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One sunny Summer afternoon, my friends and I decided to visit Rawdon. Random idea for a spontaneous road trip to the country side. The weather was perfect even if it’s a little gloomy and rain is a highly anticipated guest for this one-day adventure. I felt summery so I grabbed an off-shoulder top paired with a tattered jean and because of the expected trail walks, I reached for a nice pair of white sneakers. Why white? Je ne sais pas! Sometimes, trend knows no boundaries. I know I break all comfort rules just to look trendy.

 

This is my first off shoulder top that I deny myself buying even if its popularity becomes undeniable. The idea of reduced mobility due to some shoulder strains and the constant pulling of the sleeves when it gets up is something that I would not sign up to in the first place. But of course, trend is trend. My determining factor in buying clothes is the print and the color. Is it floral, is it pastel? If yes, without a doubt it will be added to the cart. My love for floral prints started before it became the seasons style staple. Back in the days when monochrome and color blocking is the hottest trend, I am still wearing floral and now that the style took center stage, I am one happy fashionista.

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Outfit Details:

 

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Save the Date

Shoes: Adidas Superstar

Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg

 

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As soon as Spring started, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful old Quebec City. It is Quebec province capital, and one of the oldest city in North America. Exploring new places excites my Dora-the-explorer-alter-ego especially because we are going to visit an old city that looks totally different from Montreal. Hopped on another tour bus, which I am starting to love now as it gives me nothing to worry but to enjoy myself. I am a meticulous traveller, I do in depth research of the place I am going to visit, but with tour bus, all I need to do is follow the instruction of our tour guide and off I go wandering, taking pictures, appreciating scenery like an art.

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First Stop, Chez Dany Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) to try Maple taffy or tire d’erable in French. It tastes really good and so sweet I thought I’d end up having tonsillitis. Thank god I didn’t. Aside from giving us the taste they also gave us a little background about the process of making maple syrup. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup contributing 90% worldwide, thus explains the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. Statistics also showed that 70% of the produce come from Quebec. Very impressive!

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Next is Montmorency Falls. My friend kept on telling me that we have to see this because this falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Cool, but thing is I haven’t seen the Niagara Falls either.

True enough, it stands 275 feet and the highest waterfall in Quebec. It is magnificent and a beauty to behold. This is by far the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen in my life long journey of chasing waterfalls.

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We took the cable car ride to the top where the Montmorency Manor and suspension bridge is located which also gave us the stunning bird’s eye view of the Montmorency River.

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After the sumptuous lunch buffet, we visited the Capital Observation, the tallest building in city to see the panoramic view of the capital in 360 degree on the 31st floor.

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I like this view because I can see Chateau Frontenac and St. Lawrence River.

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Our last agenda is to explore Old Quebec to see Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale and Petit Champlain. Being in Quebec City is like being born in the wrong era, it’s both old and new. The city was able to preserve whatever’s left in its history which to be honest left me in total awe. Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site with cobblestone street and well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings.

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The stunning Chateau Frontenac which is called the most photographed hotel in the world. It definitely deserve its title because its elegance is beyond compare, I could stare at it whole day and breath in its beauty.

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Place Royale and Petit Champlain looks like an upgraded version of Kings Landing (Game of Thrones fan here). Its heritage buildings and impressive murals are incredibly photogenic. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here and end up discovering something interesting.

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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a Roman Catholic church in Place Royale.

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We don’t have Cherry Blossom trees here, so this will do for now.

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One interesting street in Quebec City is the Rue du Trésor, an open-air contemporary art gallery that sells beautiful arts and paintings in canvas. This renowned artsy spot  in a narrow pedestrian alley sells local art at reasonable price. I would have wanted to buy one but art shopping where there are too many beautiful arts to chose from takes so much time and unfortunately, we don’t have much time.

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Rue Sainte-Anne on the other hand is the street where talented artist will draw a caricature or portrait of you. Very impressive indeed.

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To keep the tradition alive there are horse-drawn carriage ride that will take you through the Historic District of Old Quebec. The price will depend on the length of the tour, the cheapest will cost you $100 for 35 minutes and the most expensive is $300 for 120 minutes. This is not something that I am interested in trying because, first, its unbelievably pricey and second, I pity the horse.

