Month: December 2017

Hanging in Honolulu for the Holidays

This year I decided to treat myself. It was time for something special.

Anyone who knows me knows very well that I’m really not a fan of the cold – hard to believe considering my upbringing! Since my mom had to travel for the holidays, and the winter season was already hitting particularly heavily, I figured there was no better time than now to cross another destination off of my bucket list – this time the Islands of Hawaii!

Hawaii is a bit of a doozie – as everyone and their mom always says, it’s quite expensive. This was apparent when I was booking the hotels. It was apparent when I was booking my airfare. But I really didn’t realize just how bad it could be until I actually got settled in here for a few days, evaluate all of my options, and found that I really had no choice but to spend a small fortune on food and drink – even going to the grocery store to prepare my own meals proved to come at quite a hefty price tag!

But I guess I shouldn’t get caught up on money. Hawaii is all about beauty.

(I apologize for the graininess on this photo, I only had my phone with me! But it was such a gorgeous site, I had to make the best of what I had!)

Beauty of nature, beauty of culture, you name it. Of course, it’s easy to get caught up in the tourist wind but once you’re off the beaten path you can find yourself quickly surrounded in a lush tropical forest stacked full of rainbows and waterfalls.

And let’s not forget about the beaches.

The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever see. The sand ranges from sun-bleached white to completely black, with every color in between if you know where to look. You can find hideaways where the local crew of surfers will meet up after work to tackle some waves, or where sea turtles will come out for a feeding frenzy just before sunset.

Even when you’re in downtown Honolulu, you still get a pretty cool vibe. There are some beautiful sites (despite the crowded beaches) and endless stretches of beach to walk. Definitely worth the trip if you can swing it. There’s no denying that is is an expensive journey though, and it does make you consider how much of the world you can see while making an equivalent dent in your wallet. Not everywhere you go has statues like this guy though:

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and wishing everyone the best for the coming New Year!

Life Amongst the Quebecois

After quite a bit of struggle with the relaunch, I am happy to say that we are finally back up and running. Thanks for sticking with me! It’s been a long haul, but I’ve finally re-established my brand new site.

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Jen. I am a photographer from Quebec, though most of my photographs you will find are from all around the world. You see, I live for travel. My photography follows me everywhere I go (as long as my cameras are working!) and captures all of the important moments that I encounter along the way.

I was born in Buffalo, NY, but my parents relocated to the Quebec area when I was six years old. We have since learned quite a bit of French (or Quebecois, as they’ve adapted it here!), but I’ve always been most comfortable with the English language. I guess that’s just what I’ve grown up on. Don’t worry, for all those born and raised in Quebec, I assure you that I comprendre le français de base and I can completely fit in with the local conversation.

Since we’re on the topic of Quebec, I figure I should share a photograph or two of my beloved home city. It’s such a beautiful place full of architectural prowess that would impress even the most astute of travelers.

 

The city is full of beauty – from the internationally renowned Chateau Frontenac, to the beautiful Saint Lawrence river, the old city of Quebec really has quite a bit to offer to both tourists and residents alike. Of course, when in Quebec, you really shouldn’t stray too far from the gastronomic scene! Quebec has some of the best restaurants – certainly in the area – but some would argue in North America. Here is a shot froma recent dinner with my family at one of the most classical restaurants in old Quebec City – La Continental:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? If you’re willing to pay the price, the experience you’ll get from this restaurant is one of the best in the world. I’m so glad to call a city that houses this experience my home. By the way, yes, the cherry dessert was magnificent.

Enough ranting and raving for now – long story short, I’m happy to have a place to call home on the internet once again. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read through all that I have to say. I can be a handful 🙂

If you like what you see here, make sure to leave us a note in the comments and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

To your continued happiness,

Jen