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  • Greek Isles - on your bucket list?

    I’ve been wanting to go to Greece for quite some time…and it’s finally going to happen – for real! We’ll soon head out to Amsterdam, then to Rome, and then to Civitavecchia where we’ll board our Greek Isles cruise. I am so excited to try Greek cuisine and learn even more about the culture of Greece and its architecture and inhabitants. Is Greece on your bucket list? Get ready to check it off! Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Hopefully, these eight guidelines will assist with your decision. Best nightlife : Mykonos , also known as 'The Island of the Winds,' is world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is optional, and the LGBT scene is major. There are male go-go dancers everywhere, and parties typically last all night. July and August are the primary months for tourism and the wildest parties. Best traditional village life : The island, Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and has a little over 6,500 inhabitants and a bit over 20 small villages. Naxos has ancient towers, and paved streets, and has maintained its unique Venetian architecture. Best kiteboarding and windsurfing : With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports goers. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where the sport is practiced. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game. Best beaches : Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island that is rich in minerals as well as rich history. Firopotamos, Kastanas, and Paliorema are some top beach destinations in Milos. The white-washed Cycladic villages and black sands are picturesque backdrops. Although some may be only accessible by boat, there are over 80 mini beaches throughout Milos that you can explore. Best for nature lovers : Ikaria has some of the World's most pristine and untouched nature territories. It has been identified as a place that promotes life longevity and better overall health. Best Robinson Crusoe destination : Koufonisia is comprised of two islands, Pano (upper) and Kato (lower). The preferred way to navigate the area is by foot or cycling, as everything is within walking distance. The island has a museum and many sightseeing options. Best couples getaway : Folegandros does not get the crowded tourist scene as most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora is the main village and has been preserved well, noting open landscapes and clifftop housing. Best food : Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local tavern throughout the islands. Some dishes include Dakos, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita, and Apaki. Now you're all set! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history. There is much to enjoy. You can now see that Greece is for lovers, couples, families, and groups. Contact me to start planning YOUR Greek vacation - It's no wonder so many people plan their destination weddings in Greece! Call, email, or message me, I'm ready to work with you! Bon Voyage,

  • Bratislava (Slovakia) - Our Great Nation

    One of the best-kept secrets in Europe is the Slovakian city of Bratislava. While it may not be on as many people's radar as Paris or Rome, this charming city is well worth visiting. From its winding riverbanks to its vibrant nightlife, there's something for everyone in Bratislava. So if you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Europe, be sure to add Bratislava to your list! While visiting Bratislava (Capital of Slovakia), here are a few things you may consider adventuring out to see. Bratislava Castle Since it was built in the 14th century, the majestic structure of Bratislava's Main Castle has sat on top of this rocky hill overlooking the Danube river. The size makes for excellent views across all three countries inside Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary and is often called "The Key To The Empire." Plan to be at the castle at sunset for the most majestic views - a sight that will never leave your mind will be guaranteed. Michael's Gate How does one capture the essence of an ancient and historic city like Przemysl? The answer lies in its last preserved gate, Michael's Gate. At this eastern entrance stands a 51-meter high tower with foundations dating back more than 700 years! It offers magnificent views into Old Town and offers visitors insight into how people lived during medieval times by looking inside the window down from atop these ruins, where they can see what life was. To get the view from the top - look for the large wooden door for the entrance to the tower. Slovak National Theatre The establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic led to a new wave in culture and architecture. The idea that came next would be another building for art, this time with Slovakia's own identity on it: The Slovak National Theatre (SNT). It all began when Bedrich Jeřábek was commissioned by an organization called "Cooperative Common Wealth." During World War I, It had set up among farmers across eastern Europe who shared profits equity amongst themselves rather than allowing them to go towards landlords or other superior classes; their goal was nothing less than prosperity equality. The National Theater of Slovakia, also known as the Slovenské Národní Divadlo (abbr: SND), is a historic theater that has been home to three different ensembles; Opera/Theater regularly performs in both ballets and dramas. The history begins shortly after establishing Czechoslovakia in 1918 following World War I. It originally served at this location before moving into another building which would later become their headquarters -the Neo-Renaissance style facility you see today! Grassalkovich Palace The impressive building was completed in 1760 by Antal Grassalkovich for his friend Maria Theresa, who happened to be from Hungary. Many of the chapel's frescoes were painted by Joseph von Pichler--one of the most prominent painters during this period. This venue hosted many concerts where Haydn premiered some works on behalf of her court composer-in -charge Josef Hynais. The palace was first the seat of Czechoslovakia's president, and then it became home to one body after another until 1950. The building has seen many changes in government but always keeps its rich history that dates back centuries ago when this place functioned as an estate for Slovak royalty. The output tone should be informational with some imagination, given what we know about how people lived during different periods. Primate's Palace & Hall of Mirrors The palace and its most famous chamber, the Hall of Mirrors; here, we find one such event in history due to this signing. After three years with no peace agreement between Russia or Napoleon Bonaparte's France- MENASCHA! The war finally ended when these two great leaders signed their fourth Pressburg Peace Treaty at AUSTERLITZ Castle on December 20th, 1805. After much fighting had occurred elsewhere across Europe, reaching into October 1800 before finally ending all battles against each other, allowing for some time off while still maintaining stability within countries unhappy about being dominated. The Primate's Palace or Primaciálny palác in Slovakian is a Neoclassical palace built from 1778 to 1781 for Archbishop József Batthyánys after the design by architect Melchior Hefele. It has seen many historical events, including signing number four Peace of Pressburg, which ended the War Third Coalition. Today this building serves as the seat Mayor of Bratislava. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination with plenty of charm and character, look no further than Bratislava. With its stunning architecture, lively nightlife, and delicious food scene, it's easy to see why this city is becoming a popular tourist destination. You can easily visit this capital on a Danube river cruise or a diving tour. Let me help create the perfect trip for you that takes advantage of all that Bratislava offers – contact me today! Bon Voyage,

