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My recent visit to Northern Canada

map-of-canada-and-parksMy visit to the Northern part of Canada was by far one of the best entertainment trips I have ever been to across the world. Part of my hobbies and goals in life is to visit various destinations all over the world and to meet new people and learn new ways of life as well. To be honest being from British Columbia I had never ventured farther up than Prince George…

To be specific, North Canada was a good choice for national park tourism since the Country is well known for its diversity when it comes to animal life and ecosystems as well. Apart from their excellent weather, citizens, and food, their national parks are also one of the hidden treasures that one may discover when visiting the country. I was fascinated by all the different biodiversity in animals and I was even able to capture the footage on my high-tech handheld devices.

How I used my drone

To be specific, I recently purchased a drone, which I have been using to capture footage and just having fun when at home. I was not really in full compliance with the local regulations to be honest but managed to get a few good shots from my flight sessions.

This thing comes with a broad spectrum of design features that makes it ideal for capturing footage in various strategic locations. I decided to carry mine along on my trip to Canada, and I was simply amazed by the excellent functionality that this thing had to offer for my unique drone vidéo 4k footage capturing needs. The image quality was clear, and I was even able to upload the captured footage later on to my computer for access. The added benefit was that I did not need to change the batteries for new one, in fact, all I needed to do was to place the device in an electrical socket for additional power.

What I enjoyed in the tour

From the sandy beaches, glacial lakes, lush vegetation and the pristine weather, I was able to encounter these types of scenarios first hand, and I was even able to capture the footage on camera as well. As a student, its was not only important to me that I record the events on live camera, but it was also important that I document it in writing as well.

The Rocky Mountains, the untamed wilderness and the immense biodiversity that is available in the country, this was truly one of the most exciting moments in life. Not only did I get to see some of the highly rated ecosystems and environments in the world, but I also got the opportunity to learn a lot from y entire journey as a student when visiting North Canada National Parks.

On top of that, a significant portion of my time in the area was documented using my drone that comes with a high-powered camera along with excellent aerodynamic functionalities as well. For this reason, I have a full diary of my entire activities during my visit to the various national parks in Canada, and I enjoyed myself during the tour. Canada has excellent a unique ecosystem and environment as well, thereby making it one of the most famous travel destinations for students who want to learn more about the country.

Recapping the latest fashion trends in u.s. 2016

So far, 2016 has proved to be quite an interesting year for fashion. While shopping for new trends has always been the norm when it comes to fashion, 2016 has shown that old pieces can still be worn albeit in fresh ways.

All it takes to pull off a classic look sometimes is a little upgrade and below, we take a look at some of the latest fashion trends in the U.S, to help you stay on top of things. Indeed, this year’s style scene has a unique look about it as you will learn.

#1. Victorian-inspired dresses:

The immortal romanticism of the Victorian era is back. Indeed, the Alexander McQueen Summer 2016 fashion show managed to single-handedly usher in a new era in the world of fashion and while at it, create an entire movement altogether.

The throwback, whimsical dresses are defined by subtle, yet classical laces and childish ruffles – similar to those you’ve seen in classic movies set in the Victorian era. With this, you can also expect bows and blouses to make a huge comeback in the near future.

#2. Exciting pins:

Bring out your playful side by wearing fun-filled attire pins, which have been currently trending especially among celebrities.
The pins not only add a sophisticated, yet playful touch to your clothing, but also bring out your lighthearted alter-ego while at it.

The best part, though, is the pins can be worn on virtually anything; from snapback hats to blazer lapels. It is a trending look that has been creating the entire buzz lately and worth noting is, there is a pin for absolutely everyone.

#3. Patchwork patterns:

live-tyler-patchwork-styleIf you got a chance to witness just how amazing Liv Tyler’s attire was at a recent event honoring Stella McCartney, you will certainly agree that patchwork patterns are the way to go. The somewhat folksy style is defined by a tailor-made denim touch without feeling too plain or sloppy.

It works particularly well on boots, jeans, shirts and just about any fabric you can think of. The patchwork pattern-dressing movements are surely on an upward trajectory and by next year, expect every celebrity hitting the red carpet in one of these to feel like a winner.

#4. Baby lights:

For the longest time now, we have always wanted to have smooth and soft skin similar to that of a baby. However, most fashion-heads now certainly want baby-soft skin and hair to go along.

While brightly colored hair was the in-thing last year, most people are currently looking to get in touch with their youthful side by going for the naturally mild hair color synonymous with that of the young.

