Travel Destination: Senegal

Dakar - Park of Remembrance

Dakar – Park of Remembrance

Never been to West Africa before? Why don’t you start by visiting Senegal? Senegal is an excellent choice for a first trip in West Africa. You will be able to discover a diversified culture, friendly people and amazing landscapes.

The city of Dakar is well known all over the world as a host place for international exhibitions, conferences and entertainment activities. During our journey, we visited museums and monuments while enjoying relaxing time at the beach. For those who like to enjoy the night life, you will find a vibrant scene out there.

Dakar - IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar – IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar - African Renaissance Monument

Dakar – African Renaissance Monument

Dakar - Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar – Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar - Little Buddha Lounge

Dakar – Little Buddha Lounge

All along the coast, Dakar is board by islands accessible to the public by boat (cost may vary depending the destination) such as Madeleine National Park, Ngor and Gorée.

Madeleine Island National Park

Madeleine Island National Park

Ngor Island

Ngor Island

Gorée Island

Gorée Island

To visit others cities, the smart choice will be to take a mini-bus (12 to 14 people) available at bus stations. The bus is the cheaper way but it is very less comfortable. From the station Baux Maraichers, we went to the city of Saint-Louis.

Saint-Louis - Oceanfront

Saint-Louis – Oceanfront

Saint-Louis - Langue de Barbarie National Park

Saint-Louis – Langue de Barbarie National Park

Some destinations are not accessible by public transportation or it could take you too much time to get there. In this case, it is recommended to opt for a private taxi (do not hesitate to negotiate the price). This is how we went to Bandia Nature Park for a safari tour and also enjoy a race in desert at Lac Rose.

Bandia Nature Park

Bandia Nature Park

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose

Lac Rose

Let’s conclude on a foodie note to mention our favorite Senegalese dish: the Tiep Bou Dienn. This is the national dish of Senegalese cuisine and it is made of rice, fish, tomato sauce and vegetables. During our stay, we always ordered local drinks such as bissap juice (extract from hibiscus) or corossol juice.

Tiep Bou Dienn

Tiep Bou Dienn and Corossol Juice

For more info about Senegal or to prepare your trip, visit Senegalese Agency for Tourism Promotion website.

Strangers in the night Gourmet Gala

The 12th annual Strangers in the Night Gourmet Gala brought together over 4,000 supporters of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and raised almost 500,000$ in June 2016.

strangers in the night

It was an evening of delicious food along with a variety of live performances to celebrate and support Starlight’s work. Over 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors were participating to delight the guests.

strangers in the night

vegan sushi

seafood

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. The foundation organizes several fundraising activities during the year to improve the health and life of kids and families.

The upcoming event is the Pure Protein Night Race and will be held from August to September across the country. Find all the details at nightrace.ca and learn more about the Foundation at starlightcanada.org.

Travel Destination: Israel

Akko - Sea Port

Acre – Sea Port (Akko)

Summer is about good memories, sun and fun! Israel gives you more than that with his unique historical and cultural background. We deeply fall in love with this country which is easy to visit and rich with his diversified population. We met warm and welcoming people around the country which makes the journey incredible.

Haifa - Baha'i Gardens

Haifa – Baha’i Gardens

Nazareth - St Gabriel Church

Nazareth – St Gabriel Church

Tiberias - Sea of Galilee

Tiberias – Sea of Galilee

Within 10 days, we were able to visit a couple of city by using bus and train transportation: Haïfa, Acre, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Ein Gedi and much more. To prepare our journey, we bought a Lonely Planet guide book and did some research on Google. Also, we decided to book an apartment on Airbnb instead of a hotel room to embrace local daily lifestyle. Moreover, to be sure to have the best fares, we booked our flight tickets more than 3 months prior the departure on Air France website.

Ein Bokek - Dead Sea

Ein Bokek – Dead Sea

Ein Gedi - Wadi David Waterfall

Ein Gedi – Wadi David Waterfall

Jerusalem - Dome of Rock

Jerusalem – Dome of Rock

Kafr Cana - Cana Church

Kafr Cana – Cana Church

On top of the highlights of our stay, we have to let you know that the local food is delicious! It was very easy to find a place to eat but it was difficult to decide where to go. Most of the restaurants are generously rated and have good comments on Tripadvisor. Even by using HappyCow to filter vegan and vegetarian places, it remained a challenge for us to select just one! Among the restaurants we have tried in Tel Aviv, let’s mention Lima Nippo for fancy dinner and Benedict for brunch.

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Also, here are some must-eat during your stay in Israel: watermelon and cream at any snack bar along the beach (this is how watermelon is eaten in Israel!), fresh made hummus (Ali Caravan Abu Hassan is the number one in Tel Aviv), falafel pita, middle east pastries and Mediterranean breakfast. Find more pictures on our Instagram account.

Tel Aviv - Banana Beach

Tel Aviv – Banana Beach

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

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Middle East Pastries @ Acre Turkish Bazaar (Akko)

For more info about Israel or to prepare your upcoming stay, visit Israel Travel website.