Turning the Page for Travel: Top 15 Travel Books For Jet Setters Not Jetting

We travel to connect. To escape. To discover. And while most of the world is grounded, wanderlust doesn’t require planes or passports and can be ignited by simply turning the page of a new novel. So, take a break from your digital screens and transport your imagination to a different time, a different place and a different story. Here’s a list of our top 15 travel books, compiled by Hilton team members. What’s on your bookshelf?

A room set with a large bookshelf
The Library at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Travel back in time to post-Russian revolution, when Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to a lifetime of house arrest in the luxurious Hotel Metropol in central Moscow. If you are missing a hotel stay, you’ll enjoy this charming novel (soon to be TV series), where the staff become the Count’s extended family as he views his changing nation and the world from the hotel lobby.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Take a journey to Santiago and meet an Andalusian shepherd boy traveling “in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.” From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere by Susan Orlean
Get to know the author of The Orchid Thief and a staff writer for The New Yorker, Susan Orlean as she shares her off-beat take on “travel writing” with this collection of nonfiction stories. As she explains it, “These certainly aren’t typical travel pieces — you will find no hotel or restaurant suggestions, that’s for sure — but in each one, I felt the sense of where the story unfolded was almost as important as the story itself.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Hike the Pacific Crest Trail with 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed who lost her mother, her family and her marriage and took on an unbelievable challenge in search of inspiration and adventure – and healing. The national bestseller depicts the journey, mentally and physically, of Strayed who risked it all and persevered against all odds.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
Indulge in the sensory pleasures of Italy, practice the daily devotions in India and appreciate the balance of “worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence” in Bali throughout the pages of this iconic novel. Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of how she left her seemingly perfect life to travel the world – and eventually meet herself.

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
Take in the Italian countryside with Frances Mayes as she embarks on the most rewarding adventure of her life, setting up a villa – and her new life – in Tuscany. Best enjoyed with a glass of your favorite Italian wine.

Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy by Kevin Kwan
From Singapore to Shanghai back to Singapore, experience Asia as an elite with this popular trilogy (and also Motion Picture). Meet main characters Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young who are navigating the complexities of mixing different cultures and families together in the hilarious and entertaining novels.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Travel back in time to enchanting Paris in the 1920s with Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley Richardson. Embrace the decade that is often referred to as Années folles (“crazy years”) and get immersed in how the golden couple navigated the free-loving and fast-living lifestyle of Jazz Age Paris while facing crisis and deception within their own marriage.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Get ready for some planetary travel as you follow along on astronaut Mark Watney’s mission to Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone on Mars with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. You will become enthralled by how Mark uses his ingenuity and steadfastness to try to overcome the most insurmountable obstacles.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Dive right into the endless blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean (life vest required) with Pi Patel, the 16-year-old son of a zookeeper. In an attempt to move to Canada, Pi and his father hitch a ride on a freighter and embark on an ill-fated voyage with their menagerie of animals. A harrowing shipwreck finds Pi adrift in the ocean with nothing but a wounded zebra, spotted hyena, seasick orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
Ever wondered what would happen if someone tried to recreate the original expedition to Machu Picchu? Well, you are about to find out! Un-adventurer Mark Adams set out to retrace the perilous path that explorer Hiram Bingam III took in 1911 to discover Machu Picchu. You are going to need a Pisco Sour on hand for this one.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series by Ann Brashares
Get ready to see some new sights and make some new friends in this heartwarming, coming-of-age tale about four inseparable girls who are about to embark on their own adventures for a summer. From the seaside cliffs of Santorini to the windy, sandy beaches of Baja California, a pair of magical thrift store pants keeps our heroines closely connected throughout their travels.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Get ready to travel back and forth in time and get immersed in the harrowing love story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian. Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder, which means periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time. Told from both their perspectives, witness the impact of time travel on Clare and Henry’s marriage and see how their passionate love continues to unfold.

Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman
Experience the sights and sounds of East Africa, via the narrative of Jeffrey Gettleman, a seasoned war correspondent who, for the last decade, has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times. As much as Jeffrey has a connection to Africa, he has also fallen in love with a criminal lawyer based in the United States – see how he embraces far-flung adventure, long-distance relationship woes parenthood and more while being torn between two very different parts of the world.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Because it’s never too early to inspire our next generation of travelers and travel companions, Dr. Seuss paints a bright picture of the future, reminding us all, “Somehow you’ll escape, all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright place where Boom Bands are playing…Oh, the places you’ll go!”

Top 6 Foodie Experiences in Melbourne

With nearly 2,500 restaurants and cafes within the city of Melbourne’s boundaries alone, there’s a mind-boggling amount of choices when it comes to satisfying those hunger pangs or seeking a gourmand night out in Melbourne.

Guests dining in at the Tipo 00 restaurant in Melbourne.

So, with all these options, where to start? I always enjoy tips from locals when I’m traveling, so as a local, I’ve put together six of my bucket list foodie experiences you must do in Melbourne. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a great start if you only have a short time to explore – happy eating!

The Perfect Pastry: A Lune Croissant – Lune
Be prepared to line-up to get your hands on one of these perfectly formed and shimmering little golden treasures. Created in a climate-controlled lab, Lune croissants are the brainchild of an ex-Formula 1 aerodynamicist. The result is an almost mathematically perfect, golden croissant, crisp on the outside, and moist and buttery on the inside. From sweet apricot or chocolate to ham and cheese, or just the traditional plain swirl, you won’t be disappointed.

Local tip: Get there early, as they are known to run out daily; be prepared to pay double digits.

Hidden Secret: Vegemite Curry – Sunda
Sunda is a relatively recent addition to the Melbourne dining scene. A blend of modern southeast Asian cuisine combined with native Australian ingredients. The hidden secret is the locally famous vegemite curry. Dense with flavor, ultra-smooth and creamy with hints of kaffir lime, curry oil and that iconic salty, yeasty vegemite backbone. It’s served as a dip with a swirl of hot, flaky, buttery roti.

Local tip: make an early booking as it’s a limited, off-menu item. Make sure to ask for it!

