Melk, Austria – Prelate’s courtyard at Melk Abbey
Melk, Austria - Prelate's courtyard at Melk Abbey

If you are driving from Salzburg to Vienna you will be passing my the small village of Melk. And you have to stop and visit the Melk Abbey and village. The village of Melk is very close to the freeway (A1) and the parking lot is also very easy to find. After a short, steep walk you get to the Abbey area entrance where you can purchase tickets to visit. I really like the fact that the Melk Abbey complex is being used as a high school so the local kids get great exposure to history every single day. How cool is that!

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London, England – Beautiful metal gates surrounding the Buckingham Palace
London, England - Beautiful metal gates surrounding the Buckingham Palace

London’s Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace areas are among the most iconic tourist areas of this great city. These are large areas packed with tourist attractions and museums.

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London, England – Beautiful view of St Paul Cathedral dome seen from accross the Thames River.
London, England - Beautiful view of St Paul Cathedral spire seen from accross the Thames River.

London, England is a great city and one of the most visited European destinations. There are so many attractions for the first time visitor that visiting London is overwhelming. However, after visiting London many times, I have found a few walks that will help you see most of London’s attractions in an easy walking tour.

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Vienna, Austria – Beautiful flower arrangements in Volksgarten garden near Heldenplatz
Vienna, Austria - Beautiful flower arrangements in Volksgarten garden near Heldenplatz

Vienna, Austria…such a melody: Mozart, Strauss and the Blue Danube waltz! We heard and imagined so much about this city and about its beauty that it became our dream to visit it. And finally we had the opportunity and we were very excited. Read on about our experience visiting Vienna, Austria.

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Salzburg, Austria – Beautiful view of the Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg Fortress from the steps where the Do-Re-Mi song of Sound of Music was filmed
Salzburg, Austria - Beautiful view of the Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg Fortress from the steps where the Do-Re-Mi song of Sound of Music was filmed

The old musical Sound of Music has become a classic being filled with idyllic scenes in and around Salzburg, Austria. The charm of Salzburg and its surrounding areas add so much color and freshness to the movie that we could watch Sound of Music over and over again. Read on about the Sound of Music movie locations in Salzburg.

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Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria – Beautiful view of Salzburg seen from the fortress walls
Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria - Beautiful view of Salzburg seen from the fortress walls

Salzburg Fortress, also known as Hohensalzburg, is very impressive. The Salzburg Fortress is a fully preserved monument of over 900 years old and is one of the largest existing 11th century fortress complexes in Europe. Situated at over 500 m altitude and measuring 250 m (820 ft) in long and 150 m (490 ft) wide, Salzburg Fortress is an impressive site. Read on about my visit at Salzburg Fortress.

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Salzburg, Austria – Horse carriage passing by the beautiful Salzburg Dome building in Residenzplatz square.
Salzburg, Austria - Horse carriage passing by the beautiful Salzburg Dome building in Residenzplatz square.

It is almost no wonder Mozart came from Salzburg because Salzburg is such an inspiring and beautiful town. Salzburg is a “must see” if you visit Austria. The charm of the town is still preserving some of Mozart time’s flavor. In addition, it is also no wonder that the picturesque Sound of Music movie has been filmed in many locations in and around Salzburg. Read on to find out our favorite places to visit in Salzburg, Austria.

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Genoa, Italy – Piazza Caricamento across from Porto Antico (the old port)
Genoa, Italy - Piazza Caricamento across from Porto Antico (the old port)

Genova, Italy has a beautiful location on the Ligurian sea and an amazingly intricate history. The city has been built in layers over the course of history. This layering is especially visible from the old port area as it allows for a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Unfortunately we only stopped for a few good hours on our way to the French Riviera. Read on about my walking tour of Genoa, Italy.

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Regent’s Park, London, England – Small wooden bridge with lush gardens

London is one of the world’s great capital cities, replete with some of the finest museums, historical monuments and great shopping, from the British Museum and Natural History Museum, to Big Ben and Parliament and the shops of Oxford Street and Savile Row. But London is far more than its frenetic streets and buildings, it’s also home to the Royal Parks, which provide locals and visitors with a wonderful opportunity to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of this famous city. Here are five of the best parks to visit in London.

