Iceland 2017!

Happy New Year everyone!

We are starting off 2017 with a trip! We are MORE than ready for some exploring and adventures, since it has been a while since our most recent overseas trip to Italy – last year… 2016… (I’m still scribbling out 2016’s or trying to artfully transform the 6 into a 7 😋) And we’ve been diligently saving money and vacation days for this exact purpose!

Our destination for this first trip of 2017?

Iceland!

It does seem like everyone around the world is jumping on the Visit-Iceland-Bandwagon. Even my parents have a trip to Iceland planned for later this year! So we are excited to see for ourselves the wonders of this epic country. We can’t ever resist waterfalls, mountains and gorgeous landscapes!

We got an offer from Icelandair – that includes flights from Seattle into Reykjavik, accommodations and two sightseeing tours. We have also signed up for a couple of other sightseeing tours – to make the most of our time in Iceland and to take in the incredible nature and landscape. I’m also eager to learn more about this country, its history, traditions and customs, its food and how they’ve got this using-renewable-resources bit all sorted out!

I think it’ll be interesting to visit in January and see majestic Iceland in the winter. We are hoping to be able to catch the Aurora Borealis but knowing that it is an unpredictable natural phenomenon and that weather conditions need to be favourable, we are not holding our breath! (We ARE crossing our fingers and hoping for luck to be on our side!)

Seeing Iceland in January will certainly be different compared to a visit in the spring or summer. We would love to return at a different time of the year and take a road trip around Iceland on the Ring Road. It would give us an opportunity to explore other parts of the country on our own time and perhaps take a path less traveled!

Another thing on my bucket list for a return visit? Snorkeling and seeing the Sifra fissure – where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are drifting apart slowly every single year. It would be amazing to see this incredible underwater world and to learn more about this geological process! Besides, how else can I say I’ve swam between 2 continents?

Sidenote: Who else does this? Planning a return trip when you haven’t even gone on your first visit yet? 

Well, we will be off to Seattle bright and early tomorrow to catch our Icelandair flight to Keflavik Airport. Follow along on our adventures on Instagram! If you have any recommendations of places to see and restaurants or cafes to eat at in Reykjavik, drop us a line!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie

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Winter Wonderland 2016

Contrary to popular belief, Canada isn’t covered with ice all year round and we don’t live in igloos. In fact, we wouldn’t be able to build any here in Vancouver, because our climate is so mild! We famously had concerns over having enough snow when we hosted the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. 😂

Having said that, we were hit with an uncharacteristic blast of winter over these past few weeks. And although it causes havoc on the roads and with transit, we were SO happy to see snow! It just gets us into holiday mode and the scenery becomes a winter wonderland!

Overlooking the river…

Minoru park was a delight to ramble through in the snow – with the pretty snow dusted chapel and the frozen lake. Definitely Christmas card worthy!

The frozen over lake…

Can you spot the natural Christmas Tree? 🎄

Not your average snow-covered trees!

Even our pets were excited for the snow and had a blast tearing through the snow!

And this year, we were hit with snow not just once but twice! Let’s just say it got us even more excited for the holiday season.

Steveston, one of our favourite places, was also ready for Christmas – with its own Christmas Tree right by the wharf.

I can never resist the water and a sunset!

Last weekend, we went to watch the Nutcracker ballet, as per tradition! It always gets us into holiday mode – with the spectacular music by Tchaikovsky, the gorgeous costumes, the dancing, the dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the swirling snowflakes!

Of course, I can’t go to a ballet without taking a ballet photograph!

We couldn’t resist taking some selfies on our night out! 😏

Because we are the silliest and I wouldn’t change us for anything!

I think we make rather nice looking reindeers! 😋

And on that note…

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! We hope you all get to spend some quality time with your loved ones over the holidays!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie

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Merry Christmas!

Last Friday, we spent the evening in Downtown Vancouver. It is lovely in the winter – with pretty lights decorating buildings and trees. Definitely not as festive as European cities, with their Christmas markets, snow and other festivities, but lovely just the same!

Lights at Pacific Centre, Vancouver

We were downtown for a performance of the Nutcracker by Goh Ballet at The Centre. It was a lovely show and I’m sure all the little children in the audience were dreaming of the Sugar Plum Fairy that night! (We were definitely dreaming of the gorgeous costumes, the wonderful music and the Sugar Plum Fairy!) I think we are going to start watching the Nutcracker every year, as a Christmas tradition!

Speaking of Christmas and since it is Christmas Eve, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you get to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season, no matter where you are in the world. We are dreaming of a White Christmas – I guess we will have to wait and see whether that dream comes true!

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Merry Christmas everyone!
May all your wishes come true this holiday season!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie
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