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Travel Diaries: A Week in Instagrammable L.A by Didier Young

I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dreams and a cardigan a couple of weeks ago for a full week in Los Angeles. This marked my first time in the City of Angels and I won’t lie, I had mixed feelings about going there. Prior to any trip, I usually ask people who’ve travelled to my future destination for recommendations and it seemed that LA was a city that people either absolutely fell in love with or fully swore to never step foot in again. As it turned out, the city is often overtly glamourized by Hollywood and I feel that some people might have their preconceived ideas of LA shattered when they visit. That being said, the city is an interesting mix of highs and lows and it can be quite pleasant if you know exactly where to go. In today’s post, I’ll highlight some of my favourite spots and neighbourhoods in LA and quick mentions of how to enjoy the city in the best way possible.

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Travel Diaries: Six Things to do in Philadelphia by Didier Young

At the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to head over to Philadelphia for a couple of days to attend their annual Flower Show. This marked my first time in the Pennsylvanian city and I will be honest with you guys, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Philadelphia is not one of those cities that is overly romanticized like Paris and New York nor is it particularly known worldwide for anything other than cheese steak sandwiches, the liberty bell and Rocky. Here are some of the things to do if you’re even in the City of Brotherly Love and Sister Affection.

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Travel Diaries: My First Trip to Disneyland as an Adult by Didier Young

Childhood is a magical time in any human being’s life. It is a time of freedom from social pressures, a time of discovery and adventure and above all a time where our imaginations are allowed to roam free. As we grow older, the magic starts to dissipate. Of course, we still manage to find magic in other things that surround us but those moments are far more sparse. This year marked my first time at any of the Disney parks and while I was excited about finally realizing one of my childhood dreams, I still couldn’t help but wonder: will I feel the same kind of magic that lives in every child’s heart when they arrive in the land of Mickey?

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Travel Diaries: A Week in Jamaica with Air Transat by Didier Young

As someone who spent the first twenty years of his life on a small island in the Indian Ocean, I was super excited the day when I decided to move to Toronto. I never understood the fascination that everyone had about travelling to warm and exotic locations but after ten years in this icy tundra, I can totally understand the desire to travel somewhere warm during the colder months of the year. When Air Transat invited me to spend a week in Jamaica, I immediately started packing up my bags and a few weeks later I undertook the four hour flight to the sunny island.

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Travel Diaries: A Five Day Itinerary in The Florida Keys by Didier Young

I often mention how I love Toronto throughout every season. It is gorgeous in Fall, brisk in Spring, warm in Summer and magical in winter. However, I will admit that the drop in temperature and the promise of snow did hit hard this year so I was happy to pack up my bags to head to the Florida Keys for five days. While I did visit Miami earlier on this year, this marked my first time in the Keys and Key West, a place so south that the running joke is that it is closer to Cuba than a Walgreens. 

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Travel Diaries: Stockholm by Didier Young

A friend of mine was heading off to Stockholm this past week and asked me for some recommendations about the city. Since its been two years since my last trip to the Swedish city, I thought that it would be smart of me to pull up the blog post about Stockholm to share it with him. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had never done a blog post about one of my favourite cities in the world! Of course, I decided to remedy to the situation by sitting down, editing my trip photos (you’d be surprised how much of a difference two years can do to someone’s editing style) and putting together this travel diary about the most populous city in the Nordic Countries.

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Travel Diaries: Prince Edward County by Didier Young

Even though I grew up on a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean, I’ve always been happiest in big cities. However, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back from the concrete jungles and just head to a place with a slower pace. Toronto might be a metropolis in its own right but if you step into your car and drive off in any directing, within the hour you will find yourself in a completely different setting. With that in mind, the girls and I packed our bags and took a two hour drive to Prince Edward County.

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Travel Diaries: Miami by Didier Young

I was having lunch with the girls the other day and it turns out that we were all craving the same thing: travel. While we have all been to different locations recently, we never managed to go together so we figured that it was time to change that situation. By the end of day, our tickets were booked and two weeks later we packed our bags and headed to the Sunshine State, more specifically to Miami.


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The Skincare & Beauty Products that I Cannot Travel Without by Didier Young

Life truly does work in mysterious ways. Do you ever have something that you really want to do in the back of your mind but simply don't have the opportunity or time to do? That something was travelling for me. Although I’ve always envied my friends who were jetting from location to location, my previous job took too much of my personal time for me to be able to afford the luxury of travelling. Even though I’ve been a freelance blogger for two years now, I still had issues dedicating time to travelling until a few months ago when I started doing more press trips. 

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Travel Diaries: New York by Didier Young

Much like the late Frank Sinatra, I’ve wanted to be part of New York, New York for the longest time. Unfortunately due to some complicated logistics, I have never had the chance to step foot in the States in the nine years during which I’ve lived in Toronto, Canada. This May I decided to take matters in my own hand and booked my first trip to the Big Apple in an attempt to decipher the mysteries of the beloved city.

