Kauai

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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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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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Helsinki, Finland

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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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Florence, Italy

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We can officially say both of us have been to Florence, but separate times.  K was able to study abroad in this beautiful city during her junior year at UCSB.  Now T got to experience it for herself.  All those years k talked about how much she loved this city and T now knows why.  And for our readers – here is why:

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Barcelona – El Born/ La Ribera Districts

 

Two years ago when we were in Barcelona we learned that El Born/ La Ribera was transforming into the new happening district. Having stayed in this area we got to explore and found it to be one of our favorite spots to dine, wine and play! This past trip we stayed at the W Barcelona for the night on our way back from Mallorca and spent most of our time in El Born/ La Ribera after a hot lap through the Mercat de La Boqueria. Continue reading “Barcelona – El Born/ La Ribera Districts”

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”