Drool-Worthy Italian: Three-Course Degustation – Tipo 00
Melbourne has a strong Italian heritage, so there are plenty of incredible restaurants to try, but my favorite is the subtly classy Tipo 00. The three-course degustation for two is a great value. You’ll share a selection of delicious entrees, pasta, and desserts – make sure they include the salty black, squid ink tagliolini. Grab a seat at the bar, watch the chefs in action, and trust your knowledgeable server’s recommendations on a wine match.

Local tip: Tipo can be booked months in advance, but if you are up for a very late lunch or very early dinner, you might be able to get in.

Go Native: Sharing Platter – Charcoal Lane
If you want to try authentic modern Australian native cuisine, head to Charcoal Lane. With a menu packed with unique and local Australian foods with flavors, I guarantee you’ve never tried something like it. The best way to start is to share the Chef’s Native Tasting Plate. It contains a delicious variety of native produce sourced from around Australia; your taste buds will be amazed by the explosion of new flavors, textures, and tastes.

Local tip: You’ll not only enjoy a memorable meal here, but as this is a social enterprise restaurant, you’re also supporting young Aboriginal people learn new skills and forge a career path.

One For the Veggies: Slow-Cooked Dahl – Daughter in Law
Welcome to the world of “unauthentic Australian Indian cuisine.” From modern takes on traditional street food to naan pizzas and rich curries, there’s plenty of mouth-watering dishes to delight any vegetarian (or meat-eater for that matter). But the absolute highlight is the rich and creamy, slow-cooked, black lentil dahl. “The Aunty Dahl” is no ordinary dahl. This little gem takes five days of soaking and simmering on the tandoor to produce the darkest, rich, and silky dahl you’ll ever experience.

Local tip: Don’t miss trying the “balls of happiness.” These are delicately crunchy on the outside and filled with a tangy blend of mint, tamarind, and yogurt liquor on the inside.

Once in a Lifetime: Degustation – Attica
A Melbourne restaurant that regularly features in the world’s top restaurants is worth the visit if you can get a reservation. By their own token, Attica loves “beautiful, rare, and unique ingredients.” Beyond the food, the entire Attica journey is an experience. From the sleek, dark, and elegantly sexy dining room with meticulously selected plateware and exceptional service, Attica is a delight for all the senses. With a focus on local and sustainably-sourced produce, native ingredients are heroes of each of the 15 courses you’ll enjoy on this antipodean culinary journey. Attica is a truly memorable dining experience.

Local tip: Although generally booked out months in advance, it’s worth joining the waiting list as vacancies do pop up from time to time.

Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Dallas

Dallas is a haven of opportunities for whatever activities your heart desires. Catch a professional sporting event with your choice of football, basketball, or hockey. Visit a world-class arts venue to take in a musical, opera, orchestra, or ballet. Dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants. While there are iconic (and sometimes pricey) experiences abundant throughout the metroplex, Dallas boasts several budget-friendly experiences year-round. Several special events are coming up this spring that will have you hitting the streets without breaking the bank. Are you looking for one-of-a-kind experiences? Look no more – explore Dallas!

Puptopia is coming on March 21 at Main Street Gardens. It’s an outdoor festival. It’s food and libations. It’s obstacle courses and main stage shows. It’s massages and a “sPAW.” It’s Coachella for dogs! If your pooch could legitimately file as the head of your household, Puptopia is for you! Tickets are only $25 each with discounted rates available for two-legged companions who want to spend the day with you and the Boss.

Welcome sign outside of the Texas Discovery Gardens featuring butterflies.

Flora Fest
Visit one of the hidden treasures at Fair Park. Flora Fest will take place at Texas Discovery Gardens on April 14. With tickets at $10 or less, Flora Fest is a winner for family and friends fun! There will be critters, yoga, crafts, and more. Wander through the three gardens soaking up the sun and beautiful views. Watch butterflies feasting on the fruit bowls or simply sit and wait for them to land on you. You may also purchase a butterfly release for an additional fee and name your wishes as you release them towards the heavens.

Entrance to the Dallas Farmers Market.

Taco Libre
What could be more “Dallas” than delicious food? How about Taco Libre 2020! Though VIP tickets are available, tickets start at $17 ($10 for children 6-12) for seven hours of family-friendly entertainment on April 25 at The Shed at the Dallas Farmer’s Market! Cheer on (or discover!) your favorite luchador in the ring and stick around for some of the music offerings, but don’t miss out on the most important part of the day! From traditional to contemporary interpretations, twenty-eight of the best taquerías in the region will be onsite, each with a $2 taco. Bring an extra belt (or maybe just wear your stretchy pants), because you don’t want to miss this!

Food trucks lined along at sidewalk at Klyde Warren Park.

Klyde Warren Park
Still looking for an event that promises tons of fun without breaking the bank? With nearly daily activities featuring Zumba, yoga, and fitness classes, children’s activities, stories, music, and rotating food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster and Nammi, a visit to Klyde Warren Park on Woodall Rogers is fun at any time. However, keep an eye on the website because there are free events scheduled year-round that will put a smile on the tightest budget. The 2020 Summer Movie Series opens this Saturday night and is free for all, but if you need more time to plan, don’t miss out on the free and non-ticketed Memorial Day Music Fest. VIP tickets will be available, but entertainment, face painting, and the famous Dallas food trucks will be there.

Where to Stay
Each of these events will leave you happy and worn out. Where to take the afterglow in the city? There are Hilton options available close by each event. When all six feet are worn out after the day at Puptopia, The Statler Dallas (a Curio Collection by Hilton) is located just across the street from Main Street Gardens. Book early and let them know that you’re bringing your best friend! Some restrictions apply to Fifi/Diablo, and a deposit is required, but you’ll both be spoiled! Can’t get enough and want to come back again? The Statler Dallas is only two miles away from Texas Discovery Gardens and a half-mile from the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

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Foodie Finds in Denver

If you are visiting Denver, you must check out the local food scene. These restaurants feature chef-driven concepts in hip neighborhoods. Whether you are looking for craft-cocktails, locally-brewed beer, or locally-inspired dishes, there is a little bit of everything here in Denver. Check out some of my top bites and drinks you don’t want to miss out on.

