Nun for a Weekend: Quebec City’s Le Monastere des Augustines

Looking for a hotel in Quebec City for a weekend getaway? Traditional options abound but if you want a unique experience, consider a stay at Le Monastere des Augustines, a renovated historical monastery with a wellness mission. I embraced its quiet elegance, artfully designed to soothe the mind and ignite the soul.

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The renovation of Le Monastere thoughtfully combined the old with the new. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase LLC

Fear of the Unknown

I didn’t know what to expect when I checked into a monastery for a weekend getaway in Quebec City. Would a gaggle of nuns circle me in the lobby and start singing, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cathy?” as in the Sound of Music. Or, worse, would I be stripped naked and escorted to my room in a shameful walk of atonement like Cersei in Game of Thrones? Continue reading

Top 3 Ways to Get Back to Nature in Tenerife

If you’re heading to Tenerife this year or next, don’t be tempted to stay by the beach or spend your week lazing on a sunbed by the pool. Instead, get out there and discover the best of the island and its many wonderful, natural attractions. Check out Wikitravel on Tenerife to read up on this cracking Canary Island and for some great ideas on how to enjoy the great outdoors.

Flickr image by Leo-setä.

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