In short, baby lights are a viable way of lightening your locks without necessarily having to make a color commitment. They bear a natural feel and ultimately, leave your hair looking fresh and soft. They will go with virtually any attire in your wardrobe too!

In a nutshell, the above fashion trends should keep you ahead of the pack not only for this year, but a better part of next year as well.

My Passion for Outdoors and Camping Tents

There are all kinds of hobbies out there that people enjoy. One of the most popular is going camping and it is one of my favorite. Naturally as a Canadian, we have plenty of great outdoor spots we can enjoy anytime of the year. Whether being used for team-building, building a bond between family members, on vacation, or just being an excuse to reconnect with nature, many people like going camping. One of the most important items to take for the trip is the tent. However, not all tents are equal. There are many different types and kinds of various needs and environments. Keep reading to learn more about them so that you can find the best tent for you.

mountain biking breakSome tents are available for different numbers of people. Whether you are going camping alone, taking the a few friends or even taking a huge family, there is a tent out there that can fit your needs easily. You can find one that is just for one person. You can also find them for multiple people, such as 2-, 3-, and even up to 10-person tents. You can also get the bigger tents even if it’s just you or a few people if you need extra storage for your supplies.

Materials are also important, as the different types of tents are made with different materials that offer various types of protection. Polyester, canvas, and nylon are some of the most popular. Polyester works best in prolonged sunny areas, canvas is the heaviest and most durable, and nylon is the lightest for mild climates.

There are different shapes available, too. One of the most popular is the dome shape because they are easy to assemble and disassemble thanks to their often flexible poles. You can find these as small as 2-person size all the way up to 9-person size.

Square cabin tents are also a popular choice for outdoor trips. They are one of the best options for base and established campgrounds. This simple design is a very comfortable option due to its high ceilings, vertical walls, and rigid structure. Due to the extra space for everything from cots to chairs, they are perfect for large group or family trips.

bonfire in the outdoorsHoop tents are also a pretty attractive option for a couple of reasons. While putting them up requires pegs and knots, the spacious interior and headroom can be worth it. The arched shape outside also allows rain and snow to fall off.

If it is assembled correctly, the tunnel tent is one of the most reliable options for a camping trip. This one has poles that run its entire length. It also offers a lot of headroom and space inside. The main durability and construction of this tent are to be pitched if there are sudden high winds.

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to finding your ideal camping tent. You need to consider the type of material, the number of people going on the trip, along with how many supplies you plan on bringing, where you plan to camp, and the type of climate you can expect where you camp.
For the latest news and reviews on camping tents, make sure you follow What Camping Tent on Facebook or on their Twitter page. Mark is a really nice guy and he can be trusted when it comes to tents!

The Rise of Streetwear in Perth

Streetwear was born by the surfer and skater community providing that laid back DIY aesthetic to their peers. This small production and distribution rate created the ingredients of Perth streetwear – T-shirts and exclusivity. This style of clothing has now been gobbled up by a huge array of cultures that associate their whole style with being unique and one-of-a-kind.

streetwear brand in Perth10 years ago, you would be walking around Perth city wondering when are these grey walls and oblong buildings akin to a stack of shoeboxes that used to contain hush puppies going to make way for something exciting and different? Perhaps even interesting and vibrant? From a glance, the people walking the streets would range from business men and women, to Nautica toting, Air max reppin’ street taggers to the emo/ goth pale faced shadow keepers. There were the normal kids too, who had a sneaking obsession for the V-neck shirt, and a hidden love for the colour Salmon, but what you saw wasn’t enough to say “This city has some style”. Being the most isolated capital city in the world, it used to take Perth what seemed like eons for new fashion trends and garments to get here. A casual inhabitant of cities like Melbourne and New York would probably look at Perth and not even be able to remark with “That was so last year”, but “What the hell, we burnt all of those clothes 5 years ago in the fashion riots.”

The past 10 years have seen Perth grow as an unbelievably refined city with its own culture and what seems like a foot ahead of the world in streetwear and alternative clothing. However, let’s not forget that in those 10 years social media has grown out of thin air like candy floss onto a stick, making us a gloablised society where we have the ability for anyone with an internet connection to see what urban styles people are exhibiting and flauntin’ at their fingertips. This means fashion is not spread just by the big wigs in the industry, but by the people to the people right across the globe.

clothing for PerthiansPerth has a scene that is constantly evolving and creating new ways to wear threads in the streets. With the rise and rise of smaller boutique brands, the inhabitants of Perth now have greater choice of how they want to rep themselves. Making genuine Perth streetwear is a developing Business and a serious one for many locals. This fresh new community of streetwearers are hungry for new apparel with fresh linings and hip pockets. The Perth streets are slowly coming out of its shell and moving in a progressive artistic manner. As impulsive as shopping can be we (the “streetwear consumer”) seek out these niche providers of awesomeness finding local top quality goods. Finding these goods are becoming exceedingly easier as the City of undergoes a huge transformation with the Northbridge to City link. This will open up a huge amount of foot traffic to Northrbridge (home to some of Perth’s best boutique streetwear shops) from the City and create more shops that could house the next best thing in Perth’s streetwear scene.