Display of veggies and meat at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery

Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
Just a short drive south of Downtown Denver in Littleton, Colorado, the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery is the hip place to visit. This restaurant is spacious, featuring a beer garden and rustic dining room and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains on the back porch. The menu truly embodies local, fresh Colorado flavors, plus they have all their beers on tap. They also offer free tours of the brewery, and you will want to check out how their beer is made. My personal favorite is meat and cheese board. The flavors are awesome; it’s fun to pair them with the different beers, and there is enough to share! The Farm House partners with local vendors making it truly farm to table

Plate with authentic Mexican food at El Jefe

El Jefe
Who doesn’t like tacos? El Jefe is the place to be for delicious yet affordable Mexican food. This fun little Mexican restaurant in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Denver truly has something for everyone. The menu rotates with the seasons, and there is always something new to try. One other cool fact is that the tortillas are homemade daily, and you can tell the difference. Don’t overlook El Jefe for brunch on the weekends, as their Breakfast Tacos are just as good as their dinner tacos. I love the Chicken Brunch Tacos; they are the perfect balance of spice and flavor. The best day to visit is, of course, Taco Tuesday, which features four different $1 tacos!

View of desserts a the D Bar restaurant in Denver

D Bar
If you have a sweet tooth, D Bar is the restaurant for you. Located in uptown Denver, D bar is Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard’s restaurant. His team brings seasonal dishes and specializes in craft drinks and creative desserts. The ‘D’ in D Bar stands for drinks, dining, and dessert, and the experience does not disappoint. Ask to sit at the dessert bar to watch the chefs work their magic. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and I always love the Cake and Shake option.

View of glass ciders at the Stem Ciders in River North

Stem Ciders
If beer is not your thing and you are more of a cider person, Stem Ciders in River North is a cute little shop making delicious fresh ciders daily. They are local to Lafayette, Colorado, but opened this Tap House in 2014. The craft cidery has unique flavors and styles, and they always have seasonal options to try. Be sure to order a flight so you can explore everything that Stem has to offer, but they also sell cans so you can take some home!

When thinking about all the local restaurants and bars in Denver, there are just too many good ones to try out. I could go on and on about different places to try. These four make the list for something unique and not on the typical “best places to eat” list.

Know Before You Go:

  • If you are staying downtown, many restaurants are within walking distances! Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and avoid the parking hassle.
  • Don’t be afraid to explore. There are so many local restaurant groups that feature amazing restaurants. Check out local places!
  • If you are traveling at the end of February, Denver Restaurant Week is a great way to explore different offerings at an affordable price. Denver Restaurant Week happens yearly either the last week of February or the First week of March.
  • Staying at a Hilton Hotel? Be sure to have a meal at their restaurant. Some of my favorite restaurants are inside the Hilton Hotels. Knife & Board, The Corner Office, Amberstone Bar & Grill, and Prospects to name a few.

Best Food to Taste in Mexico City

Mexico City, or recently renamed CDMX, is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and is well known for its ancient history that mix modernity and heritage. The city has become one of the trendiest and cosmopolitan spots to visit in the last decade.

Picture of a golden skull displayed in downtown Mexico City.

Considered the oldest capital city in the Americas, it was built on an island of Lake of Texcoco back in 1325. It has preserved its magic and authenticity in conjunction with the Spanish colony influence, creating a unique culture full of options to discover.

Picture of sweet Concha bread being served at the El Cardenal restaurant.

Let’s begin the day with a traditional Mexican breakfast at El Cardenal. Visit one of the five locations in Mexico City and make sure to book a table in advance; Sundays can be very busy, especially in the restaurants located downtown. Don’t miss the famous Concha con Nata, a sweet bread filled with homemade creamy butterfat or “nata,” while you dunk it in hot chocolate prepared at your table. Also, try the scrambled eggs covered with a hot red sauce that was ground in a stone mortar, just like you will find it in small pueblitos around CDMX.

The interior of the Cocuyos restaurant

After breakfast, take a walk downtown to visit the Zocalo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Templo Mayor, hulking stone ruins that once marked a centerpiece of ancient Capital Aztec. You will have time for a bite or “antojito,” and at this point, you should now know that everything in Mexican cuisine is about corn and tortilla. For lunch, choose between two of my favorite places for tacos in CDMX; the first one Tacos de Canasta Los Especiales, just a block away from Zocalo on Madero Pedestrian Street. There you can get delicious steamed tacos filled with beans, potatoes, and spicy shredded beef or salsa verde pork rind for only $0.50 each. The second option is Los Cocuyos; here, you can enjoy the real street taco experience for just $0.75 each. Try the Suadero and Maciza “con todo” (with chopped coriander, onion, and spicy red sauce), and don’t forget to add some lemon juice drops to your tacos.

Lunch with Locals
Chilangos (Demonym for CDMX citizens) have lunchtime after 2 PM, and if you want to meet with locals and other tourists from around the world in one of the best well-known restaurants in downtown, then you are ready to have “La Comida” at Azul Histórico. This open-air restaurant located in an XXVII Century building offers a variety of traditional Mexican food from all around the states and corners of the country, served with contemporary touches. Lunch is always better with margaritas, so indulge yourself with a Tamarindo or Cucumber Margarita, and don’t forget to taste Panuchos, a regional plate from Yucatan Peninsula made with Cochinita Pibil and accompanied with spicy roasted habanero sauce. If you feel adventurous, go to the first level of the building for Mezcal Madrecuixe at La Botica; try the perfect pairing with slices of fresh orange and sal de gusano (agave worm salt), a spicy, smoky condiment essential when drinking mezcal.

Early morning image of the sunrise in downtown Mexico City.

