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Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

A trip to Italy for many us is a trip of a lifetime. For us this dream came true a few weeks ago. We spent a lot of time planning this trip to make sure that we got the most out of our time. It was an amazing journey and we learned a lot along the way. Italy has its own specific culture and a way of doing things, so make sure to do the research before going especially if…

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Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

From its rugged coastline to the charming historic villages, Cinque Terre (pronounced “Cheen-Kway Tare-ray”) is an Italian gem not to be missed. Over the years, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. There is still wild nature intertwined with old vineyards, houses built into the rocky cliffs, and olive groves, all overlooking gorgeous blue sea waters. Cinque Terre Villages The first records of Cinque Terre date back to the…

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Travel Safety Tips – Protect Yourself from the Volatility of Nature

Travel Safety Tips – Protect Yourself from the Volatility of Nature

I remember the moment it happened vividly. One moment I was standing on the beach taking pictures and the next I was completely engulfed in the frigid water. My only thought was, I’m going to die. At this point my instincts kicked in and I fought desperately to get out of the icy, turbulent water. It all happened in only a few seconds. So fast that Ann didn’t even realize what had happened. I was on a black-sand beach in…

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Top 10 places to visit in Ireland

Top 10 places to visit in Ireland

Ireland is full of rich history, old glory and natural beauty. Recently, we got to spend 10 days exploring the entire island and it was a wonderful trip. We saw so many amazing places that picking top 10 was truly a challenge. From amazing cliff ocean views, to fairy tale castles and ruins, Ireland is a truly magical place with rich and vibrant history. Here is a list of my favorites for various reasons: 1. Rock of Cashel The Rock…

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Driving in Ireland – Keep your Instincts in Check

Driving in Ireland – Keep your Instincts in Check

On our trip to Ireland we decided to rent a car for most of the trip, except for our time in Dublin. We looked at different options and because we were there in September, outside of the tourist season and I have lived/driven in Europe before, we thought we could handle the left-side driving and narrow roads. We definitely made the right decision for us, but we had our adventures with it too. Here are a few things to keep…

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Tips for Driving in Germany

Tips for Driving in Germany

On our trip to Europe we primarily traveled by train, but for our time in Germany we were ready to get out of the city, so we rented a car. Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving in Germany. Rental Car Automatic transmission – most cars in Europe still use standard transmission, so when you’re booking your car, make sure you select the option for automatic. Size – make sure you get a smaller car, this is…

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European Itinerary Part 1 – London, Bath and Stonehenge

European Itinerary Part 1 – London, Bath and Stonehenge

      How do you fit in all that Europe has to offer in less than 3 weeks? Cities, culture, theatre, history, nature and more… First, don’t try to do everything. With each place I visit I always assume I will return again. Have a plan, but don’t overbook yourself. You don’t want to be so booked you can’t do and see the unexpected. Be flexible. Even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Stop and breath. You…

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European Itinerary Part 2 – Paris and Versailles

European Itinerary Part 2 – Paris and Versailles

      Our next stop was Paris. It’s a wondrous city from its culture and architecture to its history and food. Day 5 | On to Paris, the City of Lights Taking the Eurostar from London was a breeze and we were in Paris in just a couple of hours. First stop, the Louvre. This place is massive so it’s best to have a plan of what you want to see before going. Tip – book your tickets early to avoid…

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European Itinerary Part 3 – Munich, Bavarian Alps and the Rhine Valley

European Itinerary Part 3 – Munich, Bavarian Alps and the Rhine Valley

      I have always wanted to go to Germany to see Neuschwanstein castle and the Bavarian Alps. This ended up being my favorite part of the whole trip. We decided to stay in Munich and take day trips to see everything we wanted to see. Day 9 | Munich We started our time in Munich at Marienplatz. It’s the largest public square in Munich and home of the Glockenspiel which plays everyday at 11am 2pm and 5pm. We took the…

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European Itinerary Part 4 – Amsterdam

European Itinerary Part 4 – Amsterdam

Day 14 | Amsterdam I fell in love with Amsterdam at first sight. There is something about it that I can’t quite describe, it just felt different than the other cities we had been too and I loved it. We arrived by train and it was a quick 5 minute walk from Central Station to Dam Square. It was raining when we arrived but that didn’t stop the crowds. Floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover…

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