A Travelling Mosaic

Welcome to Mosaic Event & Travel Management and our blog about some of our favourite travel topics

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7 reasons to visit Banff in the Winter

This year we decided to try winter camping with our new trailer. There are a handful of campgrounds open in the provincial and national parks but we’ve pretty much stuck to Banff Tunnel Mountain campground since it’s right in town so there’s restaurants and attractions. So far we have lucked out, choosing reasonably warm weekends, which has allowed us to get out during the day and enjoy the town. And we are really enjoying it! Here’s what I’ve discovered: I love being out in the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park in the summer – the camping, the hiking, the amazingly blue-green lakes, the long days of clear sunny skies, the crisp nights by the campfire, I could go on for pages… But I love the town itself in the winter! Strolling along Banff Avenue through a flurry of soft snowflakes, with a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate, is much more chill (‘scuse the pun) than attacking the pavement amid the flurry of tourists and buses that fill the main street in the summer. And the smaller crowds make it easier to get in to your favourite restaurant or bar. The deep snowbanks mean donning your snow boots but, along with the frosted evergreens and glistening icicles, they give the town a romantic story-book quality and provide a great base for winter sports. And there’s nothing like sitting in the Banff Hot Springs with steam crystallizing on your eyelashes. Continue reading


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High Speeds at Cedar Point: Invest in the Fast Lane

“Ya… That’ll never get old!” That was the sentiment D expressed with a wide grin as we came to a screeching halt at the end of our 4th run on Top Thrill Dragster, one of only 2 strata-coasters (400+ feet tall) in the world. Top Thrill, the 1st roller coaster to break the 400 ft. mark, among other records, rocketed us from 0 to 193 KPH in under 4 seconds. And Millennium Force, a giga-coaster (300+ feet) that set 6 world records when it opened and remains in the top 10 fastest coasters, took us up to 150 KPH by the bottom of the 310 ft drop that opens the ride. Continue reading

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A New Orleans Education

In September I attended the CMP Conclave in New Orleans. The city has long been on our list of places to visit so D and I booked an extra week’s vacation before the conference started. I learned a great deal while in New Orleans, and I’m not talking about the educational sessions at the conference! For starters, I learned that New Orleans has a lot to offer, in addition to Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, and world-famous food. Here’s a list of just a few my favourite edifications:
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