Last but not Least
Immerse yourself in the heart of Coyocan, a popular southern neighborhood of the city known for Frida Kahlo’s emblematic house. Here you can get an overview of the rich culinary heritage by visiting the Local Food Market; the golden rule is to taste the flavorful Pozole Rojo, a pre-Hispanic stew with pork and hominy kernels that is popular within Mexican families on special celebrations.

Small cart serving churros and ice cream at the Porfirio restaurant in Mexico City.

If you have time to visit other neighborhoods of CDMX, take the Turibus to Polanco, an upscale and community, famed for its luxury stores and nightlife, that gives you another great foodie selection with Porfirio’s Restaurant. The showbiz is in the presentation; as an example, churros and ice cream are served in a miniature model of a churro cart. You don’t want to miss this experience!

Three Hikes Around Europe

Are you a fan of outdoor activities? Do you enjoy walking in nature and reaching heights to enjoy the view from the top? If so, keep reading, and I will guide you through my top three hikes around Europe.

Scenic view from a hiking trail on Mount Bolettone.

Monte Bolettone, Italy
Located in the northern Italian region called Lombardy, the Monte Bolettone (also called Bollettone) is a mountain in the Como Prealps. 1,317 meters above the sea level, this mountain is easily visible from the city of Milan due to a row of fir trees that start from the top down to the valley. To get to the hiking route, you need to rent a car. You can organize a day trip there easily from Milan, Como, Turin, Genova, Novara, Parma, or Aosta, which are all one to two hours away by car. Travel to Albavilla, and from there, head to Alpe dei Viceré. Here, you can park your car (for free on weekdays only) and start your trekking route.

Hiking trail sign along the Monte Bolettone trail.

You can reach the mountaintop in two different ways. For the first, hike for about an hour to the first shelter, Capanna Mara (m 1,150); from here, you will have to walk for another 40 minutes until approaching the peak. The alternative option is a more direct way that reaches the Bolettone shelter (m 1,320), quicker, but it’s a bit more difficult (you can walk either in the woods or on the road). However, this hike is not necessarily hard itself.

View of Como Lake from the top of Mount Bolettone.

After you clear the woods, the landscape displays a vast quantity of mountains and little villages. Once at the top, admire Lake Como that sinuously shapes the view. Enjoy the silence for a while, and reward yourself by grabbing something at one of the two shelters mentioned on your way back down.

View of a lake at the peak of Nuuksio.

Nuuksio National Park, Finland
If you are spending some time in Helsinki, Turku, Espoo, or Tampere, you cannot miss this hike. Nuuksio is one of Finland’s 40 national parks; established in 1994, it is easily accessible from the Finnish capital by public transportation.

A sign giving directions along the Nuuksio hiking route.

Once you are there, you have many different routes, fitting for a variety of hikers. The trails go from 1.5km to 110km for those who also want to camp there. My first stop was the NaturaViva shelter. Try their Cinnamon Rolls; they have the best ones I have ever tried! Once your stomach is ready, explore the different activities they offer from canoe tours and stand-up paddling to biking excursions.

View of trees along Nuuksio Hawk Lake in the Nuuksio National Park.

I recommend a canoe tour around the Nuuksio Hawk Lake. Paddle to the other side of the lake, tie your canoe and get off. Once there, take a short hike to reach the top of some rocks and enjoy the beauty of the park. If you do not know already, Finland does not have any mountains, only hills. However, the views from its highest peaks are breathtaking. After returning the canoe to the shelter, you will find yourself in a large area where different routes start; pick the one that best suits you (and your time at disposal) and start your journey.

Woman holding berries in her hand at Nuuksio National Park.

You will find many places where you can barbecue or picnic; I recommend bringing some food and stop for a break, as these areas are relaxing and beautiful. You can also pick berries and mushrooms in Nuuksio, as well go bird watching; there are so many activities that you could spend more than a day exploring here!

View from the top of Miraflores de la Sierra.

Parque Regional Cuenca Alta Manzanares, Spain
Usually, Spain brings to mind the sea, local fiestas, and flamenco, but this country has amazing trekking routes for the avid hikers as well. Situated exactly in the middle of the country, the Parque Regional Cuenca Alta Manzanares is an ecologically preserved area in the northern area of Madrid; the easiest way to reach it would be by car or by bus from the station in Plaza de Castilla (Madrid) to the closest town, Manzanares el Real.

Many hiking routes start from the town; take a look at this website to pick the one you prefer. From Manzanares el Real in the winter, you can cross the snow-covered Cuerda Larga, from the Mirador de la Buitrera and the Hueco de San Blas.

Trees lined along a hiking route near Miraflores de la Sierra.

On our route, we walked past small waterfalls and through a tranquil oak forest until we arrived at a herd of bulls; be sure not to get too close, even if they are in quiet groups. Once at the top, we started our descent to Miraflores de la Sierra, where we ended up with an amazing caña (a small beer) at the Taberna La Insula.

These are only three of the many hiking routes you will find around Europe. Many of them are not too far away from main cities/capitals, so make sure to mix nature into your next European escape!

Discover Unique Food at the Rodeo in Houston

Did you ever dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl when you were a kid? You can bring those dreams to life in Houston each spring at the Rodeo! You don’t have to ride a horse or even wear boots to enjoy rodeo food like a local, so grab your phone and loosen your belt buckle – it’s time to dive into delicious food at the Rodeo in Houston!

Rodeos bring to mind cowboys and cowgirls, horses and mutton bustin’, but what about rodeo food? If you think rodeo food is only barbecue, it’s time to explore the other unique foods you can find at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Last year, over 25.5 million fans attended the event at NRG Park, making it the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. This year’s event, running from March 3 through March 22, 2020, is expected to be even bigger, with many new food options to try.

NRG stadium parking lot at night.

The rodeo food fun starts Thursday, February 27, with the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The first of more than 20 days of entertainment and food, the cook-off showcases some of the best barbecue in the country.

