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11 Jul, 2019

Two hours in Paris, part two

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

(Part one of our layover in Paris is right here.) Nature called. The youngest went first. The way it worked in this particular cafe was that one had to ask the manager for a token, go downstairs to the WC, pop the coin in the lock mechanism, and do your business. She came back to […]

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11 Jul, 2019

Two hours in Paris, part one

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In my previous post, I wrote about our airline breakfast but I was getting a little bit ahead of myself. There were many families on that flight, including a few infants, and I wondered if we were in for a fitful night’s sleep. Sleep was key to our plan. You see, the youngest and I were […]

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10 Jul, 2019

One moment en route to Paris, from Toronto

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I knew the airplane breakfast was going to be an issue for the older gentleman sitting next to me in the aisle seat. He was French (“like FRENCH FRENCH” which is how we sometimes describe someone from France but not from Quebec). He and I didn’t exchange a single word during the entire flight but I […]

This past weekend Mark and I had the opportunity to stay overnight at Chalet Buckingham, a four-season chalet in Quyon, Quebec with a handful of other bloggy types.* A quick getaway in a gorgeous setting less than an hour from Ottawa? I’m in. It’s a very pretty drive from Ottawa and we were there before […]

I am not done writing about our trip out west! I didn’t want to skip over our visit to Jasper. This was one of my favourite stops, and if you ever find yourself planning a trip like ours (Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise) I definitely recommend including Jasper on that list even though it’s farther afield. […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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