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Cuba is one of the Caribbean’s most compelling cultural centers, and its history can be seen in many sites that remain dotted throughout the country to this day. Cuba is an anomaly, its buildings are often worn and dilapidated but yet shine with a sense of old elegance, and its streets and walkways can be both maddening and enthralling. But more than anything else the country and its people create a magical atmosphere that makes visiting Cuba an experience you will both enjoy and remember. If you’re considering a trip to this Caribbean gem, here are a few things to see along the way.

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Sirmione, Italy – Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls. Sirmione, Italy - Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls.

Sirmione, Italy is a stunning place to visit in Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern tip of beautiful lake Garda and it has amazing history. Sirmione, Italy is the quintessential Italian tourist destination. We arrived in Sirmione a bit tired, coming from Padua, but taking a swim in the warm waters of Lake Garda, completely refreshed us and made us ready to head into town.

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Soave, Italy - Beautiful Soave Castle seen on the hill from the village below. Soave, Italy was a small village that we knew nothing about when we visited Italy. We simply saw it from the freeway and decided to stop…and we were glad we did it. It is definitely a very old small village with an impressive castle and beautiful views of the surrounding country side. Soave, Italy is a delightful day trip from Verona or Lake Garda. The stairs leading to the castle provide beautiful views all around the area and the surrounding hills are simply beautiful with grape vines stretching in all directions. Read more about visiting Soave.

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Padova (or Padua) was one of the tourist attractions that we were not prepared for. Being impressed and tired after visiting Venice for two days, we did not research Padova very well, so we came ill prepared for what the city had to offer. Padova, Italy is a large city with beautiful tourist attractions which makes for a great day trip from Venice if you have an extra day. Padova, has three large areas with attractions, each within 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Read on about my walking tour of Padova, Italy.

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Over the last several years, London has contended with cities like Paris and Bangkok for the number one spot as the most popular capital in the world. For the fifth time in seven years, London rose to the top, with the anticipated number of overnight trips to be 18.82 million visitors, according to The Telegraph.

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Burano, Italy – A colorful restaurant on the side of the water canal

Burano is another well known island in the Venice archipelago. Burano is well known for its fine lace industry that dates back several hundreds of years. It is a popular tourist attraction in Venice but it is not very crowded even at the beginning of August when we visited.

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Since we have already visited the main island of Venice Italy we felt really bad about being near Venice and not visiting more. So we decided that we would visit Venice again for the second day but this time we wanted to visit the two islands that are well known but not visited as much as the main island. So on our second day to Venice we decided to visit the island of Murano and the island of Burano.

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Before visiting Venice for the first time, I have read a lot and seen lots of pictures. I understood that Venice is fundamentally different than everything else simply because instead of roads they have water canals. Yeah,  I got it…or so I thought. However, when I arrived in the central station in Venice, things were different…very different! Why am I saying that?

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Even though there is a lot of tourist information available online, it is still very difficult to know what is worth visiting when visiting a new place. For a while now I have been planning my trip to Barcelona in Spain. I am really excited however when I find a local who wants to share with me the places they like to go visit. Still a little bit like having a local guide you through Barcelona. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with Vincenzo who lives in Barcelona. I also asked him why he likes Barcelona, Spain. Read on to find out what to see and do in Barcelona, Spain .

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Verona, Italy – Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants
Verona, Italy - Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants

We arrived in Verona, Italy after a few hours drive from Milan. We were ready to stretch our legs, but most of all we were eager to experience this symbol of Italian charm and romance. We kept using the promise of Italian icecream as a bribe for our kids as we started exploring this beautiful medieval city. Read on to experience my walking tour of Verona, Italy.

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Beautiful and complex gardening in England is a country tradition that dates back hundreds of years. All the famous British mansions have beautifully groomed gardens and most of them have really beautiful rose gardens. It is always a delightful experience visiting an old British mansion and walking through their beautiful gardens. Read on to find out my favorite British Gardens.

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