Spending a week in Kona with a guy about to race the most difficult race in the world was a privilege, and also mildly stressful. The dynamics between the wide assortment of characters we had with us in The Entourage was definitely well...dynamic. Between fiancés, family, friends of all types, and the race itself there were definitely moments that were interesting, and entertaining.
Sundays in Barcelona are a bit sleepy, but that's not to say that there is a shortage of awesome things to do. While many of the smaller shops are closed, this is your chance to sleep in, eat excessively, and do things you would only do on a Sunday.
This is one of those amazing finds in any city, and Copenhagen has one of the best of the best. The Torvehallerne Market in central Copenhagen is a place to find the freshest produce, have a great cup of coffee, sip the afternoon away at one of the wine vendors, and have a smørrebrød open face style sandwich in the traditional Danish style while sipping on the local Mikkeller draft on a picnic table outside the market.
Over coffee at the revered Coffee Collective in Copenhagen's über-hip Nørrebro neighbourhood, a former lawyer turned green energy broker explains to me and my American-Icelandic travel buddy that only a few years prior to this 2014 visit, Nørrebro was known for shootings and drug pushers. Some of the seedy underbelly is still visible in the neighbourhood around the crux street Jægersborggade in which we are sitting in the perfect afternoon sun.
Places to Sleep
Sometimes the water runs freely like an amazon rain shower and other times it trickles out like the worst kind of drought. It's a small detail but one that I am mindful of.
My entire experience at Hotel Gault was exceptional. This 30 room boutique hotel in the heart of Old Montreal is close to some great dining, the Basilica Notre Dame, and a short walk/ride to the rest of Montreal. The service here is 5 star, and the rooms themselves are luxuriously inspiring from a visual standpoint.
Hotel 10, formerly The Opus Montreal, is one of the few hotels in Le Plateau, and certainly one of the best (if not the best) one available in this hip part of town. Modern touches and big showers adorn the rooms, and you're a short walk from great eats and shopping, or a $15 cab from pretty much anywhere you might find your self in the main part of Montreal.
The rooms are Vegas chic and are guaranteed by us not to be too corporate and stuffy. This is a great spot to start and end your day in Montreal.
While perennial hipster favourites like The Drake Hotel, and The Gladstone are located further west on Queen Street near Dufferin, the Beverley is squeezed between top tier retail near Spadina, close to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, the Umbra Store, and the former Much Music studio.
Places to Eat
It's not in every city that I have a "go to" sushi restaurant, and Toronto certainly doesn't conjure up images of fresh seafood and impeccably prepared sushi, but Canada's biggest city happens to be home to one of my favourite sushi restaurants in the world.
There is something particularly special about the town of Nelson, British Columbia. Creativity oozes out of every brick wall, every ceiling tile, and every crack in the floorboards of this town. It is a visual place, a creative place, and a place where music is revered.
This is arguably one of the best lunch places in Penticton. It's so uncool that it might actually become — god forbid — cool, but that's not the point. Everything here is done in a very traditional and methodical way. Here you'll find some of the best bread to take home, and lunch to eat in anywhere in town, and there's something delightful about how out of the way it is.