Archive for Canada

Marriott Ottawa Downtown

Our room was on the mid floor in the Marriott Ottawa downtown Since it’s in Dow town i had a not so good experience with a downtown Holiday Inn  hotel in Montreal(night noises) it got me worried that i would not get so much sleep. But when entering the Room i noticed that had isolated the room very good and i could almost hear not noise from the street. It should buy and bring a decibel meter to Dow town hotels.  I was amazed by how big the room was i booked for a double with queen beds for 2 persons.

And i have to say it was the Marriott Downtown in Ottawa was my  best Hotel in my road trip across Canada.

The bed was perfect for me, just in between softness and giving a good back support.  I never had a bed that slept so good. This could also have due to the fact that I slept terrible the night before and had driven a lot  of Kilometers.

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

The light bulb you can see emitted a warm and welcoming light but it also doubled as a wall socket and the Alarm Clock had a USB port in it. These are just some of the small things which have such a nice impact and  you really appreciate.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Although they offered water it was really unclear if you had to pay for it or pay for it when you wanted more water. So this could be a minor suggestion to them. The ice bucket was nicely made but we had to go a floor to get some ice. i am not sure why our floor did not have a an Ice Machine.

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

On of the nice small things they offered is if you stay longer than 1 night and choose to not let them change your clothes they offer you the Choice of getting a $5 Dollar Starbucks gift card or getting 500 Marriott Reward Points.  I  really love the fact the they not only think about the environment but also offer you an extra advantage. Although im not sure this is in every Marriott Hotel or just in the Marriott’s in Ottawa.
Also they offered Breakfast in the Room Service which had approximately the same price as going doing to the restaurant and eating your breakfast there.

They offered a wide range of products which where reasonably price according to a Hotel

 

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

It always nice to see some Bathroom products it lets you think how much a Hotel Chain cares about you.  Marriott offered us a nice choice of Thann products. It consisted of (From left to right )  an aromatherapy conditioner next some shampoo. Then in the middle we got a rice bran oil soap bar with orange and tangerine scents  followed by Aromatic Wood Body lotion and to finish another Aromatherapy Shampoo.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Than Supplies

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Thann Supplies

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

 

 

My First Airbnb stay Algonquin Lodge

Staying in a hotel using Hotel Loyalty points is nice but if you want to meet locals and have a local experience perhaps this isn’t the best solution. Or perhaps you want to keep your budget in place. If one of those sentences makes sense to you than Airbnb is the solution. I had chosen to stay at an Airbnb in Canada near the Algonquin Park (Ontario) It was a great place to start discovering the beautiful wild life or and the  start of the exchange of seasons.

Why did i pick Airbnb for this Stay ?

-When reading about Canada I quickly find out that they advise people to stay at a Lodge, but after searching for a while i didn’t find any lodges nearby that fitted my expectations.
I wanted a home that was fully built-in Wood and which offered view of a Lake not just 4 wooden walls that were put up and called a Lodge.

-The travel experience staying with local people is the best you will ever have. They know the area and are also interested in you so  you have plenty of stuff to talk about.

So i tought the Algonquin park was the perfect spot to find a Wooden Lodge. after a quick search on Hotels websites I quickly find some old lodges that where out of their glory and some supper expensive beautiful lodges in a whole resort park .

Then i tought why not use airbnb. And after a quick search I’ve found a beautiful wooden lodge near the Algonquin Park .

Algonquin park Lodge

Airbnb Wooden Lodge Algonquin Parc

Airbnb Wooden Lodge Algonquin Parc

After a quick sign up and verifying our details which improves the chances of getting accepted with your host  we introduced our self to our host about who were and  are our lodge was requested. And in the next 24 hours we got a confirmation that your request was approved and we where welcome to join them in September. (if you host does not respond in 24 hours the booking will automatically canceled and this will affect the renters profile.)

Our host were called Sandra and Dale and they where  already asking us if wanted to eat dinner with them for a reasonable price.  We gladly accepted the offer and wont regret it Dale is a great chef.

After a long ride from Ottawa we arrived at our Airbnb.  Dale and Sandra immediately greeted us and offered us some hors oeuvres and some refreshing drinks after a quick snack i decided to jump in the Lake and swim around a bit, although I wasnt that confident due the fact that i shared the lake with some Snapping Turtles so i hoped they would not greet me with a bite .  After the swim Dale showed us the house which was made entirely of wood and explained why they lived  near the Algonquin park.

Even the decorations where carefully picked  in all the Lodge was just amazing and beautiful.