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We ended the day by going on shopping at Simons then grab a coffee from this quaint place called La Maison Smith Place Royale where I saw this nice wall decor.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Shein
Faux Fur Coat: Guess
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies and Boots: Forever 21

 

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As you all know Winter time is over and finally it’s Spring, which means more OOTD time, more travels and more outdoor activities. The first itinerary that we have for Spring is the Tulip Festival in Ottawa.

Since this is the first time that we will be celebrating the Tulip festival, my friends and I decided to join a group tour through Wondertravels. Just like everyone else we are beyond excited to see Tulips, thus getting a tour will save us few bucks than renting a car, plus we can sit comfortably on our chair to doze off and wake up only when we arrive at our destination. The disadvantage in joining tour group is, you don’t own your time, you will have to adhere to the time schedule given by the tour guide. But, I did not see it as an issue though since they are giving us enough time in every place that we go to.

It was gloomy and cloudy in Ottawa that day. We were even considering on cancelling the trip the day before because of the weather, but I am glad that we did not. We still had so much fun because of the beautiful Tulips and of course with the company of my close friends. I can’t remember how many friends I bumped to into that day, but I was delighted to see them all.

02Let me give you a little background of what Canadian Tulip Festival is all about. Back in the days during the second World War, Princess Juliana of Netherlands came to Canada to seek refuge then gave birth to her daughter Princess Margriet in 1943. As a sign of gratitude for Canadians who sheltered them, Princess Juliana sent hundreds and thousands of Tulips and even promised to send 10,000 more every year. By 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival started and continued up until today which is now the largest Tulip festival in the world. I am beyond grateful to finally be able to see this myself specially because I love flowers.

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Post card photo, cause why not!

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With my friends Ronna and Olive.

 

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Next stop is the Canadian Museum of History. I love visiting museums but mostly art museums, such as the likes of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which I love to death. This museum is different, it shows the history of Canada starting from the early people to the modern times which to be honest doesn’t really excite me. I don’t like history even at school, so getting into this museum is a bit challenging for me. There is also a hall for Hockey history which all the more I cannot relate. I did not enjoy it that much though. I was just taking pictures of cool stuff that I see, which will be shown below.

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To be honest, the museum tour was so boring for me I was too excited to go out to see this view. This is the Ottawa River overlooking the Parliament Hill. Yes, it is the Parliament building not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Next is Canadian War Museum. This is Canada’s museum for military history. Sounds like something I would not be interested in getting into but this is a lot more interesting than the first one.

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Appreciating Ghost of Vimy Ridge painting by William Longstaff. I love this painting. A bit creepy to look at in person but truly meaningful. The white figures in the painting are the ghost soldiers who died for greater good. The painter’s notion is that the war was an act of national sacrifice.

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Each of these lights commemorates one of the 3,598 Canadian soldiers killed in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

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Another painting that I love. The message is very profound, it gives me goosebumps.

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And finally our last destination, Parliament Hill. This is where you will see the Gothic revival building of the Parliament of Canada. I am definitely overjoyed to be here and be one of the 1.5 million visitors that come to Ottawa to visit the Parliament. The Central block houses the Senate and House of Commons. Political terms really intimidates me, it makes me feel like I need to have 200 IQ level to understand the ins and outs of the Parliament.

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The Centennial Flame. Built to commemorate Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation, but for most reasons it is where people gather for warmth in this chilly weather.

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Behind me is the Peace Tower. They say you can take an elevator ride up to this 302 foot bell tower that was built in honor of the Canadian soldiers we lost during World War 1.

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The East block looking Medieval in all its glory.

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If there is one reason that I will be going back to Ottawa, it will be to visit the Parliament for free guided tour within the Center Block covering the Senate, House of Commons, Library and Hall of Honor. Those are the type of tours I enjoy the most where you are being spoon fed with information without reading leaflets because really, history makes my nose bleed.

This tour is worth every penny spent except for the overpriced buffet that I didn’t know cost so much. Lol. But on a serious note, this is truly an amazing experience. So if you are in Montreal, I would suggest for you to book a tour to visit Ottawa this Spring and Summer.

 

Outfit Details:

Top: Parasuco
Faux Fur Coat: Shein
Leggings, Bag and Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: H&M
Earrings: Ardene

 

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