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A Central Europe road trip – the highlights

January 10, 2017
Central Europe Road Trip - Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

Question: Can you see four countries in Central Europe in four days? Why yes, yes you can. I recently came back from my Central Europe road trip that covered Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

My travel buddy and I hit three major cities and three smaller towns/cities, as well as ate delicious food and saw many amazing sights. Going in winter also gave me an appreciation of how busy these places are on an off-peak day.

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Don’t waste your vacation days, use them

August 17, 2016
Don't waste your vacation days | My Wandering Voyage Travel Blog

While the amount of time off depends on what country you work in and the company you work for, vacation days are essential for any traveller that still works full time. While it may be the dream for some to be a digital nomad or a full-time traveller, for others, it’s just not possible. Especially, when you love your job, but still want to travel.

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Canada

Kilometre 0 (Home) – Kilometre 930 (Wawa)

May 26, 2014

(I am posting this late because I have had ZERO service and I’m tired from driving)

I’m back for another trip! A year after I left for Greece (a year, can you believe it), I’m heading across country to Whitecourt, Alberta. Here, I am taking a reporter job (yay me)!

I decided that I am going to pack up my car and drive the 3500+ km from my small town Ontario to another small town Alberta. After some great deliberation, I realized going by myself was not going to happen. Driving long distances may not be my forte. I like short drives and scenic drives, but long distances make me sleepy. My dad, thank god, loves driving. He has driven across Canada nine times and two of them were family trips when I was younger.

Leaving home

Leaving home

After stuffing my car, which fit a lot more stuff that I thought it would, and a rough estimate of driving times, distances, and stops, we left home. (Okay, mom and I hugged for a really long time. And I’ll miss my cotton ball dog.)

French River where Champlain explored in the 17th Century

French River where Champlain explored in the 17th Century

Animal Crossing Bridge in Northern Ontario

Animal Crossing Bridge in Northern Ontario

I took the first shift driving 300 k to a small gas station in Pointe au Baril. The views were absolutely stunning. I can really see the inspiration that Northern Ontario gave to the Group of Seven

Inco Smokestack, Sudbury. The tallest in Canada at 1,250 ft.

Inco Smokestack, Sudbury. The tallest in Canada at 1,250 ft.

There was a lot to see up that way. It is where the edge of the Canadian Shield starts. Then, just west of Sudbury, the OPP decided to shut down the TransCanada Hwy BOTH WAYS due to a head on collision. While one person was quickly airlifted to the nearest hospital, the OPP closed down the highway from 7:30am to 2:30pm, when we finally got through. You could imagine the line of cars, a line 10km long.

The line was 10 kilometres long

The line was 10 kilometres long

(Side note: while I respect the police and everything they do (parent are/were cops), I think it is completely unnecessary to close down that major highway for that long of a time. Imagine if there was a truck with livestock that dies because of the heat. It is their prime duty to direct the flow of traffic during a collision, not disrupt thousands of drivers to investigate the non-fatal accident)

It was a beautiful drive along the east coast of Lake Superior

It was a beautiful drive along the east coast of Lake Superior

Old Women's Bay on Lake Superior

Old Women’s Bay on Lake Superior

Beautiful Lake Superior

Beautiful Lake Superior

Snow and icebergs are a thing up in Northern Ontario

Snow and icebergs are a thing up in Northern Ontario

We then finally got a glimpse of Lake Superior (named for its superior awesomeness). We came across Chippewa Falls. So what, you ask. Well, it just so happens that Chippewa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy. That’s right from east coast to west coast, the middle of the TransCanada is not even the middle of Ontario.

Chippawa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy

Chippawa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy

From there it was a scenic drive up to Wawa. Because of the two and a half hour delay, our planned stop in Marathon was changed. At 9:30pm, we pulled into the tiny Mystic Isle Motel in Wawa, ON. (Hey, that motel was actually a surprisingly friendly, clean, and a comfortable sleep)

Made it to Wawa!

Made it to Wawa!

We travelled a good 930 kilometres on day one. Not as far as we wanted to go, but hey, Canada’s a big place.

UPDATE: I have added pictures AND A MAP!

Greece

Paros, Greece – the Island of my Dreams

July 8, 2013
Paros, Greece, the island of my dreams | Paros is a relaxing getaway in the Greek Islands. Check out the beautiful town of Parikia, grab gelato, relax on one of its many beaches and enjoy the laid-back island vibe. | My Wandering Voyage

During my four week trip through Greece, the last island we hopped was Paros. I think the little island in the Cyclades is underrated as a spot to travel. The island, located nearby to popular Naxos, was my favourite island hands down. It has a laid-back lifestyle vibe on the island; it’s not a crazy tourist spot and its beautiful beaches make Paros the winner.

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Classical Tour of Greece – The Peloponnese Part III

May 30, 2013

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Read Part I and Part II

Day 3, our last day was enjoyable but sad. Elizabeth and I would be getting off the bus after lunch time to head back to Athens (I), while the rest of the tour was to keep going to Meteroa. Why we didn’t do the fourth day escapes me, and I really regret not going. We had to say goodbye to some really great friends.

In the morning we went five minutes outside of Delphi to the archeological site of Delphi (H). There are actually three parts to this site: The Sanctuary of Apollo, the Gymnasium, and Temenos of Athena. The Gymnasium site was closed because of damage caused by an earthquake last year. Our first stop was to the Temenos of Athena. This is where the iconic symbol of Delphi is.

The Iconic symbol of Delphi. Also known as a temple to Athena

The Iconic symbol of Delphi. Also known as a temple to Athena

The second stop was to the Sanctuary of Apollo. This is a cool site with an interesting history. According to tradition, Delphi was the geographical centre of the world, The Navel of the Earth. The story goes that Zeus wanted to know where the centre was, so he dispatched two eagles in opposite directions, and where they met was the centre. Here he laid a stone. The Stone was in the shape of an egg, and the top half actually still exists. (see picture below)

The Navel of the Earth

The Navel of the Earth

There are several building within the sanctuary, a temple, a couple of treasuries, a theatre and everything is uphill. It was definitely a sight to see. Lizzie was being smart and singing Hercules as she walked up the theatre part of the sanctuary, and she was whistled at. (BE QUIET!!!) What a goof!

Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo

This sight was a major point in Greek history. People would travel here from all over to talk to the priestess, who voiced for the God, Apollo. The findings from this site were amazing. People would bring gifts and gold. They would ask a simple question, and they would not get a simple answer in return. An example our tour guide told us (Sorry I am butchering it) is when a King of some nation wanted to cross the river to invade another, he came to Delphi to ask Apollo whether he should do it or not. The answer given to him was this: If you cross the river, a nation will be destroyed. It turns out it was his nation that was destroyed.

Full view of the site. Foreground: Temple of Apollo, Middleground: The Gymnasium, and you can just make out the Temple of Athena. You can also see the aqueduct that is still in use

Full view of the site. Foreground: Temple of Apollo, Middleground: The Gymnasium, and you can just make out the Temple of Athena. You can also see the aqueduct that is still in use

After lunch, Elizabeth and I had to leave our group, which was really sad. The tour was a great experience and we met some really amazing people.

I think if I were to come back to Greece, or if I was coming here without any knowledge, I would take tours. A day tour of Athens, a four day tour of classical Greece, and a 10 day tour of the islands. You meet great friends, learn some really cool things, and see a lot more than if you are by yourself.

Anyway, that’s it from our Classical tour. Bridget comes soon and then we are off to the islands!

Stay curious,

Olivia