You’ll find the standard fare of Texas barbecue chicken, pork, ribs, and sausage, plus steak and brisket dinners, turkey legs, burgers, and giant pretzels dripping with cheese. And food on a stick. Always a rodeo favorite, food on a stick offers the dining convenience of coming with its own handle – no more messy fingers! You’ll find chicken or sausage on a stick at the top of many menus. Or try a new a twist on potatoes (a literal twist), that is, of course, on a stick. Twisted potatoes on a stick, or twisted potatoes and hot dog on a stick are among the new food items for this year. But Houston’s rodeo food isn’t just great barbecue; there’s so much more to explore!

Rodeo Carnival at night with a Ferris Wheel in the background.

Carnival Food
Visitors to the Rodeo Carnival, in the parking lot of NRG Park, can enjoy the usual carnival foods of turkey legs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cinnamon rolls, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, and caramel candy apples. Last year 3,400 corn dogs, 47,480 tamales, 38,000 cinnamon rolls, and more than 8,000 funnel cakes were consumed. And 122 slices of bug pizza. Yes, bug pizza, complete with worms and scorpions.

Deep-Fried Everything
Rodeo food is not like anything else. It’s fun food. Food you want to snap pics of and be seen with. Take the deep-fried, ice-cream-stuffed cupcake. You’ll want to snap a shareable pic before you bite into this fried confection, so your friends will believe deep-fried, ice-cream-stuffed cupcakes are really a thing.

Rodeo foods are proof that just about anything can be eaten deep-fried. Deep-fried Oreos, Twinkies, Moon Pies, red velvet cake, ice cream-stuffed cupcakes, cheesecake, or deep-fried apple, pumpkin, key lime, pecan and chocolate pie, plus deep-fried strawberry shortcake, brownies, cookie dough, and bread pudding are just a sampling of the deep-fried treats you’ll find at the rodeo. New for this year are the black gold truffles — sweet deep-fried chocolate truffles served with whipped topping, hot fudge sauce and a cherry on top are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

If you’re craving something savory but still from the deep-fried foods family, you can also find deep-fried pickles, nachos, boudin, and zucchini, plus almost any fried fruit or vegetable you can imagine. If deep-fried veggies aren’t your thing, try the fresh corn. On the cob, in a cup, or spicy-seasoned with cheese, it’s all good.

Spicy Foods
Are you looking for something spicy but not deep-fried? Cheetos cheese pickles should fit the bill. A bed of sliced pickles is topped with Flaming Hot Cheetos, then topped again with melty cheese. If that’s not enough flaming hot cheesy goodness for you, you can also find Flaming Hot Cheetos corn dogs and Flaming Hot Cheetos fries.

The Houston Skyline during the day.

New Items
Check out the mac and cheese egg rolls that are also new this year. Picture a golden-brown flaky deep-fried egg roll, then picture it stuffed full of macaroni and cheese. If that’s not rich enough yet, did I mention it also has bacon?

Into the new trend of nitro-infused foods? Don’t miss the nitro pop, nitro sour bombs, nitro Dole Whip bars, and nitro slushies. Make sure you order the unicorn breath cotton candy balls, it’s a social media must-share treat!

Cowboy performers during the Houston Rodeo.

Other Food Events
Not all rodeo food centers on deep-fried and on-a-stick delicacies. Other rodeo-related food events in Houston include wine tastings at the Champion Wine Garden, featuring award-winning wines from the Rodeo Uncorked international wine competition, and the Vegan Rodeo Weekend featuring vegan barbecue.

Ride all of the carnival rides first, then dine your way through the food tents before heading over to see the Livestock Show. Browse through the wares of more than 300 vendors selling everything from western boots to cowboy hats. You’ll also want to get some candy to munch on later in the evening, so take a stroll down memory lane through the 2,000 square feet of candy maze aisles of the World’s Largest Traveling Candy Store, selling old-fashioned candies you’ll remember from your childhood.

If you haven’t eaten enough yet and feel like taking on the challenge of trying all eight Gold Buckle Foodie award-winning creations, there’s a prize in it for you; make sure you stop by the Social Station at NRG Center for more details before you dive in. And when it’s time for the day’s rodeo competition and musical entertainment to begin, if you’re still hungry, there’s much more food inside!

Houston locals know that the best way to end a fun-filled, food-filled Rodeo visit is…filled! Try it yourself; you won’t go home hungry.

How to Spend 24 Hours in Brussels

Fluffy waffles, quirky sights, world-class fries, grand squares, artisan beer, quaint cobblestone streets, funky street art, museums galore, and the pièce de résistance: the world’s best chocolate! Twenty-four hours in Belgium’s compact multicultural capital will enchant you and leave your taste buds begging for more.

A view from the Mont des Arts

Kick-off your day with a breathtaking view from the Mont des Arts, overlooking museums, gardens, and even the spire of City Hall in the distance.

For those who prefer guided tours, consider New Europe’s Sandeman’s top-rated free tour (remember to tip your guide!). While we did not take one this trip, we have enjoyed Sandeman’s tours in other countries.

Choose your adventure this morning. Music aficionados should check out the Art Nouveau Musical Instruments Museum with over 7,000 instruments. For those who adore blue Smurfs and red-headed Tintin, follow the Comic Book Route or head to the Belgian Comic Strip Center. Political junkies can tour the European Parliament. Surrealist art lovers should drop by the Magritte Museum. With over 100 museums, your crew is sure to find something that sparks their interest.

Night view of Grand-Place with lights illuminating the walls

If you’re self-proclaimed foodies like us, consider a “traveling lunch,” sampling Belgian delights en route to some must-visit sights.

Start at the heart of the city at the architecturally-stunning Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a 360-degree spin around this beautiful square surrounded by elaborate guildhalls, the City Hall, and the Brussels City Museum. Perhaps your visit will coincide with one of many Grand-Place festivals, including a flower carpet of over 500,000 begonias or the Christmas Sound and Light show (a highlight for us!). Check out this same square illuminated at night!

A waffle dessert with whipped cream at Maison Dandoy

A few steps away, you’ll find the famed Maison Dandoy which has been making waffles since 1829. We compared waffles styles: the caramelized buttered sweet Liege style versus the fluffy Brussels style (our favorite!). Your hardest decision of the day will be selecting among delectable toppings such as whipped cream, strawberries, hot chocolate sauce, and other sweets.

