Calgary Zoo Alberta Canada

Walking through Calgary Zoo today, it’s hard to imagine that it was submerged during the floods of June 2013. Located by the beautiful aquamarine Bow River, the river surrounding the zoo rose and covered most of the island. But Calgary is resilient. The town has bounced back since the floods and Calgary Zoo is the […]

California Academy of Sciences San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is a glorious mash-up of aquarium, gardens, geography, science and early history museums. It’s great for everyone from toddlers to adults, and it’s my favourite tourist attraction in San Francisco. The Academy is split over several levels: The Rainforest, the Aquarium, the Galapagos Islands, the Earthquake Zone, the Rooftop Garden, […]

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District

We used our HHonours points to stay at The Hilton in San Francisco’s Final District, the cheaper of the two Hiltons in San Francisco. Being frequent travellers, we’ve stayed at the Hilton for the membership rewards. It’s paid off in the long-term for us, providing free nights in Las Vegas, San Francisco and New Zealand. We’ve […]

Monterey Bay Aquarium California

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most beautiful aquariums I’ve ever been in. The architecture is stunning and it’s set right on the Pacific Ocean, featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The marine-life enclosures are humane, and the main benefactors of the aquarium, David and Lucile Packard, are animal conservationists, working closely to preserve the marine population. […]