We had the chance to be invited by the lovely Vicki from Boiled eggs and soldiers to stay a few days in her lovely home. I have to specify that we visited Townsville, North Queensland in the hottest month of the year: february.
So, we were lucky to stay at the Pineapple House, invited by my food blogger friend.
Look at that sunset! We enjoyed this view every evening from the deck.
You may have read this. While I’m on sabbatical, I decided to take my big girl for a mother & daughter big trip. Why Australia? you may ask… Why not?
First, it’s an old dream of mine like really old, that I still haven’t achieve. But… dreams are meant to become true!!!
Second, it’s just the best time of the year, as it’s summer in Australia so we can skip a month of an ugly french weather.
And last but not least, I have met so many great australian friends through the blog, through instagram also, that I really wanted to meet them in real.
This is Part 1 of our journey: First impressions on Sydney
After surviving to the long long long flight…
Stop in Dubaï Airport (amazing for architectural pictures!)
… we were so happy to see friendly faces in the crowd, waiting for us! Sam and her husband were waiting for us at Sydney’s Airport.
Of course Sam took this picture at the airport. Quite an exciting moment.
Sam and David first made us stop to enjoy the view and to have our first Mom&Daughter Sydney pic!
Just a quick rest at Sam’s and we went for breakfast in a very nice Café: The St Malo Bakery. And the grey sky was gone, we were able to see this very green and blue city.
My first impressions on the city is about the light and colors. The light is so bright! Never seen that before anywhere else. The sun is very strong, the trees are very huge and green, and blue color is dominant with the sea and sky.
When we started walking in the streets, I was amazed to see how Sydney is wheelchair friendly! You know what does it mean? It means that Sydney is baby/pram friendly! So different from Paris! Every pavement has a friendly slope to cross the street. And is large enough of course! Might sounds strange a tourist notices that, maybe it’s because in France, we are into the disability access law implementation.
People are so friendly, so welcoming! Very helpful and patient with us. They speak very fast, but you just need to remind them that you are a poor french tourist and they would slow down.
Watsons Bay, view on the city center
Do you like to write down your impressions on a new city when travelling? What does it strike you first?
Last part of our canadian travel. For the previous episodes click here and there.
After the Rockies and Vancouver city, we took the ferry to Vancouver Island.
This part of our big travel in Canada was my favorite part. If you are in Vancouver for a few days or weeks you have to go there. It’s wonderful. We lived like robinson crusoe (almost), slept in a yourt on the beach, went to observe wild life and visited the wild forest.
As you may now noticed, we prefer to stay in the same place and discover the surroundings. We are not into road trips that much. Everyday changing places and so on? We will do that surely later, when the kids are older. So we decided to go to the end of the world. After Tofino it’s only the ocean until the other side of the earth! TOFINO! Yes, it’s THE paradise!
The ferry trip is fast and not expensive. We had to drive a few hours to arrive at our campground but we stopped first in MacMillan Provincial Park where we saw those giant Douglas trees. Cathedral grove makes you feel like you are a dwarf in fantasy land! They are so old and giant. This nature is very well preserved and only a few trees can be seen. Paths are made to let people have a small walk but you can’t go into the forest by yourself.
We finally arrive in that little piece of paradise. Wya point campground! We decided to stay for 4 nights in Ucluelet because Tofino is more expensive and very full in august. This campground is incredible and totally kids friendly. Of course beware of bears, wildlife and the ocean. But hot water in clean showers is available, bbq and fire place also: the perfect snack friends on the beach.
The yourts are very well equiped with beds, a gaz light and heater if needed. The team (they are a family of natives) of the campground respects the environnement. They are ecological friendly. If you are not into the yourt option, there are some cottages and simple tents places.
What about activities with your kids in TOFINO?
Except playing Robinsons, we had several excursions. Little gingerboy was too young (he was 2 and half) to particpate so we had to split the group. Big girl went for a canoe tour with her father and lucky her, went for bear watching with her mother!!!
A lot of agencies propose the same tours. We chose this one. It was really serious and the prices were ok. Our guides were nice people, friendly and knew very well their job. If we had more money we would have gone to see the whales also. and husband would have loved to have a tour with the hydroplane. But as on a big family travel we had to make choices!
Look at the mummy bear and the little one. Well, even the little one can move really heavy rocks with no effort to look for yummy crabs and fishes. We saw many bears on our tour. And also other animals. That was an amazing day.
Of course beaches! There are amazing wild beaches. Some are for surfers, others are really quiet. We were just next to Pacific Rim National park. Long beach is the famous one and the stunning one. We didn’t hike there, just rested there. Well we’ll be back to do that also when the kids are older! They just wanted to play on the beach! But look! Of course they want to go there!!!!
Gingerboy on a desert island! I love this picture!
Of course we were kind of lazy to cook and went to eat in restaurants. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t a blogger at that time and didn’t take pictures of the amazing places. So I’ll give you the names and websites where we had the most amazing food and all those were kids friendly of course!
Burgers on the road just before entering Tofino. To eat outside on the benches or to take away. Best burgers ever! They also serve breakfasts but we didn’t try them!
Common Loaf bake shop: we went there twice. Once I had gingerboy make his worst crisis of the travel! Of course I was alone with him and nice people kept trying to help me but he was out of control! But the snacks and cakes of this coffee shop made our life easier and I was less miserable! Thanks for that!
And finally the fancy one: SoBo. This is where I had the best Key lime pie of my life. The food is fresh and simple. They have space for kids. They are nice. Perfect place! And they tell about the story of their business. I love that! These people realized their dream. Started in a food truck and now have a nice bright restaurant! Bravo!
Finally we had to leave from our paradise just promising ourselves we will be back.
The ferry took us back to Vancouver and we had a great view on the mountains.
I hope you enjoyed my little canadian travel serie. We are now preparing ourselves for our next adventure: Sweden. It’s really closer but I’m sure it will be great also!