With all these developments, Perth is set to be one of the leaders in the alternative and streetwear scene that will be the envy of many a city across the globe. Let’s let the streets run ramped with young folk getting around in an assortment of fresh kick’s and suave new threads. It’s time to brighten the concrete walls that surround our beloved Perth streets using the power of the people and the rise of street art and the streetwear community. A little company called Soul Provider Clothing Co is keen to drive the streetwear movement in Perth and get this city as Cool as a Q-cumber in a jug of gin.

Working Holiday Visa Experience in Australia

It’s been already one or two weeks that I received the message in my mailbox, but I didn’t have time to shoot you guys an update. I will be flying soon to Australia with my Visa Vacances Travail Australie as we say in French Canadian aka the land of crazy animals and beautiful sunshine.

Sydney Opera HouseThus, my application for a Working Holiday Visa has just been approved by the Australian immigration department!

The working holiday visa (or Working Holiday Visa) allows young people to go, live, work and study for a year in Australia.
It allows to work for the same employer for a maximum period of 6 months and a four months maximum study period.

The working holiday visa explained:

Conditions for obtaining this visa

– Residing outside Australia at the time of the request
– Having between 18 and 30 years included
– Not having dependent children
– Being able to justify 5,000 Australian dollars of resources
– Having a valid passport
– Not having already used a VVT
– Not having submitted a visa application more than 12 months before the scheduled departure date.

The process

The application must be made directly online on the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government.

In June 2015, the cost of obtaining a visa is 420 Australian dollars.

Delays in obtaining and the period of validity of the working holiday visa

Diving the great barrier reefThe lead time of the visa can vary between 48 hours to up to four weeks after lodging the application (depending on the information provided by the applicant).
After being granted a working holiday visa, you have up to a year to enter the Australian territory.

Once your visa is “activated”, it is valid for one year.

Renewing your working holiday visa for a second year.

You must prove that you have worked at least three months in rural Australia (Regional Australia)
N.B.: the States located in the South – including the capital city Adelaide is categorized as part of rural Australia. This is a big advantage compared to the States from the East Coast of Australia!

Leaving the country.

You are free to get out of Australia as many times as you want during your working holiday visa. This is the perfect opportunity to make a tour to Bali or New Zealand, for example!

Health insurance

Regardless of the type of visa you have, tourist visa, working holiday, student visa, it is necessary to subscribe an international health insurance prior to your departure.
It will cover your medical expenses, repatriation, liability during your stay in Australia.

International driving license.

It is required to drive in Australia. To obtain such a licence, contact the closest Australian Embassy.

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Road Trip to Naples and the surrounding area

This trip, I was dreaming for years. Pompei. Positano. Procida. Ravello. Capri. Amalfi. Napoli… The simple pronunciation of these syllables made me the effect of a map pastries in a tea room. If you followed me on Instagram these fifteen days, you know that my stay in Italy has been beyond my expectations. I filled scents of glycine, orange blossom, Citron, of olive oil, and pines. I put the blue in my retina for the next six months. And pastels washed by the foam of the waves and the Sun at its zenith.

An idyllic journey which I will deliver each step in the coming days. You then call the itinerary of your dreams by skipping some places either by lengthening the journey here or there. Radius hotel, affordable places with nights has mixed in five breathtaking stars. We have not stayed in all luxury hotels we visited. Sometimes, it there had just lunch or taking a drink. And I will try to offer to you at every stage, cheaper alternatives. This trip, we can do bag backpack and homestay. I feel too old for it and probably too snobbish I admit (again a sign of advanced age I imagine). So I preferred to save on flight booking a Paris-Naples via Easy Jet for several months in advance. It allowed us to grill the blue card for a few nights in hotels of crazy.

Graffiti in Melbourne Australia

Hello Guys,

I just got back from Australia last week where I spent a month traveling along the East coast from Cairns down to Melbourne.
This is such a vibrant country and I wanted to share this documentary teaser about the evolution of graffiti in Melbourne

Should You Invest in Real Estate in The US?

