Kon’nichiwa! Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan before Tokyo took over. It’s a charming city with history and culture that makes you feel like you are in traditional Japan. Kyoto’s famous for its many classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also home to geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. We made Kyoto our first stop on our 1 week trip in Japan. Find out more about how we spent our two days in Kyoto!
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Who wants to
play see Monopoli ?? Of course you are going to want to see Monopoli and maybe in fact you will get the chance to play Monopoly in Monopoli! Unfortunately we didn’t since we were only there for one night. Upon arrival, we were dropped off right at the walls of Old Town and we were able to walk to our B&B. The town of Monopoli is a fishing town that dates back to 500 B.C. The town was explained to us as quaint..which it was, but I would have to say it felt bigger than Polignano a Mare. Still the narrow cute streets, shutters and flowers but more people filled the streets at night. Scroll down more to find out about our 36 hours in Monopoli.
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We’ve been to London in the Winter, Spring, Fall and now we got to experience this brilliant city in the Summer! What a great time to be there – Wimbledon, World Cup and British Summer Time Festival. Oh and the weather – 80 degrees and no rain! THE BEST!!! We enjoyed wearing our sun dresses walking down Kings Road and Marylebone High Street. This trip we spent more time Chelsea and Marylebone and less time in the touristy areas. Chelsea and Marylebone are chic, local boroughs that are populated with restaurants, shops, residences, farmers markets and night life. Find out what we did in this post!
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We were in Prague at a special time – Easter time! Easter in Prague is big – they decorate the Old Town with eggs, ribbon and set up Easter Markets. In addition to the Easter Market, we found ourselves some wonderful restaurants. In this post, we feature our favorite restaurants in Prague!
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Dubrovnik is the walled city where Game of Thrones was filmed. It’s a town that attracts many tourists each year, especially in the Summer months. A little too crowded for our liking, but we found some hidden gems that changed our first impressions of the city.
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Needless to say, we never ran out of anything to do in Hvar. Below is a summary of activities and places we ‘played’ at. The list isn’t complete since we had a couple more adventures to check out….guess that means we have to go back!
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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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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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Every other year, our family goes on a trip together. Last trip we went to Turks and Caicos, this year due to the Zika Virus, we decided on Kauai. We had an amazing time and will definitely go back. Here are some sights we saw, places we dined at and memories we made!
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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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