Day Trip To Estonia

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Estonia what? Yes – Estonia, the small little country next to Russia across the Baltic Sea/Gulf of Finland from Finland.  Though it was only a day trip, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting Tallinn, the capital and central hub of Estonia. The adventure started at 11:30am on the Viking Express from Helsinki.  The Viking Express is the size of a cruise ship and transports people, cars, cargo and big rigs across the Sea.  The 2.5 hour boat ride was peaceful, entertaining and unique!  There were buffets, bars, entertainment, casinos, karaoke and shopping on board – so needless to say the 2.5 hours flew by! Once we docked in Tallinn, we walked to The Old Town and started to explore. We ate in the Old Town Square where we tried bear. Yes bear! It was actually more tender than the lamb we ordered.  At lunch, we learned that 50% of the population is Russian which is why there is a lot of architectural influences and culture apparent while touring the city.   It was a quick trip, but we enjoyed our short time in Tallinn and would highly suggest anyone in the area to make sure to stop here for a couple hours!  Here is a look at our day adventure!

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Day Trip to Siena, Italy

T.W.O. had the opportunity to take a day trip to Siena for business.  Short on time and unlucky weather, T. was able to see the famous square where the Palio takes place each year, have a proper lunch, tour the Duomo, wonder the small streets of the Tuscan town and most importantly get a gelato! Here are some snapshots from her adventure.

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Rome, Italy

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ROMA, ITALIA

Most recently, half of T.W.O. got to travel to Rome for work – first time for T and it won’t be the last! Though only one of us went, that didn’t mean K wasn’t there with her in spirit. Like always – an itinerary was set and restaurants were researched.  Here are some of the highlights of the trip!

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London….We’re Back!!

Cheerio London! It took us only a year to get back and this time we were able to see some neighborhoods and sites we didn’t get to explore last time.  We did revisit a couple favorite spots – Borough Market + Big Ben!  (Standard Tourist Photo Op)  The Borough Market wasn’t in full swing last year since we went between Christmas & New Years.  This time we got the real taste of it- Friday lunch hour mayhem.  And boy did we have fun!  Speaking of boys, there were a lot of them on their lunch hour  grabbing a bit to eat with their mates.  Continue reading “London….We’re Back!!”

Dublin, Ireland

AND WE ARE OFF TO IRELAND!!!!

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Day Trip to Cascais, Portugal

While in Lisbon, we decided to take a day trip to Cascais. Cascais is a small beach town that used to be the former residence of the royal family. It took about 40 minutes by train, from Cais do Sodre station and costs under €10 round-trip. Well worth it! The train ride reminded us of the train from Orange County, CA to San Diego, CA because you are traveling along the coast the entire journey. Continue reading “Day Trip to Cascais, Portugal”

Being a Tourist In Lisbon, Portugal

A glimpse of some neighborhoods of Lisbon:

Bairro Alto
This is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers. During the day, the streets are less crowded, but once night fall hits the Fado Houses are packed and restaurants filled with hungry people. Continue reading “Being a Tourist In Lisbon, Portugal”

Out & About in Amsterdam

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T.W.O. continues their trip exploring Amsterdam.  Check out how we filled our Dutch days with fun activities….

Video Highlights: HERE

Flower Market

This is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam – in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too. In December the market also sells Christmas trees.

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Amsterdam Bike Tour

If you haven’t already noticed, T.W.O. likes to take in cities as the locals do so we decided to be Dutch for the day and rent bikes.  We rented from Green Budget Bikes which was near our apartment.  The rates were reasonable and the staff was very helpful showing us the best spots to see.  We rode the perimeter of the city through the Vondelpark, passed the Heineken Experience and to the Brouwerij ‘t IJ Windmill Brewery. Its the perfect stop to grab a beer halfway through your ride.  After we went towards Central Station where were spotted the second ‘I Amsterdam sign’.  Riding bikes through the city was a must do and we can’t wait to do it again.  Please note – riding bikes can be a little nerve racking especially if you are not comfortable on a bike.  You share the lane with vespas and have to dodge other bicyclists.  That didn’t stop us though, it was a fun adventure!!

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Rijksmuseum

Though we enjoyed the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks Museum was our favorite Museum in Amsterdam.  It’s a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is spacious and has various types of art from antique furniture to war cannons to the famous  painting by Rembrandt Night Watch.  Get your tickets HERE and you will be able to walk right in without waiting in the ticket line.  Note – photography is permitted.image image

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Canal Tour on The Tourist

The last night of our stay in Amsterdam, we stayed at the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam.  It is a beautiful  hotel in the Jordaan area right on the canal.  We loved staying here and maybe part of it was that one of our favorite films was located in this hotel…Oceans 12 or maybe it was because we had an amazing night on The Tourist!!! Its the same boat that has toured Winston Churchill through the canals along with the Queen.  T.W.O. suggests taking this tour at night so you can appreciate all the lights on the canals and buildings.  We were lucky too since we were there during the Festival of Lights.  There were different parts of the city that had ‘exhibit’s.  Check them out below…

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IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN  SHARING AN AMAZING TRIP WITH YOUR SISTER!
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