When I talk to friends about my real estate investments in the US, I often get many questions because the investment takes a little off the beaten path. It is very cost effective; yet, few people wish to cross the course and seriously consider the matter. That’s why I took the time to tell my experience, returning to my investments and I hope you will give the keys to invest successfully.

First what are the risks?

First of country risk and the currency risk with the mighty dollar. It is a risk to look for in this type of investment and the United States are a stable democracy, the rule of law … This is not free of its own fiscal imbalances.

The risk of any real estate and rental market. Prices are historically attractive, all ratios rent or buy show in the US but all real estate investing involves risks and rates are artificially low. If a further rise in prices, a slower pace, probably, it is not certain, especially if unemployment was back at the same time that the rates.

“It is important to focus on employment areas and growing population”

The evolution of rents is also subject to question, many US funds have spent billions of dollars to turn foreclosures in apartment houses, which could generate excess supply (not out yet). Then there is always the risk of defaulters, even if one expels five weeks. Therefore prefer attractive areas: employment areas to growing population for the liquidity and rental demand. Florida and Georgia are both markets that I find most attractive today.

Then legal risk, since the United States is the country of lawyers and trial, with very costly procedures, damages “extravagant” according to European standards. It is therefore necessary to ensure civil liability, but any insurance is capped and the risk is never zero. It is strongly recommended to establish a company on site to guard against any attack on the rest of your heritage.

Natural hazards (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) more common in the US than in Europe for example, but insurable.

To succeed, it is best to get help from local real estate experts

Before you make a move, you should look for a way to get help before to invest several thousand dollars in a property. I made contact with a local realtor first with whom I had shared contacts.

I highly recommend going through a learned intermediary, ideally having himself invested locally. Indeed it will allow you to buy “key”. You can save time and money and …

– Invest in preselected for their intrinsic quality goods
– Invest in dynamic locations (beware, there are great disparities between US states)
– Put you in touch with reliable local partners, lawyer, accountant, rental manager …
– Helping you daily in your efforts, which can be a little difficult if you are alone
– Advise you on your tax return, your bank account opening in the United States.

Through an intermediary allows you to secure your investment and be guided step by step in your efforts to become owner. For my first investment, this is my way there who advised me. I bought a house in Tampa, Florida, which was quickly renovated and rented at the advertised price, no surprises. Between the time of closing (August 16, 2011) and the first rent (October 2011), he spent six weeks in spite of a major renovation (American efficiency in action!).

Answers to common questions:

Should I go to the USA to invest?

Invest in a real estate property in the USAThis is not mandatory; with internet, you can do it remotely. The important thing is to have someone you trust locally. This is the solution I chose but if you can go, it’s as well (you can even deduct your flight from your taxes in the United States).

What will happen if my tenant does not pay?

US law is more favorable to the owners that the French law. If your tenant does not pay, he will be deported in a few weeks. You can relet the property in stride.

These houses are not fragile? What risks during cyclones?

The perception of foreigners is often biased, US goods are quite solid. There is a risk of cyclones over some areas like Florida or Alabama but it is covered by insurance, with a compensation value often exceeds the value of the home (in my case, I made sure to double the purchase price).

Real estate has risen since 2010, is it still time to buy?

Indeed, US real estate has taken the value and it is real. But we are still very far valuations before the crash. In the specific case of my investment in Tampa, my gain is now 20%, but the price is right back to the level of 2002 and another 50% as its highest in 2007.

The Power of Street Art

Street art also unknown art urban art is a form of contemporary art movement. Street art gathers all forms of art produced in the street or in public places, and including various methods such as graffiti, graffiti stencils, stickers, posters, video projection, light installations or even ceramics.

Streeet Art Poster

Street-art sprinkles the visual universe of large cities. They can be found on walls, sidewalks, and streets, parks, buildings and even monuments. The term street art is also used to differentiate an artistic form of a territorial movement punctuated by vandalism and lawlessness. Although street art is not always legal, artistic value is unquestionable and increasingly in demand. The motivations driving these “street-artists” to perpetrate their art are just as varied as the number of artists themselves.

The desire to be subversive, to provoke, to represent what everyone thinks down is the cause of this current and the street is the widest and most powerful place for this purpose because of its visibility.

Some street artists simply see the environment as a vast blank canvas and most inspiring, while others are simply motivated by the risks encountered when working illegally at a given location. Now better known to the public, street-art is observed from everywhere around the world. This is particularly the case in Berlin Germany, Melbourne Australia and Sao Paulo in Brazil. These three places are, for still unclear reasons, the most prolific areas of the street art spots where we can observe several major works of leaders street artists who are breathtaking.

