You may remember last year I posted a ton of photos from my trip to Rome, which was the destination of my dad's annual work trip that year. This year the trip was to Banff, Canada, which in my opinion isn't quite as exciting, but it was really nice nonetheless. Sometimes it's nice to go somewhere that you wouldn't normally choose to go on your own. Even though it mostly consists of mountains and lakes, I thought it was beautiful despite not being much of an outdoorsy person.
For the first part of the trip, we stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs, which is a huge castle looking hotel that sits right in the mountains. All of the interior design is super old and really makes you feel like you've been transported to another time. There are so many rooms that I often found it pretty difficult to navigate back to my own. The hotel is actually haunted as well, if you believe in all that. People have claimed to have seen ghosts wandering around and the eighth floor is especially creepy. There's a blank space in between two rooms where a room used to be until a family was murdered in it. People still stayed in it for a bit after that but would hear screaming in the middle of the night and see bloody handprints on the mirror, so they boarded it up. The hotel staff isn't really even allowed to talk about it. That sort of thing freaks me out quite a bit and it didn't help that I spent a lot of time in the hotel alone when my family was out playing golf and such.
The thing I did really like about this area was that if you walk for about 10-15 minutes across the lake, there's a cute little town with a bunch of shops and restaurants. I picked up a few souvenirs and was especially pleased to find that they had a Starbucks for tourists/addicts like myself. I do have to say though that being a vegetarian in the mountains is not the most ideal thing, especially when we were at a western themed party and they brought out a giant slab of dead animal. Anyway, we spent about three days there and it was definitely the more relaxed part of the trip. We headed to Lake Louise next, which was incredible and I'll talk about it in my next post.
(By far the best thing I saw on the trip)
Hope everyone had a good 4th of July and a good week ahead!