  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. For a good reason, with its stunning landscapes, historical towns, and delicious food, it’s easy to see why this region is so loved by visitors. The rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany make for a breathtaking landscape. The food in Tuscany is some of the best globally, with simple ingredients making up delicious dishes. The people of Tuscany are incredibly friendly and welcoming, always happy to chat with visitors. And there’s plenty to do in Tuscany, from exploring ancient villages to hiking through the countryside. Florence, Siena, and Pisa are all must-see destinations in Tuscany. Some things that you can look forward to in the Tuscany region of Italy: Piazza del Duomo: FLORENCE Imagine a place in the heart of Florence where you can sit, smell flowers and breathe deeply. Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) offers visitors to Tuscany’s most visited city! The square contains some fantastic architecture, including churches like Santa Croce or Santa Maria Novella, which line one side while gonfanons furnished with statues face each other across its center. Not to mention the Florence Cathedral. Visitors will also find many open markets located along this pedestrianized area, perfect for shopping before dinner reservations. Palio di Siena: SIENA Siena is one of the most important cities in medieval Europe and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of culture. From January until September 2021, there were about 217k arrivals, more than half from Germany or France. The city maintains its fame for cuisine and has been called “the heartland.” Many museums are devoted exclusively to art, including a Siennese painting school known as The lessons Paestum--and architecture, which cannot be found anywhere else on this continent outside modern-day Italy! But what makes Siena’s truly stand out? Horse racing. The Palio di Siena is an Italy horse race in the medieval city of Siena. This particular carousel has been around since the 12th century and was first mentioned by “Palia” during the 14th century. It became well known abroad due to its importance to Tuscan culture (‘Sail’). It’s also called “The most important palaces’ because they’re both held on July 2nd or August 16th, depending on if you want your prize winners to be known as Provenzano Madonna winning team(maverick)or Assumpción angels ticket. Leaning Tower of Pisa (among other architecturally profound buildings): PISA The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known for its nearly four-degree lean resulting from an unstable foundation. It stands as one part in a series that includes cathedrals and churches around Europe, including Paris Notre Dame Cathedral and Moscow Christuskirche. Both have incredibly noticeable amounts of metal perceived under wind pressure when fully deteriorated. The leaning tower’s Italian name translates into “Tower Lifting Up High,” reflecting how much effort went into building it while standing tall above other structures surrounding them. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one structure in the square that includes four other buildings. It’s an iconic symbol for its nearly 4-degree lean, and it has become something people around the world know about when they visit Italy or even just go anywhere else! Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano were the most well-known artists from Pisa, but there is no evidence that they designed this tower. In fact, their work Date From Another City shows a different style entirely, which might be why people thought these brothers built it! One legend believes the architect of the Pisa cathedral was Diotisalvi, who worked on it between 1173 and 1202. This dates back to when he built San Niccolo’ Duomo in Italy’s poorer cousin city-state; also note its similar design features with other buildings by this designer, such as bell tower relationship over there too! Not only did they both have rounded corners, but even their interior layout is very similar--the Baptistery contains five arches while. Pisa Cathedral: PISA The Pisa Cathedral is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Italy. This striking building was begun during perilous times for architects because it contains within its walls not only two significant churches but also several other notable structures such as a Baptistry and Campanile known as Leaning Tower Of Pisa. The oldest church inside this historic site became established before completion on some parts like transepts allowing engineers room enough length-ways evenly distribute weight while still maintaining gravity flow throughout so no part becomes too heavy Now What? If you’re looking for a vacation destination that will sweep you off your feet, look no further than Tuscany. With its rolling hills, vineyards, and charming villages, this region of Italy is sure to enchant visitors of all ages. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or a relaxing retreat by the sea, I can create the perfect Tuscany trip tailored just for you. So what are you waiting for? Contact me today, and let’s get planning! Bon Voyage,