Street Art Graffiti 2

That being said, all the walls of all the cities of the world can become the perfect canvas for a street artist. Simply push the limits! All major cities have tasted medicine street-art. Paris, London, Bristol, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Chicago, San Francisco and of course, New York which is often the scene of gigantic projects, combining activism and protest.

Urban art has been refined over time. Starting from being simple graffiti, it became much greater by the use and juxtaposition of various techniques, unusual materials and became more committed than ever. In this regard, several classes of street artists emerged during the last decade.

Graffiti Banksy

Bringing together a wide variety of artists (designers, photographers, stencil artists, painters, graffiti, etc.), their mission is now very accurate. They work to bring street art and activists together in order to regain control of cities held so far by politicians, police and businessmen who define what public space is supposed to be used for, meaning their own benefit instead of thinking of their people and the artists surrounding them.

Graffiti Street Aart Activism

Most of the groups work together for specific causes such as September 11, wars all over the world, social condition in prisons, mass media, the uncertainty future and so on. In their minds, we live in a world full of lies and by producing forms of art that expose this fact, we shall find the truth at last! They are against oppression, injustice and contempt; they fight for the poor, the rights of gay, women and elderly people. Responsible for a variety of works in the form of posters, graffiti, prints and paintings, they hit straight to the point to make the population think and react.

These examples of street art represent well the essence and magnitude of the movement of urban art, and allow us to better understand their motivations and ideologies.

Visit Paris and Discover The City With Paris Tours

Just landed in Paris and want to visit the capital, awesome!

Taking a guided tour and do the “10 best places of the capital”? No please do not do that!

Obviously Paris without the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre is not really Paris. But be confined only to these places would be too simplistic and you would miss a lot trust me.

Paris by the Seine RiverThe main error of a tourist or a traveler passing through Paris is to concentrate only their visit in the capital to famous monuments and neighborhoods which lists the main attractions. Visit Paris in 2CV, not only visit the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Immerse yourself in Parisian life, it is also exploring its picturesque neighborhoods and to meet Parisians. The mound quail, the Marais and Place des Vosges, the district of Place Monge and Rue Mouffetard, Maubert neighborhood, docks Saint-Martin, the Indian district of “Little India” around the Passage Brady or Chinatown of the 13th district are places not to be missed if you want to see Paris otherwise. Do not forget to take a tour of the major parks and gardens that make up the capital. (Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Montsouris, Buttes Chaumont, Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne)

In summer stroll in the evening on the Quai Saint-Bernard near the Arab World Institute and participate in a session of salsa on the esplanade Jussieu. This is the best place to meet and chat with Paris in the summer. Conducted from early June to late August, the salsa nights docks seine occur free every day from 19h to 23h30 in an idyllic setting and atmosphere “good child.” The event takes place outdoors, the salsa evenings the Seine are canceled in case of rain. Paris live otherwise is to also experience life in neighborhoods of the capital.

Thanks to the presence of unique sites, Paris every year hundreds of film shoots in more than 5000 sites and natural scenery. Among the best known films that were shot in Paris include: Amélie Poulain, Le Petit Nicolas, Rush Hour 3, The Devil Wears Prada, Midnight in Paris, the scum of Days, Cookie.

Visit Paris differently

paris_seine_by_mdc01957-d50t7d4 Visit Paris differently and discover the filming locations of your favorite through pedestrian strolls through Paris films. These walks and cinema journey you will visit the neighborhoods and unexpected places in Paris. We have gathered the filming locations of the major films shot in Paris to discover during a trip to the capital. Other courses film more focused on the theme of a particular film are available on the Golf theater in the city of Paris site.

There are a thousand and one ways to visit Paris. While most tourists or visitors passing through Paris opted for classic Paris tours (including the main monuments of Paris), be aware that there are many ways to explore and discover Paris otherwise. Paris has many neighborhoods and a multitude of monuments more or less unknown to the general public that richly deserve to be discovered with a walk or a weekend in Paris.

The mode of transport plays a major role in the approach visits Paris. Opt for a visit of Paris on board an original Citroen 2cv change your viewing angle different neighborhoods and landmarks of the capital.

Visit Paris in “deudeuche” will give you the unique opportunity to discover Paris otherwise. So, take cyclo to Paris will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of the streets of Paris with the added explanation of a private guide. Even if they are not tour guides in the proper sense of the term, 2cv drivers are above all Parisians. Everyone knows in outline the history of the monuments of Paris and the nooks and crannies and atypical areas of the capital.