun at Our Reception

My husband and I both grew up in a wealthy family. Our siblings went the traditional route of having the big fancy weddings that are very elegant, glamorous and boring. Neither my husband or me are really impressed by that. We are just casual people who like to have fun. So, when we got married, we decided to do things in a much more casual way, including renting a party bus in Ottawa for the festivities after the wedding ceremony.

We decided to get married next to a lake. My sister spent a lot of money to get married in a really fancy hotel. It cost her and her husband thousands of dollars. Continue reading →

A weekend for food lovers in Amsterdam

gzb ngdzThe city has worked hard in recent years to shake off its potatoes and pancakes reputation, and to unleash its inner chowhound. Cue the Michelin-starred Dutch tapas, Bloody Mary brunches and organic microbrews, all served with a dose of Amsterdam ingenuity and conviviality. Loosen the belt for an indulgent 48 hours in the Netherlands’ capital.

Saturday

Breakfast

Brunch is quite the thing ‘to do’, and the trendy neighbourhood of De Pijp is the place to do it. Take your pick: try vivacious Bakers & Roasters for banana nutbread French toast and spicy Bloody Marys; cool, blond-wood Scandinavian Embassy for salmon on Danish rye bread and excellent cold-brewed coffee; or art deco CT Coffee & Coconuts for buckwheat porridge and juices such as the Sweetie (a sweet potato, apple, pear and ginger combo).

Mid-morning

Stroll over to gaze and graze at the Albert Cupymarkt, also in De Pijp. Vendors from Indonesia, Suriname, Morocco and other countries hawk electronics, clothing and spices in the half-mile-long street bazaar, but you’re here for the Dutch snack

Skiing in Italy find your perfect resort

vcnhfzmItaly’s northern borders are delineated by an arc of majestic mountain peaks, including some of the tallest peaks in the Alps in the west and the spectacularly beautiful Dolomites in the east.

Winter here often means sun as well as snow, and ski resorts are less about athletic prowess, and more about getting reacquainted with nature, working up your appetite and enjoying mountain life.

Though Italian resorts can no longer be called a bargain, they still offer better value than elsewhere in the Alps. Whatever your budget you can count on outstanding food and wine, inspired by some fascinating cultural mixes: Aosta’s French-tinged traditions, the Tyrolean touch in Südtirol-Alto Adige and Slavic accents in Friuli. Children are welcome in even the chicest resort restaurants and kids’ activities and playgrounds are plentiful. For experienced powder hounds, Italy offers great heli-skiing and some excellent off-piste terrain.

Best off-piste: Courmayeur

The super-hardcore head to Alagna in Piedmont’s Monterosa ski area for off-piste action, but Aosta’s Courmayeur not only offers large patches of off-piste paradise but also challenging, if limited, piste skiing and one of the region’s most charming villages, full of slate-roofed houses,

Choosing the Right Travel Luggage

gjnhgkmysYou’re standing in the airport terminal, watching a line of luggage move toward you on the conveyer belt. You eye each bag carefully, searching for your own and dreading two distinct and disappointing outcomes: your bag could either appear dented and mauled with your underwear hanging out of a gaping tear, or, like a blind date gone horribly wrong, it could simply fail to show.

Choosing the right luggage can help prevent these minor tragedies, in addition to other inconveniences like peskybaggage fees for an oversized piece or the embarrassment of trying to squeeze your massive nylon duffel into the overhead compartment as impatient passengers struggle to get by. Pick the right carry-on and experience the freedom of traveling without checked bags — you won’t have to worry about lost luggage or extra fees if you can pack what you need in a good-sized carry-on. If you do check a bag, you’ll feel confident that it will remain intact if you select a sturdy, reliable brand.

