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My Favorite Places of 2013

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time to reflect on some of my favorite travels from the past 365 days! 2013 marked an important shift here at Packed Suitcase. While I had started #TravelLocal adventuring in October 2012, this year I focused on it nearly exclusively. I’m determined to become the go-to […]

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Itinerary: 2 Days in Ottawa

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada’s capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn’t worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa’s just a brief plan ride from many North American cities, […]

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To Ottawa, With Love

Last week, I met a man on the train between Toronto and Ottawa. We exchanged the normal how-do-you-do’s, bonded over the unparalleled perks of VIA Rail business-class train travel and started to chat about our journey. When he discovered I was a travel blogger headed to Canada’s capital city, he furtively looked around the cabin […]

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Itinerary: 2 Days In Montreal

Montreal. How I’ve lived in Washington, DC, a mere 10 drive hours away, for 31 years without taking the time to visit this gem of a city is beyond me. It is, for lack of a more exciting or descriptive word… lovely. A true remedy for any American’s wanderlust. I wasn’t sure what to expect. […]

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French 101: La Fin

Mon dieu! My French 101 learning experience recently came to an end. After nearly 3 months of weekly classes, I’ll be the first to admit that I am far from fluent. But, the experience and effort was not for naught- I can proudly say that through the duration of the course I learned how to count […]

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Next Stop: Montreal

In a few short days, I pack up my car and embark on a Memorial Day weekend road trip. My destination? Montreal, Canada! For the past few years, I’ve been dreaming about Montreal. In my reverie, it represents a little piece of Europe right here in North America, with charming cobblestone streets, dim and seductive […]

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2012: A Look Ahead

A new year = a fresh start. At least, that’s my mantra du jour as we say farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012. Last week, I posted a look back at my travel adventures and achievements of 2011. Now’s the exciting part… looking ahead to the future! With some reflection, I’ve noticed that my years […]

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