Next, pass the ornate La Bourse (The Stock Exchange) heading to Friterie Tabora’s. No question what to order here: cornet of crispy fresh-cut fries smothered in their kickin’ house sauce.

Chocolate desserts behind a display case at Neuhaus

As you window shop through the luxurious Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert arcade, pop into some high-end artisan chocolatiers, such as Neuhaus and Mary (if you’re lucky, you may even score some free samples!).

View of the Mannekin-Pis fountain

It’s time for an up-close and personal visit with Brussels’ most famous son, the one and only, Mannekin-Pis. Depending on the day, this diminutive bronze dude may be “au natural” or decked out in one of his hundreds of costumes. A few steps from the city’s mascot, you will find Elisabeth, a welcoming chocolate boutique known for collaborating with Belgian artisans.

The interior of the luxurious Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

With satiated bellies, we hopped a metro to Mini-Europe. This kitschy family-friendly attraction boasts over 350 models at a 1:25 scale, highlighting famous European landmarks with great photo-ops! (We even fooled our relatives into thinking we took a detour to Paris by sending a picture in front of the “Eiffel Tower”!).

View at the base of the Atomium structure in Brussels

Next to Mini-Europe, look up to see Brussels most visited monument, the Atomium. The Atomium’s nine gleaming spheres represent an iron crystal magnified a whopping 165 billion times. There is so much more to this futuristic-looking iconic architecture than meets the eye! Left standing after the ‘58 Expo, this symbol of Belgium includes an engaging museum explaining the Atomium’s unique history, a rotating special exhibit, and spectacular views. You will delight in navigating the other-worldly tubes and spheres. We timed our visit, so we toured the Atomium in daylight, reached the lookout at sunset, and then exited seeing it brilliantly lit up at night – it’s magical!

Scallops meal at the Sentro Lounge & Bar

After a jam-packed day, it’s time to relax and refuel! Grab a table with a beautiful view at the centrally-located Sentro Lounge & Bar in the modern Hilton Brussels Grand Place Hotel. Our dishes from Head Chef Vincent Masson’s kitchen were a creative blend of European cuisines. Highlights of our meal included perfectly grilled scallops with risotto and monkfish accompanied by seasonal Belgian produce. Sentro also serves artisanal locally-raised cuts of meat. Save room for their delectable dessert menu!

View of local street art in downtown Brussels

With over 200 breweries, this city takes its beer culture seriously! Brussels’ history of brewing beer dates to the Middle Ages, and its beer culture is even on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. We checked out the mind-blowing menu of over 2,000 beers at Delirium Village.

Lobby view of the Hilton Brussels Grand Palace Hotel

The luxurious Hilton Brussels Grand Place Hotel is a welcoming oasis in the middle of this bustling city. Hilton Brussels is the perfect base for your vacation. You can walk everywhere or simply hop on the metro, as it’s steps away at the train station. This elegant Hilton has spacious family suites with one-and-a-half bathrooms (a rare find among European hotels). We enjoyed our time spent in the executive lounge and taking a breather in the airy lobby. This Hilton boasts a bountiful breakfast buffet, a 24-hour fitness center, a Godiva Café Chocolat, and a helpful staff.

Lisa’s family was provided with discounted and/or complimentary tours, a hotel stay, and one meal so that she could review them for your information. Lisa chose the above tours and restaurants based on solid reviews.

Enjoy a Relaxing Vacation in Finland

Did you know that the largest archipelago in the world is in Finland? The most famous one is the Åland, an independent province of 6,500 islands in the south of the country, but many people (like me before this trip) do not know that Finland has more than 150,000 islands. If you fancy a trip that includes outdoor activities, museums, architecture, and wellness experiences, then Finland is the place for you.

The best time to visit Finland is in the summer, especially the month of July when the weather is mild and the Musiikin Aika (Time of Music Festival) takes place at the beginning of the month in Viitassaari (central Finland). On the other hand, if you want to see the Northern Lights and visit Lapland’s Santa Claus village, the best month to visit would be November. If you plan to visit different regions, you should rent a car that can also board on ferries to visit the archipelagos.

Wear comfy shoes and start the tour of the beautiful Finnish capital; visit the Temppeliaukion Kirkko (the Church in the Rock), an awe-inspiring construction excavated in solid rock that became one of the main attractions of the city. The entrance costs €3 and you can purchase your tickets online here.

After this, keep walking until the Kampin Kappeli (The Chapel of Silence), a place of quiet and rest in the heart of Helsinki. The chapel is made from three different types of wood that completely block noise from the outside. Entrance is free, and if you’d like, you can speak privately with both the employees of the Church and of the Social Service Department staff who are there to give support and listen anonymously.

Keep walking in town and visit the Helsinki Cathedral, the Uspensi Cathedral, and the Esplanadi Park until arriving at the Market Square, where you can enjoy local food stands with fresh fish, berries, and vegetables.

In the afternoon, visit the Design Museum (entrance is €12 for adults and €6 for students) and walk around the Design District where you can find rare handcrafted pieces and local design boutiques. End the day with the traditional Finnish Sauna experience. I suggest Löyly Sauna, an urban oasis on the Baltic sea, or Sompasauna, an open-air complex with saunas and music that was built by locals and is now managed by the municipality.

Eat at Lappi Ravintola, a restaurant from the Lapland region, and try the Reindeer or the Salmon (not adapt for vegetarian/vegan people).

Jump on the ferry to visit Suomenlinna, the Sea Fortress of Helsinki, built on an archipelago of six islands in front of the capital. Walk around its streets and enjoy the breathless landscape of millions of rocks where people have picnics in summer.

Once back in Helsinki, try the cinnamon rolls and a coffee at Johan & Nyström. Take the time to visit Seurasaari, another island of Helsinki known for its open-air museum. Book a table at the Zetor Restaurant and try out the fantastic creamy salmon soup with one of the many ciders they offer.

