Italy by Number

I have so many thoughts to share stemming from my two and a half weeks in Europe. My route was Flight to Zurich→ Train to Innsbruck→ Car share to Bressanone→ On foot across the Dolomites to Cortina d'Ampezzo→ Bus to Venice→ Rental car to Padua→Verona→Bergamo→Milan→ Train and kayak to Bellagio→ Car share to Zurich with … Continue reading Italy by Number

A to Z Blog Challenge Recap

For this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge, I showcased 26 of my favorite places in the world. I didn't do nearly as much writing for the challenge as I did in previous years, but I had a lot of fun going down memory lane, and I hope I've given some readers ideas about wonderful places to … Continue reading A to Z Blog Challenge Recap

KiZhi, Russia (Spring 2005)

While You Are There: Imagine that you are a Russian peasant living in the 1700s. And then be glad that you aren't and that we live in the 2000s and you can go admire places like this as a tourist. Just don't pay for one of those absurdly overpriced cruises up the Volga to get here. … Continue reading KiZhi, Russia (Spring 2005)

железная дорога (2002 – 2006)

Yes, I realize I'm fudging the alphabet a little here because this should technically be under the letter Z, but since the Cyrillic letter looks like an X, let's just go with it. This post is the Railroad! While You Are There: You can do everything on a train. A train is a world unto itself. … Continue reading железная дорога (2002 – 2006)

Vilnius, Lithuania and Europos Parkas (2005)

While You Are There: Why, observe the unusual art, of course. Bring a sketchpad or a notebook and plan to spend the day. The sculptures and installations will give you a lot to think about. Why It's On My List: When you need to leave Russia for a few days to get a new visa but … Continue reading Vilnius, Lithuania and Europos Parkas (2005)

Ukraine (December, 2005)

While You Are There: I went around the country for two weeks for Christmas and New Year's. Can you say you've ever rung in the New Year in Lviv? Maybe not the most exotic or exciting place to do so, but certainly unexpected. Also seen in the photos above are Alushta, Bakhchysaray, Kiev (oh man do I … Continue reading Ukraine (December, 2005)

Rhine River Cruises and Rheinfels Castle, Sankt Goar, Germany (July, 2001)

While You Are There: Yeah, you could hike down the Rhine River, but a river cruise is really the way to go. There are so many castles and you get such a great view of them from the river while you are enjoying some German beer, so it seems foolish to exert the energy to hike. One … Continue reading Rhine River Cruises and Rheinfels Castle, Sankt Goar, Germany (July, 2001)

Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

While You Are There: Be romantic. Roam the grounds and imagine you are in a Bronte novel. Or maybe you should pick an Irish writer. Either way, you get the image. Enjoy the lavish breakfast spread and find out what travels your fellow sojourners are on. Take the rowboat onto the lake and pretend you are … Continue reading Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

Darmstadt and Waldspirale, a Hundertwasser House (July, 2001)

While You Are There: Unfortunately, you can't go inside. You can only admire and be jealous from the outside. But southern Germany has so much to offer and travel is easy, so if you're in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Marburg, Cologne, or Frankfurt, you really should hop over to Darmstadt for a day. Why It's On My List: Because … Continue reading Darmstadt and Waldspirale, a Hundertwasser House (July, 2001)

Bessastaðir, the Icelandic Presidential Residence (March, 2013)

While You Are There: Well, you didn't come to Iceland just to see the presidential palace, did you? Here's all the awesome stuff we crammed into a five day trip. Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights & seafood dinner tour, the penis museum, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisdrangar, Gullfoss, Geysir geothermal field, Sólheimajökull glacier, Reynisfjara, Viking horses, elves, great food, and too … Continue reading Bessastaðir, the Icelandic Presidential Residence (March, 2013)