My 5 Favourite Runs, From Around The World

My 5 Favourite Runs, From Around The World

It comes as no surprise that my favourite way to see a city is to get up at the crack of dawn and give it the runaround. There’s simply nothing quite like waking up alongside a city;  whether it’s skirting around delivery vans dropping off fresh baked goods for the start of day, or darting businessmen and women hustling to get to work on time, taking an early-morning run while traveling is by far my favourite way to discover a city. You never know what you’ll see before the sun creeps up! Rising early to hit the pavement has led me to discover a Canadian cemetery in the North of Wales, and accidentally join a 5km while spending an anniversary weekend in Pittsburgh and been yelled at by a fellow hostel guest in Geneva who must have dreamed her alarm went off and blamed it on the early risers, or, I suppose I should say runners.

While I’ve had my fair share of fabulous runs to kick-start my travels around the world, here are my top 5! If you’re ever in the area, don’t miss out on the chance to take in the fresh air, the beautiful landscape and hit the ground running:

1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C

Starting at Canada Place and ending at English Bay, the approximately 12 kilometer run through Stanley Park is the most amazing and memorable runs I have done to date (the fact that I ran it alongside one of my best friends was totally just the icing on the cake). Next to cyclists, joggers and walkers galore, you’ll weave in-between greenery set directly net to a never-ending coast-line in one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Check out more about Stanley Park and other things to see an do in Vancouver in my blog series on Beautiful British Columbia.

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London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

Welcome back! Continuing onward from my Part 1 of “London Calling” where I shared some of my favourite Things to See in London, I’d say it’s about time to step out of the observation booth and start “do-ing”. So, drop the binoculars, put on some comfortable shoes and let’s get ready to see what there is to do in London.

Oy! Don’t forget your umbrella… you’re in London, remember? While London may receive less rain than the rest of the country, you never know when you’ll find yourself caught in a torrential downpour as you exit the tube. Be prepared by investing in a cheap umbrella that you can replace or discard if needed. Got it? Great! Let’s go!

 

Do

Ride the London Eye 

Bite the bullet and embrace your inner tourist. End a day of strolling the city from a different perspective and take your London experience to new heights. For 15GBP (a standard ticket per person booked online), you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Parliament Houses, St.Paul’s Cathedral and everything in between.

Like any big city, London shows it’s best side by night as the hustle bustle comes to an end and all come out to play. Whether you’re celebrating a recent engagement (in which case you may want to upgrade to a champagne flight for 31.54GBP) or enjoying a night of exploration with friends and family, taking a spin on the London eye is a memorable way to savor your experience and give your legs a well-deserved rest.

Take in a Musical 

If you’re at all a fan of musical productions or theater, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see some of the world’s best talent showcased on the London stage. As an avid fan of everything composed and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, I must recommend seeing The Phantom of the Opera (if you haven’t already). It is, by far, my favourite musical of all time. That being said, there are a number of productions currently frequenting the London box offices that are well worth seeing including Wicked (the story behind the good witch and the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz) and Billy Elliott (a story that merges the history of coal mining in Britain and the aspirations of one boy who loves to dance).

Note: To all men, scanning this and shaking their heads. I took my husband to The Phantom of the Opera and he loved it; crashing chandeliers, a man without a face, fire effects etc. What’s not to love?

Top Tip! Don’t buy tickets at the box office unless you’re a die-hard theater buff looking for front row seats. Tickets can often be purchased the day of at Leicester Square at seriously discounted rates. Check out this website to locate discount agents around London!

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