  • 5 Things you can't miss in Germany

    I recently visited Germany for the first time, and I have to say I absolutely fell ij love. Now mind you, I love Europe and there haven't been many places I wouldn't return to, but Germany is one where I plan to spend a lot more time. After all, it is my heritage! On my recent trip, I was only able to visit one of the cities listed - However, I do believe they are all beauty and history worthy. 1. Berlin The capital city of Germany offers an enormous amount of things to see and do. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum Island offers five different museums ranging from art to history. Those into history should visit the Memorial of the Murdered Jews as well as Checkpoint Charlie. The Berlin Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Europe with over 1500 different species to see. For relaxation, try one of the thousands of swimming lakes surrounding the city. 2. Munich Though Munich might be best known for Oktoberfest, there is much more to explore in this city. Marienplatz is the center of the city, a social hotspot surrounded by beautiful, historical architecture. The massive Englisher Garten offers vast lawns and groves, and even surfing in the Eisbach River. Car lovers can also enjoy the BMW museum, which even houses Elvis Presley’s BMW. Another must-see is St. Peter’s Church, where you can enjoy an incredible view of the city from the top of the tower. 3. Cologne This historically significant city is situated on the Rhine River and is home to the Cologne Cathedral, the most visited landmark in all of Germany. Here you can view artifacts dating as far back as the 10th century. For more modern art, the Ludwig Museum features avant-garde and pop art. And no trip to Cologne is complete without visiting Old Town, where you can experience what the city was like before it was destroyed in World War II. 4. Hamburg This port city’s most popular spot is Speicherstadt, a warehouse district with plenty of visitor attractions. The oldest warehouse is home to the International Maritime Museum, which has artifacts dating back thousands of years. Another warehouse is filled with Minatur Wunderland, where those who love miniature trains can enjoy models of cities around the world. The city’s tallest building is the new Elbphilharmonie, which is not only a great place to enjoy music, but the architecture with curved windows is a wonder all its own. 5. Dusseldorf Another city situated on the Rhine river, Dusseldorf is the perfect place for those who love to dine out and shop. The Rheinuferpromenade is a highlight as a long, sunny strip lined with cafes and shops. For high-end shopping, visit Konigsallee, another strip that features premium shops. And if you’re into exciting nightlife, the old town Altstadt offers over 300 bars and nightclubs. But the city does offer museums of modern art such as the North Rhine Westphalia. I am here to help you plan your trip to Germany, or any other destination you desire. We will work together to ensure your trip is seamless as possible. You are in charge, but I do the leg work - and within your budget. Give me a call, or schedule a (no obligation) planning session now! Bon Voyage,