Now it is time for outdoor activities! Enjoy a day at the Nuuksio National Park; busses take you there, and there are various hiking routes you can take. Book a canoe tour at the entrance of the park, where experts will advise the best one depending on how much time you have and the canoe you prefer. On your day out, you can bring food with you and have a barbecue in one of the many fireplaces you will find in the park. Natura Viva also offers different canoe tours around Helsinki that you can join if you have free time.

Another option, if you have the time, would be visiting Porvoo, a lovely town one hour from Helsinki and the second oldest town in Finland that has been of inspiration for many artists. Once there, sit down at the Helmi Cafè, and try the traditional Runeberg cake before heading to the Cathedral.

From Porvoo, you can also spend a night on the Pellinge archipelago, which is another group of islands where you can kayak, barbecue, or fish. Have a ferry tour at sunset, buy local beers, and finish the day with relaxing sauna – you will feel so regenerated afterward!

If you have time, there are other great activities to do in the area, such as picking berries and mushrooms, birdwatching, bear-watching, bike tours, or walking tours. Helsinki offers many cool events and great restaurants. If you’re traveling to Finland, there are plenty of exciting things to do!

7 Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park

Over the years, my wife and I have taken our two kids to Yosemite National Park more than any other park over the years. As much as I love city life and seeing new cities around the world, I am continually drawn to the natural beauty of our National Parks. Yosemite is no exception to this, and its awe-inducing beauty is one of the many reasons we continue to return.

Here are seven tips for planning a great trip to Yosemite National Park.

  1. America the Beautiful Pass

The cost of entering Yosemite is $35, which is good for seven days. If you plan to visit four National Parks in a calendar year, it’s worth buying this pass for $80. You can buy it in person at any National Park or online at Federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, Ext. 3, or online. I bought my mom a lifetime senior pass for the same price of $80.

  1. Free Admission Days

Every year, there are about ten Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. If you want to avoid the crowd, it’s better to pick a different day. We’ve gone to Muir Woods National Park closer to home these days with other options in nearby San Francisco in case it gets too crowded.

  1. When to Visit

Yosemite is most accessible during the summer months, but it’s also when it’s most visited. For the rest of the year, the main concern is snow. The valley is open year-round, but Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are closed from mid-November to May or early June. Check out Road Conditions to find out what roads are open and when they will open. We have gone in March, April, and May. It’s still a bit chilly, but the crowds are considerably smaller. Most likely, you will visit during the summer. Plan as early ahead as possible. Staying in the valley during the summer months requires early booking.

  1. Lodging

There are several options in the valley with the National Park Service. There are 13 campgrounds within the park. For mid-range stays, consider the canvas tent cabins at Half Dome Village. These have easy access to dining options and shuttle service around the valley. You can stay outside of Yosemite in the city of Merced at Hampton Inn and Suites Merced or in Fresno and take YARTS to any of the many stops inside Yosemite National Park

  1. Transportation In and Out of the Valley

The drive into Yosemite is as spectacular as any national park. The summer months, however, are the most popular. Traffic and parking can be an issue. The National Park Service offers excellent transportation options not only in the park but to Yosemite. You can take a for-fee shuttle bus called YARTS into Yosemite, and easily get around the valley with the free shuttle service.

  1. Hikes

We love Yosemite for hiking. There is a hike for every age group. Whether you are staying in the valley or driving in, you can take the free shuttle to the different starting points. We love the three-mile round trip hike on The Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. It is a moderately challenging hike and requires two to three hours, depending on your pace. Bring some rain gear because you will get wet hiking up the falls. Take the free shuttle to the trailhead near Happy Isles. For those who want more than Vernal Falls, you can continue further up to Nevada Falls. This hike is seven miles both ways. For the adventurous, Half Dome is a full day, 14-mile hike on The Mist Trail which now requires a permit.

  1. Dining Options

Whether you are camping or staying in a lodge, there are plenty of options. Campers who want to take a break from cooking can drive ten minutes and eat at a restaurant. There is also a grocery store to stock up on food. Our family has had dinner twice on Easter Sunday at The Ahwahnee Dining Room. Set in a large, open, and rustic space, this restaurant serves up contemporary dishes. We’ve enjoyed our special occasion dinner there multiple times, and it also has a great children’s menu. For a mid-range option, try the dining options at Half Dome Village. There is something for everyone at the Pizza Deck, Meadow Grill, or the Half Dome Village Pavilion.

Yosemite Conservancy: While traveling to major cities around the world, I’ve come to appreciate our city’s green spaces and our country’s national parks. They are unique places that remind us of our responsibility to take care of our environment and world. While it’s not likely we can completely eliminate carbon emissions, we can reduce our footprint. National Parks remind us that the air can be cleaner. Animals can thrive in natural habitats, and people can share space without destroying the environment. Consider donating to the Yosemite Conservancy and other efforts to educate and preserve our National Parks here.

Spend a Weekend in Portugal on a Budget

Portugal is a wonderful country with many places to visit, eat, and stay for a weekend on a budget, especially in Porto and Matosinhos. Portuguese is a beautiful language, and luckily, for Americans traveling in Portugal, many also speak English.

Matosinhos has a great beach, and it is worth staying nearby. If you are booking in the winter season, rooms are a bit more inexpensive. If you’re visiting during the summer, plan early for the best rates.

Things to Do in Matosinhos
Castelo Do Queijo, “Castle of the Cheese,” is worth checking out. This beautiful castle is a popular destination for taking pictures near the sea or taking a bike tour around the beach.

Mercado Municipal de Matosinhos is a farmer’s market to explore for fresh fruits and vegetables. Go early in the morning to see the action.

Food in Matosinhos
The espresso is delicious, and it’s also inexpensive. An excellent place to have a coffee, espresso, or small appetizers is Vagas Bar. There are also many great bakeries and pastries around the Matosinhos area. Visit Trigueirinha for a small pastry.

For seafood, Marisqueria Majara is delicious. Rodizio Gauchos Restaurant is also a fun place to eat. Come with a big appetite! You can choose from 17 different types of meat while live music plays from their grand piano in the restaurant.

