Being one of the youngest countries in the world (declared their independence on June 3, 2006), Montenegro was one of our favorite places we went during our holiday. Though we spent very little time in the beautiful country, 1 day, we would 100% go back and stay longer!
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Hvar was what we were expecting plus a thousand times. We loved staying on Hvar and wish our 3 nights were more like 5! The island is a destination for many Europeans for holiday and stag and hen parties. It’s an island of beautiful people, yachts, delicious food and authentic culture. Though the island is full of travelers, the locals that live in the homes above the main square keep the tradition of cooking famous Dalmatian recipes which you can smell from a far, they enjoy the company of their neighbors by sitting outside conversing and playing cards and keeping their businesses open by selling their crafted goods. Hvar revolves around boats….taxi boats, holiday boats, fishing boats and ferries. In the next two posts (yes, we are tributing two posts to Hvar since we loved it SOOO much), we will be sharing the sights we saw, restaurants we ate at, where we had fun, our accommodations and where to shop! Enjoy!! (Because we sure did!)
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A quick flight from Geneva, we finally landed in Split via EasyJet*. It was a beautiful landing flying over the islands surrounded by blue waters, boats and Europeans on holiday. Croatia has been a place we’ve wanted to go, but just haven’t had the opportunity to travel there. Since we were in Geneva, flying to Split was not even a second thought in our mind since it was direct, cheap and less than 2 hours away! We enjoyed spending one night in Split to kick off our Croatia holiday! See tips below.
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Napa, Tuscany, Bordeaux, Mendoza, Willamette Valley are all the popular places to go wine tasting, so why isn’t Lavaux region on that list? The views itself are incredible and the wine was up to par to the top producing wine regions around the world. Lavaux consists of 830 hectares of terraced vineyards that stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing shores of Lake Geneva. Since July 2007, the region is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And since 2016, the vineyards of Lavaux are not treated with synthetic pesticides any more. Clean wine…clean drinking! The main wine grape variety grown here is the Chasselas.
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One the the highlights from our visit in Geneva, was the day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. We booked this full-day tour using Viator and can be viewed HERE. Find out more of what we did and saw on our lovely day in France/ top of Europe.
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Geneva was a city that we had wanted to travel to since we participated in Model United Nations in High School. Geneva is the headquarters of Europe’s United Nations. It’s also the headquarters to the Red Cross, global hub for diplomacy and banking and hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world. We were lucky enough to travel to Geneva during the summer months, which allowed us to see the city alive with crowded streets, boats on the lake and blue skies.
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This past April, we traveled to Copenhagen to see for ourselves what a hygge was all about. Not only did we experience hygge, we also saw some beautiful sites. Below are some places we toured while on holiday in Denmark. If you are wanting to check out multiple attractions, we highly suggest getting the Copenhagen Card, it will save you money!!
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Back in 2013, we spent 2.5 weeks traveling Spain. It was quite the trip…check it out HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE (2015) and HERE. Our favorite destination was San Sebastián and little did we know that T would be coming back for work! This past trip was accompanied by great weather, lovely co-workers and some fantastic pintxos hopping. T revisited some of our favorite pintxos bars and found some new ones. Here are some of the highlights of the trip.
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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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Helsinki is Finland’s capital that is home to the national Museum tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. It’s a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and green parks. T.W.O. enjoyed our time in Helsinki even if it was for both work and play. We got to explore most of the city and even took a day trip to Estonia which we will be talking about in our next post. We aren’t ‘finnished’ yet – go ahead and read what we did in Helsinki! Stats: 620,982 people | 300+ islands | 1 sea fortress | most saunas per capita in the world
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