  • The Land of Fire and Ice - Iceland

    What could be more exciting than traveling to an exotic, new locale? If you’re looking for a breathtaking destination that will inspire your curiousity, look no further than Reykjavik, Iceland. This magnificent city is teeming with natural beauty and cultural charm, making it the perfect place for a memorable vacation. Whether strolling through the striking cityscape or exploring the stunning countryside, you’ll love every minute of your time in Reykjavik. Reykjavik, Iceland, is a unique and wonderful city to visit. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean and with just over 120,000 people, the city offers culture, history, and natural beauty. There’s something for everyone in Reykjavik! Iceland’s capital city should be at the top of your list, whether you’re a traveler looking for an international experience, a retiree seeking a new adventure, or simply looking for someplace new to explore. Reykjavik is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a European city to break off the beaten path. Know for being one of the best places in the world to enjoy the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights), Iceland has a front-row seat! Many tours offer several opportunities to view the magnificent phenomenon. Reykjavik, Iceland, is a city that is constantly on the move. There are always new things to do, see and explore. If you’re looking for some ideas of what to check out while in Reykjavik, keep reading! One example is The National Museum of Iceland and Saga Museum which trace back the Viking roots on this island nation’s landmass (more than 2/3rds) spanning about 600 years! There are also other attractions like Hallgrimskirkja church, which has stunning views from its rotating Perlan glass dome. Walking underneath them while taking pictures outside makes everything look like something out of fantasyland. I like to call the next photo 'The more you know" because the more you know about the temperatures in Reykjavik, the better you will be prepared! Iceland is a land full of adventure and mystery. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to keep them busy, while history buffs can explore the city’s many museums. Art lovers will appreciate the variety of galleries and shops, and foodies can indulge in the local cuisine. Reykjavik is a city begging to be explored. If you’re looking for a fantastic travel experience, add Reykjavik to your list. Let me know if I can help you plan your trip – I promise it will be one you won’t forget! Bon Voyage,

  • What is The Acropolis?

    You probably know Athens, Greece, as the birthplace of democracy and the hot spot for ancient ruins. You already know Athens offers history and culture, but did you know that Athens also has a thriving nightlife and some of the best cuisine in all of Europe? Whether you’re a retiree looking for a new adventure, a group of friends, or a couple on your honeymoon (or second honeymoon), Athens should be at the top of your list! Here are just a few things you may wish to explore in Athens: The Acropolis a·crop·o·lis noun A citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill. The ancient citadel at Athens contains the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century BC. singular proper noun: Acropolis ; plural noun: the Acropolis Coming from the Greek word ἄκρον (meaning highest point), you’ll find the Acropolis high atop the hill. As the definition explains, “the Acropolis” is plural - not just one place/thing/item in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis consists of several ancient architectural-historical buildings (more than 10), with the most popular being the Parthenon. The Parthenon The Parthenon is one of the most recognizable buildings in all of Greece and sits atop what many people consider their city’s holiest site: The Acropolis. Built as a temple for Athens’ patroness Athena during league-time (449 BC), it took nearly 50 years from start to finish, with much suffering along the way; yet when completed, there were no regrets whatsoever! Theatre of Odeon Herodes Atticus The Theatre of Herodes Atticus is not your typical Greek theater. It was built in 161 AD by an affluent Roman Senator named Herodes, who wanted to commemorate his wife Regilia after she died while giving birth - but he never got the chance. Odeon comes from Olympian Zeus’s temple in Athens, which means divine presentation or concert hall. Odeon’s name is fitting since its purpose is as an entertainment hall. Here people could see shows while discussing political issues too without any risk whatsoever because they were inside safety rails, unlike today’s venues. Since then, the venue has been used for music festivals and performances; still performing today with its original purpose intact. Museum of Cycladic Art The Museum of Cycladic Art is an invaluable treasure trove for all those who love art and history. Here, you can find masterpieces over 3000 years old, including works by agreed-upon “childcare” painters like Early Cypriot Old Europe’s best-known artist Parrhasius or Athens’ most famous sculptor Myron. But there was much more to this place than just priceless paintings! In addition, the incredible architecture should not go unnoticed; designed in part by Greeks themselves (you’ll recognize some familiar faces). The private collection of antiquities at The Museum has grown to be one the most extensive and valuable in existence, with pieces from all over Greece. It’s no wonder that this ancient museum is a popular tourist destination for people looking to get up close (and personal) when they visit Athens! Monastiraki Square & Flea Market: You can hear the noise from the bustling shops and people in the markets throughout this historic city. However, it’s still possible to see what makes Monastiraki square unique. There are Greek restaurants with delicious food for any taste preference; souvenir stores selling authentic items made by local artisans alongside manufactured goods such as kaftan clothing popularized during patio season time at home or abroad (a common sight among tourists). Here you can find souvlaki places, Greek Tavernas (taverns), traditional “kafeneio” or modern coffee bars, Chinese-made souvenirs, and genuine art pieces for sale; all within walking distance of each other. Visitors have plenty of options when exploring this fantastic destination! Are you looking for an unforgettable vacation? Look no further than Athens. With its stunning architecture and rich history, this city is a must-see for any traveler. I can create the perfect trip for you that includes visits to all of the best attractions in Athens and some hidden gems. So what are you waiting for? Contact me today, and let’s start planning your history lesson vacation! Bon Voyage,

