Liebster Award 2016


Liebster Award

Up until last week,  I had never heard of the Liebster Awards . I did a little research it I found out that the Liebster Award is an online award given to new bloggers by other bloggers. My blog has been around for 6 months only so I’m very happy to be recognized by the travel blogging community. Thank you to the lovely Lindsay and her blog I’ve been bit

The Rules; there are flexible but here is what i found

After you receive a nomination and accept taking on the award you then must:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
  • Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
  • Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
  • Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominee
  • Notify the nominee
  1. How did you choose your blog name?

My blog’s name is Leila’s Passport. I definitely wanted to have my name in my blog just to make it more personal. And Passport because I actually have triple nationality so I have a lot of passport that I can use 🙂

  1. What’s one thing you find difficult in regards to blogging?

I started my blog 6 months ago and I realized that it is a lot of planning. Posting the pictures and writing the articles takes a lot more time than what I thought. Also, as a new blogger I’m looking for sponsorship and that is definitely very difficult.

  1. For a first time traveler, what destination would you suggest they go to and why?

I will say Europe. As a first time traveler you might be scared of adventure and most of the European countries have great tourism system and very easy accessible transportation system that makes travelling a lot smoother. And maybe go somewhere you speak the language so you are not completely scared if you get lost.

  1. What’s one thing you’d tell yourself when you first started to explore our planet?

As long as I remember I’ve been travelling but when I start to actually explore and not only travel and I was WOW . I had no idea we had all these amazing places on earth.

  1. How do you prefer to travel and why? Plane? Train? Automobile?

Plane . I live in Los Angeles so to go anywhere I need a plane. But to travel between cities in Europe for example train is a good idea. No Automobile since I get car sick.

  1. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten while travelling?

I ate Turtle Soup in New Orleans. Not my favorite

  1. What has been your most nerve-wracking trip to date?

I’m very organized because I don’t want to have any nerve-wracking moment. I recently went to Colombia and not that it was nerve-wracking but I didn’t know anybody that went there and I didn’t know what to expect at all.

  1. Have you ever traveled solo? If yes, tell me about it! If no, why not? Are you thinking about doing so in the future?

No I never traveled solo but I’m thinking about it more and more. I’m scared I will be bored if I travel solo since I’m a shy person. I really want to come out of my comfort zone so that’s actually one of my 2016 resolution – do a solo trip

  1. Name three things you’ve learned from travelling.

I learnt about the people I traveled with and that it the best way of really knowing somebody

I realized that it is the best way to learn. The best way , not boring way to learn about different countries, culture and their history.

I learnt to be less shy and go towards people and not be scared.

  1. Have you made any resolutions for 2016? Despite yes or no, what’s one thing you’ll promise to do this year?

As mentioned previously, I want to do a solo trip. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far but I want to experience and push myself to meet new people. I also want to post more about my travels and develop my blog.

  1. Where do you see yourself in a year?

I hope I will have a lot more travelling experiences under my belt and accomplished my 2016 resolution.

Thank you again Lindsay and it’s my turn now. I’m nominated Shanley Spence –

Here are my 11 questions for my nominee:

  1. What’s the most obscure thing you’ve seen abroad?
  2. Why do you travel?
  3. What is one international food dish you love to make or want to learn to make?
  4. Tell us about one of your BEST travel days.
  5. What can ruin a great travel experience?
  6. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
  7. Where’s your hometown and what’s the best thing about it?
  8. What is one of the best travel lessons you’ve learnt so far?
  9. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
  10. Why did you start blogging?
  11. What’s your next travel destination?
  12. What is your favorite quote?

I cannot wait to see your answers and see you pass on the award to other new bloggers.


Toronto, Montreal and Quebec

I decided to make the most of the Veterans Day and take a few days off around that national holiday and go to Toronto. As always, all the addresses are in a hyperlink and I’m adding pictures of all places.

Day 1:

Starting the visit to Toronto by going to Casa Loma Castle.  Every city needs its castle and Toronto’s one located on a hill is a masterpiece with its ostentatious masterpiece. More than the castle, I felt in love with its garden, so gorgeous and romantic.

For lunch, I headed to St Lawrence Market.

In the afternoon, you can wonder at the Distillery District which is full of galleries. I decided to stay there for dinner as they have amazing restaurants and bars. Make sure to try the Mexican restaurant El Catrin.

Day 2:

Let’s drive to Niagara Falls. It is about 2 hours drive from Toronto.

The Falls are breathtaking. Watching close to 750,000 gallons of water a second hurtle down the curved cliffs is very very impressive. Take the boat, maid of the mist, to go almost in the middle of the falls.  That boat ride is so much fun and definitely, a must do – be ready to get wet.

For lunch, I went to the only restaurant in front of the fall, Edgewater Tap & Grill. I’m not sure if one can have lunch with a better view.

A few Minutes away from the falls, there is the Whirlpool area with its cable cars. You can take the cable car to go over the Niagara River.

Finally, go to Gananoque to get the boat cruise for 1000 islands. The 1000 Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-US border. What a relaxing cruise and you get to see all those beautiful islands. It made me want to buy my own private island one day. After the cruise, take a walk in the city. They have one of the oldest theaters, the Playhouse Springer theater.

Day 3:

I drove to Montreal. It is just a few hours drive.

I visited the Vieux Montreal (old town). Walking in the old town made me feel like I’m in France. Go through the Rue des Artistes (Street of Artists) and seat down at one of the cafes at place Jacques Cartier. I had to try Poutine, which is their famous fries with a special sauce and I added sausage and bacon. The old town is also a good place to buy souvenirs.

At night, I started by going to the W Hotel Lounge the Wunderbar with its bright lights. You can then go towards the concert area and finish the night at one of the lively bars there.

Day 4:

I went to Quebec City from Montreal. It is again about 2 hours drive.

I went to the old town, a UNESCO designated world heritage treasure. You enter the old town bypassing the fortifications. Go up the fortifications to have a nice view of the city. The old town is very small. You will see a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River. For lunch, you should go to that steak and fries restaurant Entrecote Saint Jean. It is exactly like the Parisian famous restaurant Entrecote.

Since that was only a day trip, I decided to just stay in the old town and wander around.

Day 5:

Back in Toronto, If you are a hockey fan, don’t miss the hockey hall of fame.

I skipped that part and went to Kesington Market . They have the best sandwiches at Sanagan Meat Locker. Then, go to one of the cafes to have a beer. I went to the Last Temptation on Dundas St.. That street is full of vintage and hippie shopping stores.

I started the afternoon at the CN Tower. Toronto’s dazzling skyline is 1,815-foot tall. If you dare, you can go to the Glass Floor Room at 1,122 feet and the Sky Pod, which at 1,465 feet is the highest public observation area in the world.

From there, head to the waterfront. If the weather is not too windy is nice to walk around and stop at one of the restaurants for a drink.

Finally, take a ferry to go to Center Island. That island, a few minutes away from Toronto, is a classical weekend gateway for people. You can bike or even go to the beach. The island also has the oldest lighthouse. The only way to get to Center Island is by ferry. The Toronto Ferry Docks are located at the foot of Bay Street and Queen Quay

At night, head to little Italy. A good neighborhood for dinner and dessert.