After some quick chatting with out hosts and the other guests . We decided to have lunch. Dale cooked an amazing meal. and after that we called it a day because we where tired from driving .

The second day we were greeted with a lovely kitchen smell and Sandra was making us  Blueberry pancakes which where absolutely  amazing they where the best pancakes i had in Canada . Before leaving on the third day we enjoyed  some eggs benidect which where once again superb. And dale took us for a boat ride on the Lakes.

So these experience were wonderful but we probably wouldn’t have had these experiences when we would have stayed in a Hotel.

Do you want to book a stay  with Airbnb use my discount link and get 20 Euros or 25 Dollars of  your first stay.

Airbnb sign up link 

 

Flying in Economy with British Airways Boeing 747 London New York

Flying  one British Airways oldest in the fleet the 747. It is one of the original jet planes, i was really looking forward to fly on it before the retired all the 747 .

The Flight itself

BRU-LHR Brussels to London Heathrow

Our first flight was at 6 55 heading to London Heathrow when we arrived at the gate we are amazed by the small size of the aircraft. When boarding they told us the flight was fully booked.
We didn’t expect for a flight of only one hour that they would serve us breakfast. We had a Croissant with sausages and tomato and mayonaise (kinda a weird combination).
British airways offered a ideal space of legroom on the first flight which i didn’t expect.

LHR-JFK London Heathrow to New York John F Kennedy Airport

Boeing 747 British Airways London To New York

Boeing 747 British Airways London To New York

Our second flight was from London Heathrow to New York JFK. The flight was again operated by British Airways this time with a Boeing 747 400.
The Boeing 747 has always amazed me as one of the first jumbo jets, but you could defiantly see that this Boeing had his age.
The leg room was a little bit smaler than our first flight (and that for a transatlantic flight.) and the inflight entertainment system was older but the movies where still up to date and it worked perfectly. Our crew was very friendly and the meals where of good quality our breakfast was an (option meat or vegetable “beans”) omelet with beef companioned by mushrooms and a Tomato.
And  with this meal there was also a fruit juice, a bun and a fresh fruit salad which was very welcoming due to its fresh taste . Just before landing we had a late snack which was the first time i had a snack before landing that was actually tastefully. They served us  a Chicken Ceasar Sandwich and a Kitkat as dessert.
I’d have to say British Airways really impressed me with the foodservice in Economy class especially with the fresh fruit nothing better to fight the jetlag than some fresh vitamines.  When arriving in New york we had a bout 4 hours to pass customs and TSA control.
What i really noticed was how empty terminal 8 was i think when arriving at most 200 people where here so it was really calm and ideal to relax a little bit and take a quick snack/ Nap. Continuing to our last flight which was operated American Airlines (American Eagle) . which i will describe later on so keep checking back .

Road trip across east Canada

Road Trip across Canada Preparation

 

Canada has always been one of the destinations i wanted to visit.
Since i visited China a last year i wanted to travel to more destinations outside Europe. Fortunately i found some ways to keep travel in comfort and keeping it budget friendly.

My flight will be from Brussels to London where i have some time to get a quick breakfast and then off to JFK New York where i can have lunch and then continue my trip to Montreal.  I will fly  to JFK using one of the old Majestic planes the Boeing 747 of British Airways. read about in my post flying British Airways Economy from London Heathrow To JFK.

 

British AIrways Boeing 747

 

Our first Stop is Montreal at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, there we will visited the old city explore some restaurants (perhaps eat some poutine,  it doesn’t look that tasty tough on the internet) and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express in the downtown area.

After that we will travel to Quebec and visit the old city for a night and a day and drive up to Tadoussac where we will stay 2 nights to go and watch the whales.
Then we drive up to the fjord and return in the direction of La Tuque where will spend the night. The next day we wil drive until we reach Ottawa where we will spend the night at the marriott. In Ottawa we only have a short period of time due to the fact of the long driving and need to reach our lodge at algonquin natural parc .  We found a lovely lodge in Huntsville using airbnb (more on that later) and decided to book it.  After visiting the natural parc of algonquin where we hope to see  some wild animals like a Moose, we are driving to Parry sound and explore the region of the lake. Before heading to Toronto we will have one night in Collingwood at the Holiday Inn.  When arriving in Toronto we have all the time to explore some Museums and shops or perhaps some natural parcs. For the last 2 days we will visit the Niagara falls on the Canadian site and then head back to Brussels flying from Montreal to London with the new Boeing 787.

 

 

The Flight from Toronto to London.