If you need a late dessert, check out some unique ice cream dishes or gelato at K Rico Lombo.

Porto, Portugal has many wonderful shops for souvenirs to take back home, restaurants with excellent food, and sidewalk cafes for an espresso. In all the excitement, do not forget to enjoy all the architecture of the buildings throughout the city.

There are many hotel options in Porto. Like in Matosinhos, hotel rooms are more affordable during the winter than in the summer.

Transportation in Porto
The Sao Bento Railway Station was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the site of the Sao Bento de Ave-Maria Convent. When you arrive at the station, you will be in awe of the 20,000 tiles of artwork on the walls.

At the end of the 19th century, trams were the main link for traveling between Porto and its suburbs. Today, many tourists travel on the tram throughout the city for a small fee.

For traveling around Portugal, utilize the Portuguese Railway. You can also travel outside of Portugal to main cities such as Madrid, Spain or Paris, France.

Things to Do in Porto
Rabelo Boats are the traditional Portuguese boats that were used for transporting barrels of wine from the inland vineyards down the River Douro to the storehouses of Porto. Take a tour on a Rabelo boat through the Douro River to see where the wine was made; it’s about a one-hour ride.

Get your comfortable shoes on to visit Clerigos Tower, the main Porto icon. The tower was built between 1754 and 1763. Visiting the Clerigos Tower and museum is about 6 Euros. The tour takes about 2 hours and involves a lot of walking.

If you are a book lover, you need to check out Livraria Lello. This fantastic bookstore has been open since 1906, and you can purchase an entry ticket online for around 5 Euros.

Food in Porto
Visit Nata Lisboa for a tart, small pastry, or even a sandwich. Food in Porto commonly has fresh olives, yummy Atlantic fish, and delicious fresh cheese from nearby farms. French Fries are standard fare with every meal. A Bolina restaurant offers an amazing view of the bridge. I recommend ordering the codfish salad for only 5 Euros.

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, and it is full of quaint cities, nature, passionate people, and delicacies. You will fall in love with this country and want to come back each year.

Discover Toronto’s Central Neighborhoods

Canada’s largest city is a lively metropolis packed with parks, museums, restaurants, and much more. Sometimes overlooked, Toronto has become a cultural and social hub that rivals that of cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston, and it should be on every traveler’s must-visit destinations.

Toronto has many neighborhoods packed in the downtown area of the city. They are all unique and diverse, and they are all worth spending the time to explore. However, any first-time visitor to the city needs to start from the center and work their way out. Three areas form the main center of the city and hold some of the most popular attractions that Toronto has to offer: Downtown Yonge, Old Toronto, and the Entertainment District.

Downtown Yonge
The 3D Toronto Sign located in front of the Toronto City Hall in Nathan Phillips Square marks the center of the city and provides memorable pictures to start your exploration. The best time to visit is dusk when the sign lights up. The square often hosts many festivals and activities, so there is always something fun to see. On the other side of the Square is the Old City Hall building which is a beautiful nineteenth-century Romanesque structure used today as a courthouse. Adjacent to the City Hall complex is the Downtown Yonge area. The area is full of theaters, restaurants, stores, and the impressive Yonge Dundas Square anchors it. The square resembles Times Square in New York, covered with numerous large screens displaying advertisements for the nearby stores. If you are looking to do some shopping, there is no better place than the iconic CF Toronto Eaton Center. This urban mall has many upscale brands and is famous for its large glass ceiling.

Old Toronto
Taking Yonge Street south from Eaton Center will lead you straight into the heart of Old Toronto. While the area is still modern, you will notice many more historical buildings than in other central areas. For sports-lovers visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame and seeing the Stanley Cup in person is a must. A short walk from the museum is Berczy Park. The park is surrounded by numerous gorgeous nineteenth-century buildings and is famous for its Dog Fountain and the Trompe L’oeil Mural on the historic Gooderham Building overlooking the park. Down the street from the park is the iconic St. Lawrence Market. The market has stood and thrived since the early 1800s, and today is the anchor for the neighborhood. Vendors sell many farm-to-table products while cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops offer great options for lunch.

Entertainment District
For spectacular views and memorable experiences, find your way to the Entertainment District and Harbourfront. Sometimes popular attractions are crowded and not worth the wait. That can’t be said for Toronto’s CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The CN Tower is the most iconic building in the city as it rises over all other skyscrapers. The views on a clear day go on for miles, and the experience of looking down at the city is unforgettable. You can even take the edge-walk tour if you are looking to add some adrenaline to your day.

Immediately next to the tower is the Aquarium. Massive in size and with numerous exhibitions. Do not miss the Dangerous Lagoon shark exhibition that has the longest moving sidewalk in North America, gently ushering you through a glass tunnel while multiple species of sharks swim over your head. If the weather is pleasant, finish off your day exploring this neighborhood by taking a walk on the harbor front through the Toronto Music Garden and grab a beer and a bite at Amsterdam BrewHouse.

Historic Distillery District
One of the unique places to have a sit-down dinner and take a romantic walk is The Historic Distillery District. Founded in the 1800s, it was once the largest distillery in the world. The area today has kept most of the Victorian buildings and transformed into an arts district with numerous boutiques and galleries. Take a walk with a friend or a loved one on the cobblestones and add a lovelock to the script sculpture. Enjoy one of the many upscale restaurants in the district and catch a show at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Kensington Market and Chinatown
If you are looking for something to do later in the night, you should make your way to the Kensington Market and Chinatown Areas. Chinatown is a great place to get authentic Chinese food. If you’re hungry late at night, many establishments are open well into the night (or next morning!). The adjacent Kensington Market area is a stronghold for the bohemian crowd. Local art and music are born here, and it thrives and grows in Kensington. It is common to find popup musical performances in a yard or an alley. Speaking of alleys, take a walk to the most famous of all, Graffiti Alley, near Queens Street. As the name suggests, it is covered in beautiful street art.

When you are considering where to travel for your next trip, do not forget Canada’s largest city. It has something unforgettable to offer to everyone!