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Teamwork Makes the Dream

Its been a long time since we’d updated this page and to be frank, we’ve had a lot of changes come forward in the past year that warranted this lack of attentiveness.

First, the Italian half of this couple finally completed University and moved here permanently. Amidst this transition we overlapped a move to a new city in la belle province: Montreal. This required some long and hard brainstorming, planning and execution on our part, and as such we dedicated most if not all our free time to figuring out the how-to’s in that regard.

In October 2018, we wanted to go deeper into the city, closer to the subway line but our glance at the market in Toronto made it obvious that we would be limited to a 10 block radius outside of our current Toronto digs. This was not cool, we wanted the metro, food, culture and city life at our fingertips, and moving 10 blocks east or west did not even scratch the surface of those wants.

Enter Montreal. We went back in time and recalled all of the places we’d visited in the past together, what we had enjoyed and what we had not about each area. If you look back at our Instagram feed, the first photos and experiences we posted were in Montreal, Quebec. We got nostalgic, and realized this city held a pretty vibrant spot in our memories.

Montreal has just the right amount of European vibes to make us feel at home. We decided that was it, we would get out of the condo in Toronto and make our way north to Montreal.

So here we are. We’ve spent this summer DIYing our home renovations, and exploring every area of the city on our own and with visiting friends and family. I have taken a liking to demolition, power tools and custom building (our kitchen cabinets and island) from my years of childhood experience with Lego. She has painted every surface of this home, and decorated the place with mementos and tchotchkes from our travels.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Now we are sort of sitting back, looking at our home, wandering the city streets in awe of what we have accomplished in less than a year. We did it. We’ve made Montreal our home and after almost 4 years long distance, we are finally together.

Miami Life is a work of art

Miami Life is a work of art. Get it while its hot, see it before it sinks. Home of some of the best graffiti you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

Miami’s Wynwood area is its art, technology and fashion district, it’s buildings walls are decorated with murals and its people are presumably arty.

There was food, we didn’t eat any, we were too busy looking for parking. It was just before noon, and the rest of the world had woken up and come to Wynwood for brunch. We didn’t eat there, but promised ourselves we’d be back again some day for snacks, instead driving to Miami beach to eat at the Naked Taco, and soak up all its sights and sounds.

Miami, please don’t sink. We love you just the way you are. <3 IDLS

idontlikeshrimp Explore Nové Město

Explore Nové Město

Explore Nové Město, Prague with a pair of comfortable shoes. The art of David Czerny and nods to Franz Kafka are displayed prominently throughout the city.

We found a cute antique book store where we grabbed a few hand drawn maps of the arctic (you just never know when they’ll come in handy). Honorable mentions go to the crazy lineup inside the Dancing House, and the let down at the top floor when you realize the restaurant is closed and there are no stairs to get out, only one elevator ride back down. It was deflating, and the alternative over-priced coffee shop view at the top just didn’t make the cut for us. We found a nice piano bar on the walk home instead.

If you do your research, you might end up inside a mall with a real sketchy lift and a statue of a horse dangling upside down from the ceiling. Not kidding.

<3 IDLS

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Czech It Out

Czech it out. Prague is a reasonable priced vacation destination, its got romantic medieval backdrops and pastry stands galore. Trdelník donut cakes and premium beers are sold at every street corner and its hard to be on a diet here, although the stairs more than make up for your indulgences.

A group of us met up in Malá Strana just in time for the new year. Our two new friends and locals Katya and Dmitri, showed us around and made our trip extra special by giving us historical tidbits about every area we visited.

The evenings there were just magical. Storybook fog cascaded down the stairwells and old streetlamps lined the cobblestone streets we walked each night. It was cold, but not too cold to explore.

Spotlighting: Bamboo Village Resort, Mũi Né

Bamboo Village Resort – Mũi Né, Vietnam

We’d heard of kiteboarding but had never seen it firsthand. It was fun to watch the kitesurfers from our Bamboo Resort lounge chairs with chilled drinks in hand.

