Venice’s floating fruit and vegetable market

Touring local markets is a highlight of any visit to a new city, and finding the markets frequented by locals is a special delight. Venice has a tremendous local market, the Rialto, with its landmark bridge and early morning/late night bar scene. It’s a lovely one, to be sure, where I got to see the morning crowd shout about football and chop up fish over the day’s fresh offerings.

However, my best find was at the base of Ponte dei Pugni, the bridge of fists, where a little vegetable barge was tied up next to the bridge on a narrow canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere or neighbourhood. 

Venice canal boat barge vegetable stand

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Bite-sized Travel’s 2nd blogiversary!

Happy blogiversary to me! Happy blogiversary to me! Two years ago today, I clicked “create” and became a travel blogger. Let us celebrate with cronuts!

Cronetto La Cornetteria Montreal
Please play along and imagine this cronetto has burning candles on it.

I had no expectations and knew next to nothing about travel blogging or travel writing. I don’t necessarily know a lot more today, but I’m continuing to work at it and seeking the balance between having a full-time job (which I like very much), having a non-paying part-time job (hint: this one) and having a life beyond both of those jobs. Continue reading

My Camino de Santiago in 2014

When I visited Spain in 2011, I immediately fell in love with the country and knew I’d return. In Madrid, I encountered a couple who had just finished their second Camino de Santiago, this time from Portugal. At the time, I knew nothing about it and asked them enough questions to know this was something I’d have to do. On the flight home, I was decided: I will walk the Camino de Santiago in 2014. On paper, it’s a big year for me. I turn 40. And while 40 is the new 29, or some hot nonsense like that, it’s also a good time for me to go somewhere I really want to go, enjoy what comes my way and meet people from all over the world while I’m doing it.

Walking, eating and meeting. This is what I want to do in 2014. As the months tick by, I’ll provide updates with my progress, planning and preparation. At best, it will be one person’s definitive guide to fulfilling her dreams. If you find it helpful, have questions, or even better, want to offer advice, let me know in the comments! Buen camino!

#caminotwits

My friend Lori and I are planning to do the Camino at the same time and have been pursuing our planning with great, shared enthusiasm. She’s also blogging her Camino prep, and we’ve created a hashtag – #caminotwits – to tag information in our Twitter conversations. Needless to say, it’s quickly becoming the theme of our adventure and a source of amusement among our friends.

Caminotwits handles

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Happy holidays from Bite-sized Travel!

Holiday greetings, friends!

I’m taking a little break for holiday, but I’ll be back in the new year to share more photos, stories and tips from my travels near and far. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you Santa finds you and I hope you get to spend this time relaxing with friends and family and reflecting on a wonderful 2013.

Halifax Nova Scotia Christmas Display Bicycle Thief
The cute rein-pig Christmas display outside of Halifax’s Bicycle Thief restaurant.

Thanks to my wonderful readers and guest bloggers for another terrific year of travel blogging. I hope your 2014 is full of adventure, prosperity, good health and great eats!

Happy holidays! Where are you spending the holidays? Any unique traditions? Please share!

2013 Year in Review: Oh, the places I went!

‘Tis the season for year-end lists! In the “business*” of blogging, year-end lists are a great way to contemplate the year that’s passed, while it’s still too cold** to think about next year’s travel plans. 2013 has been a pretty terrific year for me, travel-wise and life-wise – an amazing year filled with adventures and memorable life experiences.

Ever since I made the conscious decision to pursue a life of travel and interesting experiences, every year has just been getting better and better. As I approach 40 (and I’m coming up on it quickly since my birthday is in January), I spend a lot of time thinking and wondering if I’m living the life I want to be living. Without question, I am and 2013 was the perfect illustration of that.

2013 started out with some terrific road-tripping in Northern Nova Scotia, with the requisite maple syrup on snow. I also happened upon this magnificent herd of alpacas, the photo of which brought me joy throughout the year.


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