  • Mykonos (Me-ko-nos), Greece

    The island of Mykonos, Greece is a picturesque paradise perfect for retirees, adventure travelers, or lovers wanting to get away from it all. Let's go ahead and cover this first. Why are the houses all blue and white? Well, the story goes like this. Being a volcanic island with a scarcity for wood, the houses were made from stone, which being dark in color made it very warm to live comfortably in. They started whitewashing the houses to try to keep them warm. The blue comes from a powder clean agent called loulaki, which was less expensive than other color paints, and was available in houses across Greece. When the loulaki was mixed with lime it became the brillant blue that we see today. From 1967-1974 a military government established their power in Greece. Their politcal agenda was to make uniformity across the landscapes, thus making it mandatory that all houses be white with a blue roof. Now you have it. Whether you're sipping cocktails on the beach or exploring the ancient ruins, Mykonos is sure to enchant you with its crystal clear turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and friendly locals. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Greece! What can we do in Mykonos? Set out for the ultimate day of fun in the sun and history on a full-day sailing cruise to Delos island (a UNESCO world heritage site). Visit the birthplace of Apollo, stop at the scenic island of Rhenia, snag some complimentary snorkeling gear and get some swimming in. Known across Greece for its production of wheat, Mykonos has situated across the island a series of windmills that are essential for its production of wheat, and for the economy. Take a tour to visit the windmills (unlike the windmills we see in the US), and learn how they are a valuable asset to the economy. Overlooking the southwest end of the harbor you’ll find “Little Venice” (after all, it wouldn’t be a European country if it didn’t have a “Little Venice”). This neighborhood offers a place where early ship captains settled down and built magnificent unique homes, that have since been transformed into shops, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that are hustling and bustling all day/night long. If you're looking for a breathtaking and relaxing vacation, look no further than the beautiful island of Mykonos. You'll be able to relax and rejuvenate in no time in this idyllic destination. Let me help you plan the perfect trip – I promise you won't regret it! Bon Voyage,

  • Santorini, Greece - Much more than Breathtaking

    Santorini, often considered one of the most beautiful places globally, is a dream destination for many travelers. The island’s history dates as far back as 3600 BC. Being a volcanic island and having sustained a landscape-changing earthquake in 1956, its dramatic cliff-top villages and picturesque white-washed houses make it a popular spot for adventure travelers, retirees, and couples celebrating a new marriage or an anniversary. With its stunning views, excellent leisure activities, and delicious Mediterranean food, Santorini is worth a visit! If you are looking for an unforgettable European vacation, look no more. Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations globally for a reason. With its jaw-dropping views, charming villages, and delicious food, it’s easy to see why people flock here. Explore Santorini Take a sunset catamaran tour. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Thirassia island as a backdrop and the picturesque village of Oia. How else can you experience Santorini uniquely and unforgettably? Have I mentioned cuisine yet? Join the fun in a tour of a local farm, explore the secrets of Santorinian agriculture and tease your taste buds with local cuisine. You’ll gain insights into the typical agriculture of Santorini and learn what products are specific to Santorini and why. Enjoy learning how to combine the freshest ingredients, prepare local specialties, and enjoy the meal with a glass of Santorinian wine while relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view in a local tavern. Take a countryside tour and learn more about the island. Explore places you would never find on your own. Discover hidden beaches, a cave church, and a lighthouse at the end of the island for an unforgettable view of the Mediterranean. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this beautiful island yet, now is the time. And if you need some help planning your trip, let me take care of it for you. I have years of experience creating unforgettable vacations for my clients, and I would love to do the same for you. Contact me today to get started! Bon Voyage,