Q. What are my options?
A. Most bags, from backpacks to larger luggage pieces, can be

The Key Elements of Great Cruises

What You Need to Know about Cruise Specials

There are families who have a hard time choosing what place to vacation in so that is why it would be more ideal for these people to choose cruise specials provided by travel companies. There are times when you simply need to have a vacation with your family and this would be the perfect way for you to do so. There are travel companies that can offer you this opportunity so there is basically nothing to worry about in the least.

A cruise is an amazing special offer that you should not let pass you by. If you are not happy with a particular deal then don’t choose because you have enough options to go around without having to worry about anything else. There are a lot of amazing websites out there that would provide you with everything you could ever need and more. You need to be a member of these companies in order to avail of their options so make sure you do so as soon as possible. You would be able to plan your vacation better when you follow the crucial steps that are involved. Make sure to do

Short Course on Options – Getting to Square 1

Ways to Effectively Find the Best Cruise Deals

When you are planning to go for a cruise, it is best that you make certain that you acquire the best cruise deal bargain that are offered. There are tons of ways when it comes to knowing how you could save tons of money for your first or next cruise when you have an idea about what you should do. It is in fact not that hard to learn the secrets that travel agents know if you are searching for the best cruise deal. It is actually possible to save more when you are doing your research from cruise consolidators or known commonly as cruise line brokers.

There’s actually a lot of sites which in fact offer clearance specials and also with last minute cruise deals. There are also cheaper but riskier cruise auctions and classifieds. Finding last minute cruise deals are actually not hard to locate because cruise lines actually wants to avoid leaving the port with empty cabins and also do efforts in order to fill them.

An important thing which you should be aware about is that the offers that you could actually find from some cruise

The Best Advice About Deals I’ve Ever Written

How To Go On A Cruise While Saving Money

There are so many people today that love cruising, some do this regularly especially if they are able to find a great deal for their next cruise. It is very wrong to think that cruising only wastes money because this is what many people believe. The reality about cruising is that it might sound a little extravagant but nothing cannot be equated with the experience of being in a cruise ship no matter how much money you have acquired in your life. A lot of people have a different strategy when it comes to cruising because they would always be on the look for the newest deals and discounts by cruise agencies and they would grab the chance to get lesser cost for their cruise. This article will be able to show you how these pros do it.

Where To Start Looking

In the past, it is difficult to get on the best cruise deals especially they are only for the few rich people but everything has changed as technology and modernization of our world began. Aside from that it has also become easier to find these travel agencies that offer

5 Key Takeaways on the Road to Dominating Vacations

How To Find The Best Cruise Deals

It is common for people to think that cruise vacations are for the rich. All inclusive cruise ship vacations are already available today. Everyone who wants to enjoy going to a cruise can now have the opportunity as cruise companies are making it available for everyone. In order for you to get the best cruise ship deal, juts follow these steps and for sure you will be off to your dream vacation.

The first tip is for you to know what cruise you want and you should be flexible. It is very important that you know where you want to go, the ship that you want, the dates and the price that you can afford. You will have a narrower option if you keep these things in mind.

The second tip is to plan ahead of time. The best time to travel is from January until March. It said that during these months, you can get the best deal offers from cruise ship company’s. Don’t lose hope if you were not able to book during the said months as last minute cancellation deals can still be possible.

Make it a habit to always

The Best Advice on Vacations I’ve found

Finding The Best of Cruise Deals by Doing Simple Things

The reputation of cruises is usually something that is known for those that have too much money to spend. Nowadays however, you will find that this is no longer something that can be considered to be true. Because the economy now is in a state of such unpredictability, businesses in line with cruises are doing everything they can to expand their market and because of this, more people can now afford to go on cruises. These steps will prove to be useful to you if you are someone who is looking for some of the best deals when it comes to cruising.

The choices when it comes to cruise is something that you will find to have a wide range and you can avail different kinds of cruise deals. You should know that some factors have to be taken into account first when you are looking for a cruise to go to such as the place of your destination and of course, your budget for the cruise. If you are looking to get the most out of your cruise deals, the most important thing you need to do is to