“Kiteboarding” and “kitesurfing” are different terms for the same sport. “Kiteboarding” is more widely used in the States and “kitesurfing” is used more abroad. They both describe using a kite to pull you along on a board. Although, some may say “kitesurfing” is when you are riding an actual surfboard behind a kite.

Avevo sempre sentito parlare di kitesurfing e kiteboarding, senza mai contemplarlo di persona. Cosi’ e’ stato divertente osservare i kitesurfers dalle nostre sedie sdraio del Bamboo Resort con i cocktails ghiacciati tra le mani.

“Kiteboarding” e “kitesurfing” sono due espressioni utilizzate per lo stesso sport. “Kiteboarding” e’ piu’ largamente usato negli States mentre “kitesurfing” sopratutto all’estero. Tuttavia, alcuni dicono che “kitesurfing” sia quando stai cavalcando una vera e propria tavola da surf a ridosso di un aquilone.

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bamboo resort fine dining

Mui Ne restaurant entrance

North of Miami

North of Miami you will find the people-watching meccas Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. Make use of the high-end shopping malls, boutiques, cigar bars, a bevy of restaurants to choose from, all under the gentle caress of 30 degree air.

Boca is the first and only place I ever saw ‘BOTOX 2 for 1’ sandwich boards on the street and thought I was being filmed for a Just For Laughs episode. Mizner Park is the pink “lifestyle centre” encrusted with fancy cars and classy bars, boutiques and a condo at the heart of the complex.

Racks is a long-standing establishment at Mizner Park, and they make great tacos. Grab a seat on their patio overlooking the Valet parking and you can pretend you’ve snuck onto the set of a Bond film.

Drive an hour north of Miami and explore the luxurious Florida coastline. Find parking and shopping and botox. Everything you’ve ever dreamed is here if you can afford it.

<3 IDLS

California lives up to the myth

California lives up to the myth. We took a friend’s Chevy Suburban for a road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles a few years ago to look at the beautiful people.

The friend had lived out her glory days in LA during the 80s and reassured me that the road signs meant something to the natives.


We ended up at the Chit Chat studio in Hollywood, smack dab in the middle of everything. Tony had the most magnificent collection of props strewn about. The Ritter Sport chocolate really spoke to me at this moment in time, but it was not mine to eat. I remember that feeling of longing specifically.

Chit Chat Studios
Hollywood Hills

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Parco della Tesoriera Turin

Turin

Turin has some genuine baroque gems peppered throughout its picturesque parks and courtyards. Parco della Tesoriera is a worthwhile visit. Nonnas and nonnos watching their grandkids on the lawns, runners with earbuds against a stunning backdrop of fountains and the once-upon-a-time home of the Treasurer.

Eataly is an institution in Italy. It is a foodie’s grocery wet dream. The Eataly in Turin is a grocery with several stories of traditional, artisan, Italian food-fare. Say hello to the freshest cheese, pastas, olive oils, meats, fruits and vegetables. Then descend down to the underground floor, the floor that is dedicated to the Piedmont region wines and spirits. Just a real treat.

The University of Turin faculty building completed by foster + partners in 2013 makes students privy to innovative design and architecture.

a composition of brushed metal bands and sky-reflecting glazing, the new building set to accommodate 5,000 students. the design consolidates the faculties of law and political science within two volumes linked by a single roof canopy. with a depth determined by solar path analysis, the large overhang is a particularly effective passive cooling strategy; combined with intelligent building systems and tri-generation heating and cooling, the structure requires 20 percent less energy than an equivalently-sized building sans sustainable measures. a landmark hardscaping measure employs 7200 photocatalytic paving tiles that help neutralize the movement of pollutants like dust. bordered by a meandering green ‘philosopher’s walk’, the design encourages pedestrian movement through linking pathways and easy access to local rail and bus services, while still providing roof gardens and light-filled quiet study spaces.

Ibiza Old Town promenade

Spotlighting: Ibiza // Old Town

Ibiza Old Town is a maze of narrow streets and soft pastel walls that wrap around the castle descending towards the port.