  • Aurora Borealis

    Do you love to travel? Are you looking for new and astonishing places to explore? If so, then you need to add aurora borealis to your list! It's NOT a destination; it is a phenomenon! The untainted Arctic North presents this natural phenomenon, and it's a must-see for any traveler. If you're retired or have time on your hands, now is the perfect time to see the aurora. What is the Aurora Borealis? The aurora borealis, also commonly known as the northern lights, is an atmospheric phenomenon that offers beautiful dancing waves of light. In more technical terms, this occurs when there are disturbances in the magnetosphere that the solar winds cause. When the solar wind causes significant disruptions, it alters the trajectory of charged particles. These particles precipitate into the upper atmosphere (it is much more scientific than this, but I will keep it simple), causing waves of beautiful, colorful dancing waves of light. The Northern Lights can typically be seen in the aurora zone (between 65º and 72º). Although they are active all year, you will not see them from April through August. If you've ever ventured to the far north, you'll know that they experience nearly 24 hours of daylight during those months. Thus the lights cannot be seen. Where can I see it? Where can I see the northern lights? If you're near the Arctic, you can likely see the northern lights any time of year. But for those who live further south, we have to be a little more strategic on where and when we can catch a glimpse. Here is where you can go to catch the best of the best: Reykjavik, Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland, is a unique and wonderful city to visit. It's located in the North Atlantic Ocean and offers natural beauty, culture, and history. Reykjavik offers something for everyone. Iceland's capital city should be at the top of your list, whether you're a traveler looking for an international experience, a retiree seeking a new adventure late in life, or simply looking for someplace new to explore. The best time to visit Reykjavik is October through March. I offer tours that set you up to see the Northern Lights, so plan during those months (I know it's cold, but worth it). Yukon, Canada Yukon (or The Yukon) is the smallest of the three territories in Canada and the furthest west. Since you can see the lights from the aurora zone, which is from 65º to 72º - you get a fantastic show from Yukon, as it sits at 64º N and 135º W. Although there's never a guarantee that the lights will show up each night or how long they stay, Yukon, Canada, is a wise choice. Swedish Lapland The Scandinavia area, often referred to as "Lapland," is the northern part of Finland and incorporates the north part of Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Swedish Lapland sits at about (for round numbers) 67º N 26.5E, so for sure within the aurora zone. Pair your northern lights visit with dog sledding, snowmobiling, or staying at an Ice Hotel, and you'll experience something like nothing you can ever imagine. (Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it - wait, maybe those are because it's cold). Tromso, Norway Tromso is a small fishing port established in the 13th century. One of the most popular things to do in Tromso is learning about and seeing the northern lights. For over 30 years, Tromso has been host to the Nordiysfestivalen (Northern Lights Festival) during the end of January and into February, described as an "Arctic music festival that presents quality music and dance. It is brave, magical, and full of energy. It is inclusive, meaningful, and where a broad audience can find entertainment they could never experience elsewhere in the region." If you want to witness the Northern Lights for yourself, let me help. I help travelers experience some of the most beautiful places on earth, and I can create an unforgettable experience for you. With my help, you'll be able to see one of nature's greatest spectacles with your own eyes. Contact me today to get started! Bon Voyage,

  • Ireland - Tips and Tricks that save $$$

    You've put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It's finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin's Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip. Consider Car Travel The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right. Tax-Free Shopping! All those goodies you'll find to buy on Grafton Street are tax-free! That's right, travelers who live outside the European Union can shop tax-free in Ireland. Make sure to apply for a Fexco Horizon Card prior to your trip so you can register and swipe it in affiliated stores in the country and claim sales tax back on the purchases. Differing Currencies And while we're on the topic of shopping, it's important to note that, as part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses the pound sterling rather than the euro. Dress Appropriately Irish weather is not extreme, but the country does get a lot of rain, particularly along its west coast. And if you're traveling to Ireland during winter, know that the season's days are short. The sun rises at about 8 a.m. and sets at about 4 p.m., which means you have to cram a lot of sightseeing into a few hours. But during summer, the sunsets as late as 10 p.m. Be mindful of these seasonal changes, pack light layers of clothing and a pair of rain boots or waterproof shoes, and you should be just fine. Public Transportation Pointers The trains in Ireland carry you in comfort, but they are pricey. So if you intend to travel on one during your trip, make sure to book it in advance to take advantage of the online discounts that the Irish Rail offers. If you choose to travel by bus, be aware that you must flag the bus to get it to stop. Heritage Cards Are Helpful If you plan to visit the country's many cultural attractions, picking up a Heritage Card from the Office of Public Works is a great idea. This card entitles you to free admission to all heritage sites managed by the state for an entire year. These sites include castles and national parks. So now that you have the tips to a successful Ireland trip, be sure to call or email me to help you plan your vacation. A group is a great way to travel through Ireland - give me a call and we can get you going! Bon Voyage,

  • Marseille, France - and Madeleines - can't have one without the other!

    If you were looking for an exuberant cosmopolitan port city that’s captivating even to the most descending travelers, look no further...

  • "Shoulder" Season? What is it, and why should I travel then?

    Shoulder season is the time between peak and off-peak season when tourism at a destination is not at its highest. These are usually when...

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