Touring the Icelandic Golden Circle

It was so nice to wake up and find ourselves still in Reykjavik, and still in this beautiful foreign city I was lucky enough to call my temporary home (for two days at least). I absolutely love it when a cruise ship docks overnight, especially when the port of choice is one that I’m head over heels for. Today was going to be a long, long day. It wouldn’t be like our first day – no pampering and relaxation at a spa. No, today was all about sightseeing. We were headed to Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle for a full-day excursion with the ship. Today was about exploring, adventuring, admiring, and photographing. The Golden Circle is a very popular tourist route in southern Iceland and it covers about 300 kilometres of distance. It loops from Reykjavik into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. The Golden Circle is the area that…

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Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

If you thought Akureyri was exciting, you’re in for a real treat with all the travels in and around Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the gem of Iceland. It is stunning in all aspects. So absolutely stunning. It is what I pictured it to be – green lush landscapes, waterfalls and streams, mountain roads that stretch on forever, rocks and springs. Our ship docked at the port at around 3 in the afternoon. The boat was going to be docked overnight, too, so we had another full day ahead of us in Reykjavik. So first, we did what we always did: walk around the city centre. We weren’t booked on any excursions for Day 1 so everything was pretty relaxed. We called the shots and we went where we wanted to go. Right when we got off the ship, we boarded a shuttle bus that would drop us off right in front…

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With the Whales in Akureyri

Iceland, we’ve finally arrived. We made it. The moment we arrived in Akureyri, our first scheduled port in Iceland, I was overcome with such joy and excitement. As many of you may remember, Iceland has been a destination that I’ve included on every single wanderlust list that I’ve made since this blog started up. I’ve never experienced such serious wanderlust as I have for Iceland. I never could put my finger on what kept compelling me to go. Maybe it’s the movies, maybe it’s the travel blogs and the repeated stories of the holy Viking land. Maybe it’s those stunning photographs of the Blue Lagoon, the waterfalls, and the mountain rock. I think why I’ve been drawn to Iceland this whole time is because it’s different from everything else. It’s not your typical European city with bustling local streets, street vendors, and your ancient cathedrals and monuments. It’s full of…

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Summer 2017 European Getaway

Hey, everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog but fear not! I am alive and well, thank you very much. I hope you are all having a splendid summer vacation so far, and if you’re still stuck in the office, hang in there! Your summer is right around the corner, and I hope you get to bask in summer’s short, but sweet glory very, very soon. This blog post is the official start of the newest series on lifewithjulia – the Summer 2017 European Getaway. Yes, we’re back in Europe again this summer. Not too hard to guess after all this time. I think this makes it the 5th summer in a row we’ve chosen to spend our precious summer stay in this beloved continent. There’s just so much about Europe – its history, the culture, the food (definitely the biggest reason), the sights, the natural…

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The Wanderlust List

Craving adventure? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Especially on a dreary, bone-chilling, Canadian winter’s day, my mind wanders to all the tropical places I wish I could find myself in, in that very second. Mexico. Bora Bora. The list is endless. I’m constantly suffering from wanderlust syndrome; I’ve officially diagnosed it myself. That’s why I created this list- my very own Wanderlust List- so I can share with all of you the places where my mind wanders to in the coldest of days and in the worst of days. These are all the places which I hope to eventually travel to in the not-too-distant future; these are all the places I have day-dreamed about so often. Hopefully, this list will help you escape from whatever you are doing for a little bit. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the view. Let the wanderlust consume you. Your plane will be…

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