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Mont Tremblant and Armani's Acqua Di Gio Absolu by Didier Young

When Giorgio Armani decided to launch his first cologne Acqua Di Gio close to twenty years ago, the designer knew that he was taking a big risk. After all, he was the face of a brand known for its apparel and this first foray into beauty could either become a stepping stone or be a major flop. Luckily for him, Acqua di Gio turned out to be a massive commercial success and it is still the leading men’s fragrance on the market nowadays. To celebrate the launch of Acqua Di Gio Absolu, I was lucky enough to be invited to partake in a sensory experience in Mont Tremblant, Québec.

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24 hours In Montréal with Porter Airlines: New Instagrammable Spots by Didier Young

Out of all the Canadian cities, I am glad that I picked Toronto to be my home. Afterall, the city does offer a lot of opportunities and it is imbued with an intoxication energy that never fails to empower me. However, Montréal was a close second when it came down to finding myself a Canadian home. While the french city tugs at my heartstrings with its gorgeous architecture and food scene, unfortunately its winter was the ultimate factor that caused it to come second to Toronto. I try to visit as often as possible and when Sabrina suggested that we should go for a day trip to the city, we immediately booked our Porter flights.

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Travel Diaries: Copenhagen by Didier Young

The first time I went to Copenhagen was over a year and a half ago, slightly before the launch of www.didieryhc.com . The royal Danish city was a place that I was excited to cross off the top of my bucket list and even though my stay there was short, it was one of the most memorable trips of my life. I did not originally shoot the following images with a blog post in mind, however I recently stumbled upon them on my hard drive and I decided to freshen them up. My editing style has changed since then and it's fascinating to see how a little bit of extra saturation can truly bring an image to life. With that in mind, I am finally posting a photo diary of my favourite European city.

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Hotel Guide: Shangri-La Toronto by Didier Young

We all have those times when we start feeling a tad uninspired by our surroundings and feel the need for a change of scenery. At times, that simply means that I need to get out of the house, go for a walk and end up at a coffee shop with my computer. On other occasions, it requires a week long trip somewhere completely different to fully recharge my inspiration tank. However, time doesn't always permit such a luxury and when such a situation arises, one of the best options is to partake in a small staycation here in the city itself. With that in mind, I packed a small overnighter bag and headed over to the Shangri-La hotel.

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Travel Diaries: Paris by Didier Young

Bonjours Paris! Not unlike most people in the world, I had been daydreaming of visiting the capital of the country that puts such an incredible level of focus on good food and fashion for years. After a week long trip to London, I stepped on a two hour Eurostar train ride and arrived in the french capital. I was ready for four days of stripes, berets, baguettes, cheese and good wine.

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Travel Diaries: London (Part Two) by Didier Young

If you guys all remember, I had a little trip to London a while back and I even wrote a blog post about it. However, my week-long stay in the British capital was far too extensive to cover it all in one article and I promised a part deux to my London post which is now finally live. Two months later. Sorry guys. In part one, I talked about my love for the British culture and its rich architecture and part two will focus on some of the keys places that made my trip absolutely magical.

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Travel Diaries: London (Part One) by Didier Young

I grew up on a small island that is part of the Common Wealth and when I was old enough, I ended up packing my bags and moving to Canada. All throughout my life, I have been surrounded by the constant image of Queen Elisabeth II and most of my studies were done while following Cambridge’s schooling system. When I am not out and about at night for work events, you’ll usually find me cozied up while drinking tea, eating ginger snaps and rewatching The Crown or Downton Abbey in bed. I might as well be British. As such, it really wasn't much of a shocker when I decided to jet off to London on my latest trip to Europe.

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Travelling: Ten Beauty Products I Could Not Live Without by Didier Young

As we all know by now, I love skincare.  Growing up, my mother always put such a big emphasis on properly taking care of our skin, whether it was with the constant reapplication of sunscreen when we were at the beach or going to see the dermatologist when I got my first zit. I was lucky to have her guidance in figuring out which types of products I needed and she was always quite generous in making sure that I was fully stocked up in skincare. The more I aged, the more products I started adding to my daily routine but as I am getting myself ready to embark on a two week trip to Europe, I realized that I couldn't travel with all the products that I love. As such, I decided to narrow it down to ten products, new and old, that I simply couldn't live without.

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Travel Diaries: Montreal by Didier Young

When I arrived to Canada in 2009, I landed in the city of Toronto, the fast paced and commerce oriented capital of Ontario. Years later, I can now call this city a home that I cherish and love. I am by all means a Torontonian. However, sometimes I do feel a slight bit of ennui in the city and when this happens, I usually head off to La Belle Province to the beautiful city of Montreal. I recently took a spontaneous trip to the highly European influenced city for the brief duration of two days, spending a full day of simply strolling around the city and stopping by cafés and cute independent stores.

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