Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Travel: A spot of crowdsourcing

I cannot wait to be up above the clouds again!

Later this year, Matthew and I are going to take our 'big' holiday. We've been saving up our time off to spend a fortnight in the US and Canada, and I'm starting to get really excited now it's a couple of months away (for much of the year September has felt like an age away).

Over the course of our break, we'll be visiting one place we both know and love (Las Vegas), one place we've both visited without the other person (Toronto) and two places that we've never been to before (New York and Boston). Our travel and hotels are all sorted - Matthew as always has done some epic work sorting and co-ordinating this and I'm so excited to write about our chosen hotels and transport here.

Returning to the Aria is sure to be a thrill - can't wait to write about the hotel and to get lots of pics with my newer, better camera - this is an iPhone pic!

Now, we turn to deciding what we actually want to do while we are in each city, where we want to visit, what we should eat and where has the best drinks. So this is me asking you guys for your tips, for New York, Boston, Toronto and Las Vegas.

We've already got a healthy little list going, but I also know how well travelled my friends and acquaintances and readers are, so please - have at it. I'm so excited to read your recommendations - thank you so much in advance for any favourites you are able to share!

We are flying with Virgin again for the tranatlantic portions - loved their service last time!


  1. Hi lovely, here's my top ten of New York http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk/2015/03/my-top-ten-new-york.html and I have a few individual reviews on my blog too.

    1. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you, Angie, we'll have a good look through!

  2. I actually only ever got around to 1 New York post, but frankly it's an essential - where to buy stationery and the best bookshops! http://www.annainternationalblog.com/2014/01/28/nyc-tips-for-bookworms-and-stationery-fans/ Oh, wait, and i have one on the High Line and Chelsea Market too, which are a def must-visit. http://www.annainternationalblog.com/2014/02/04/nyc-chelsea-market-and-the-high-line/ So jealous! Enjoy!

    1. These are so great, thank you - stationery and books are definitely needed :)

  3. Wow this trip sounds like so much fun! I've been to NY and Boston before but it was so long ago I don't remember much. The view from the Empire State building is amazing though!

    1. As a dyed in the wool Sleepless in Seattle fan, it's a must!

  4. What an amazing trip! Here are a few NYC ideas that spring to mind & that I either try to hit when I go, or have been to recently and loved:
    - Random cool thing: http://thelowline.org
    - Bagels: Murray's. http://www.murraysbagels.com
    - Central Park: I love the reservoir walk when a traffic-noise escape is craved
    - Eataly: fun & tasty food market. They also do events: https://www.eataly.com. It's just near The Pavillion for drinks (if it's nice out): http://www.thepavilionnyc.com/#home
    Lynn Begany

    1. Amazing tips, Lynn! Thank you so much!

  5. Ohh! I was all excited when you said you were coming to Canada... until I learned it was way over in Eastern Canada.. bummer. I wish I could give you some tips, but I have never been way over there! This country is much too big. But I wish you a safe and happy trip full of wonderful adventures!!! xx

    1. Thank you so much - we're hopeful to do west and central Canada on another trip.

  6. OMG Eat all the pizza! ALL OF IT. Not the most specific tip, I grant you, but you shall not be disappointed x

    1. This is literally an entry on my NY to-do list. I may buy pants a size too big in preparation.

  7. Other than the CN Tower, I don't know what you did last time you were in Toronto so here are my recommendations:

    Museums & Galleries - we have great ones. The biggest are the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), but there are great small ones like the Bata Shoe Museum, Museum of Inuit Art, the Textile Museum, and the Gardiner Museum (ceramics).

    Shopping and Strolls - St. Lawrence Market, Yorkville (you'll love The Papery), Queen St. West. Check out Canada's bookstore, Indigo - the one at Bay and Bloor is lovely. The one at Sherway Gardens is huge (they are calling it Canada's first Cultural Department Store) but outside of the downtown core.

    A Blue Jays baseball game at the Rogers Centre is always fun, especially up in the 500 level. Tickets might be difficult to get if we're in the hunt for the playoffs (which we are) but the atmosphere will be amazing.

    The Toronto International Film Festival is Sept 8-18. Get tickets for films or just hang out in Yorkville with the celebrities!

    Toronto Island is a beautiful trip.

    There is lots of great Theatre in Toronto. Mirvish Productions is a great place to start.

    Some of my favourite places to grab food are Fresh (freshrestaurants.ca) and Smokes Poutinerie (smokespoutinerie.com) (most of the places I frequent are further out of downtown.)

    Go to Nathan Phillips Square and get a picture with the big Toronto sign!

    BlogTO.com is a fantastic website with tons of "10 best places for" articles, it will help you find everything you need to plan a fantastic trip.

    1. Shan this is brilliant, thank you so much! We're getting excited. I hope we can meet for a coffee, too!


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