4 things to do in Cape Breton

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Over the thanksgiving weekend, I was invited to my friend Brittany’s home in Cape Breton. We did many things and saw a lot of Canada’s nature on this trip, which is why I wanted to share four of my favourite things to do there:

1. Drive along the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a drive along the north of the island. The views along this drive are unquestionably mesmorizing, the scenery is just incredible. It felt like a mixture of Ireland and France combined. On one side, you can see the cliffs and the ocean, on the other, there are endless woods painted in green, orange and bright red colours.

Moreover, the small villages you drive through are so lovely. My favourite place was Chéticamp, where you can eat at the restaurant Le Gabriel. Also, don’t miss out on the Gypsum Mines. They turned those mines into lakes, which look incredible as you can see on one of the pictures below.

100 per cent worth driving along.

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2. Do the Ceilidh Coastal Trail

Another beautiful trail you can drive along! Again, the scenery is just amazing. I feel so free when I see green hills and the ocean. It always reminds me of the trip I did to Ireland four years ago.

When you drive along this trail, you should definitely check out Christie’s Look-Off, I believe that’s where I took my pictures.

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3. Go to a square dance

I guess this one is pretty typical for people who live in Cape Breton. On our stay, we went to not only one but two square dances (my first ones ever), and it was so much fun! Just believe me and try it out, you won’t regret it.

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4. Eat pancakes at the Shining Waters Bakery

This bakery in Mabou (btw one of the cutest places I have ever been to) has the best breakfast pancakes EVER. I am very picky when it comes to food, but this little restaurant did not disappoint me. The portions are huge, and the price is really okay. Also try their porridge bread! It may not be on the menu, just ask for it – it tastes amazing!

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Whether you try the trails/restaurants that I have recommended or you experience the island on your own, one thing is for sure: Cape Breton is definitely worth visiting! The small villages, as well as the nature are incredibly beautiful & I will certainly come back one day.

Love, Christine

Peggy’s Cove

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It’s already been one whole month since I live here in Canada. The time is flying by so fast, it’s unbelievable. Even though I miss my friends, the life here feels so normal now & I don’t feel homesick at all. This experience has actually shown me that I am more grown-up and independent than I ever would have thought, and that I am ready to move away from Austria (as soon as I get my Bachelor haha).

I feel as if I have already learned so so much here – especially about myself and what I really want in life. Moreover, I finally have the time here to actually work on myself and the person I want to be, which I am really grateful for.

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All the memories and experiences I made here have taught me something, and I am looking forward to experiencing even more and going on new adventures here! … Like the little roadtrip we took to Peggy’s Cove last weekend.

Peggy’s Cove was lovely. The houses looked so cute, and walking around the big rocks by the lighthouse was incredible. The view from there was mesmorizing – dozens of rocks, the Atlantic ocean … I could sit there all day and just watch the waves as they crash into the waterfront!

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After some time, the sun even came out which made the whole place brighten up. This place was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Halifax when choosing my destination for the exchange semester – and I don’t regret it at all! I will never forget this day and this little adventure with our international group here.

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What are your thought on an exchange semester & moving to another country? I’d be really interested to know!

Also, I hope you enjoyed this post & my pictures!

Love, Christine

Austrian Adventure

Last weekend, some of my friends from university and me went on a roadtrip to Wolfgangsee in Salzburg, here in Austria. Sadly, it was quite cold so we didn’t get to swim – I brought two pairs of bikinis with me because I was so excited to finally enjoy my summer holidays, so I was kind of disappointed haha.

However, we did see some beautiful places in Salzburg as well as in Upper Austria. Today, I want to share my favourite pictures of the trip + a recommendation for every place we visited.

Strobl, Wolfgangsee

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What to do: Take a walk on Bürglstein! It’s a circular walk around the Wolfgangsee lake. We didn’t walk the whole path, but it still was a cool experience to see the lake from different angles.

Gmunden, Traunsee

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What to do: Visit Schloss Ort! It is a small castle at the Traunsee lake which offers beautiful spots to take pictures.

Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt

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What to do: If you are visiting Hallstatt by car, park at the ‚Freizeitzentrum Hallstatt‘ (leisure centre). We were there on a saturday afternoon & there were still some parking spots left. Plus you don’t have to pay for the parking spot, which is great. However, you have to walk about 20 min to get to Hallstatt.

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What to do: I really loved walking through Linz, the inner-city architecture is very beautiful. However, there was one particular highlight for me: The ice cream parlour Eisdieler. They have amazing ice cream flavours like ‚Süßer Stoff‘ which consists of Nutella & Gugelhupf ice cream – so delicious! Some of the flavours are also vegan, which is great. The price is quite expensive though: One scoop costs about 2 €.

I really enjoyed this weekend trip. You can see so much of the country if you travel by car. Plus, it’s cheaper than taking the train/flying and you can be flexible & decide spontaneously where you want to go next. Moreover, long drives can be a lot of fun if you have good music & wonderful people by your side (even if you are the driver like I was). This definitely wasn’t my last roadtrip.

Do you know other great places to visit here in Austria/near Vienna? If you have any recommendations, feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram!

Love, Christine