The best one day walking tour of Venice, Italy

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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Best attractions recommended by local resident of Barcelona, Spain

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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A charming walking tour of Verona, Italy

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 charming walking tour of Verona, Italy.

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7 beautiful British gardens

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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A walk through history and mystery at Stonehenge, England

We were in London and decided to explore Stonehenge on our way to Bath. We drove more then an hour. I was excited to see this place, but also I didn’t know what to expect from this experience. When we started to get bored in the car (especially the kids) the beautiful landscape of Salisbury Plain showed up delighting our eyes. Not much later after, the monument of Stonehenge appeared. Some people will call it just a pile of rocks or a ghost from the past. But for sure, the reason we were there was to find out for ourselves what Stonehenge is.

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How to make sure your electronic gadgets work in Europe

Traveling can create lots of fun memories, but many times we can have trouble recording those memories if our electrical devices like cameras and camcorders do not work properly in a different country. These days, with the many advances in technology we only need to work about two things in order to ensure our electronic gadgets will work properly during our travels. Read on to find out how to prepare your electrical devices for travel.

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In depth historical walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, England

My first interaction with Stratford-upon-Avon was when I studied Shakespeare in 7th grade. I remember a nice picture of the Avon river and the church were he was buried. At that time, that picture made me believe deep in my heart that one day I’ll be able to visit this beautiful place. And so it happened, 20 years later. We visited a lot of towns in England, but for me Stratford-upon-Avon will remain in the top five must-see towns and number one for charm and inspiration! I just loved it!

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Walking tour of a medieval jewel at Perouges, France

Perouges, France is one of those beautiful places that make you come to Europe and to France in particular. A small medieval village perched up on top of a hill, Perouges is a perfectly preserved medieval jewel. Perouges is one of the places that make you stop and say: “This is why I love coming to Europe and visit. You would never find anything like this in America.” Read on to see what I loved about Perouges.

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In depth walking tour of old world Oxford, England

We were very excited to visit Oxford. We had in mind the fame of this town and the beauty of Cambridge. We got there and we tried hard to find parking on the narrow, one way streets. We finally found parking without getting any ticket. Knowing how many famous minds were schooled in Oxford…I felt kind of smart just being there. The old buildings and the street took me back in time…but the young modern students, the cars and everything else reminded me the reality. The bakeries and coffee shops’ aroma, reminded me that I was hungry…but we had to stick to the plan: to see Oxford in one day. Read on about our day trip to Oxford, England.

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Bath, England – my favorite walking tour

One of my favorite day trips from London is Bath Somerset. Much of southern England is flat, having very little interesting topography. Bath on the other hand has beautiful rolling hills that set it apart from the surrounding area. A great geographical location coupled with just over two hours drive from London make Bath an easy day trip fro London.

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My 8 favorite cute and quaint country cottages

Houghton, England – Beautiful fairy tale country cottage
Houghton, England - Beautiful fairy tale country cottage

For all of us who live in urban areas, we dream about a cozy country cottage surrounded by flowers and grape vines. In my travels I have found a few of these cozy and cute country cottages that look very idyllic. Read on to see my favorite cozy and quaint country cottages from all over the world.

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4 beautiful day trips from Brussels, Belgium

Bruxelles, Belgium is not on my favorite destinations list, it’s not even close to making my favorites list. However, this does not mean that there is nothing to see around Bruxelles. On the contrary, there are four beautiful places to visit within one to two hours drive from the Belgian capital. Whether you decide to make it a day trip or spend more days, every one of these four places will delight your eyes and senses. Read on about four beautiful day trips from Bruxelles, Belgium.

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Cinque Terre, Italy – the best way to visit

Cinque Terre is part of the Italian Riviera and it is also a national park. The National Park Cinque Terre, Italy consists of five small villages located on a steep mountain side in the Italian province of Liguria. Beacause of its popularity and difficult access, Cinque Terre is somewhat difficult to visit and enjoy. Cinque Terre can be visited by car, by train or by boat. Read on about the best way to visit Cinque Terre.

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Disneyland, California – 3 rules for making the most of your visit

I have visited both Disneyland and California Adventure a number of times over the last 20 years and can clearly say that both parks have become much busier over the years. This busy-ness translates in very long wait times for most of the attractions. This also means that you cannot really see every attraction in one day…no matter what day of the year you go. However, there are some simple things you can do in order to avoid the peak visiting times and enjoy your visit to Disneyland a lot more. Read more to find three simple rules for avoiding the busiest times at Disneyland.

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Take the most important step toward being a smart traveler

When traveling, bad experiences can come from anywhere: transportation, lodging, the food or the people we travel with. While all these are common causes of frustration for tourists, the most common and elusive source of unhappiness while traveling comes from one unexpected place. That place is yourself. Read on to discover the one most important reasons tourists are often frustrated and how to prepare for it so you can always enjoy your traveling experience.

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Avalon, Catalina Island – get a taste of the French Riviera in California

We recently took our first day trip to Catalina Island in the summer. Even though we live somewhat close to the boat dock to Catalina we have never traveled there until recently. After having recently visited the French and Italian Rivieras, Catalina Island was surprisingly similar. Really? In California? Where you have to work so hard to find anything older than 100 years? What could California possibly offer that is comparable with Italy’s famous Tuscany ? Well, Catalina Island surprised us and it will surprise you!

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Simple tips for being a green traveler

Nowadays, a responsible traveler is an eco-friendly traveler. It is essential to minimize your impact as a tourist and to support the local community of your travel destination. I’ve compiled some green travel tips to help keep your environmental footprint light as you prepare to embark on your next vacation. You that can refer to yourself as an eco-tourist!

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5 reasons Cirque du Soleil is unique

Each Cirque du Soleil show is a combination of circus styles from around the world, with its own central theme and storyline. Shows use continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. We visited Las Vegas recently and we were determined to see a Cirque du Soleil show. We found that there were many shows in town but only one that was family oriented. Read on about my five reasons why I think Cirque du Soleil is unique.

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A review of 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic at the Venetian in Las Vegas

On our recent trip to Vegas I noticed an ad for the 50 greatest photos in the long history of the National Geographic publication. On the one hand I was so excited to go see it, on the other hand I was wondering if it is worth it or not. After all the pictures are all available on line, so why pay to go see them? Keep reading about my experience visiting this photo exhibit.

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