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Trip Announcement: Round the World #10 – The Honeymoon!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Trip Announcement: Round the World #10 – The Honeymoon!

Well, dear readers, two weeks from today I am doing something I thought I might never do…I am getting married! That’s right, this intrepid solo traveler has finally met her match. Meet Dave, fiance extraordinaire and the new “other half” of Round the World in 30 Days. While the fact that I’m getting married may come as a surprise, no one who knows me will be shocked by the fact that we’re having a destination wedding – at a gorgeous villa in Tuscany. And since I felt that it was only fair to Dave that the honeymoon outshine any trip I’ve done before, it will be a 3-month round the world honeymoon extravaganza. We’ve cashed in all of our miles, sold the house and after the wedding we’ll be traveling (except for a few work commitments) until late August. If you’ve been wondering why I didn’t do my usual round the world trip this past January, this is why! I’ll post a full itinerary as we get closer to departure but thank you to everyone who has shared their best wishes with us so far. Though I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of solo travel, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be my best trip ever, because I’ll be sharing it with the person I love most in the world. 

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Photo of the Day – Charles Bridge, Prague

Posted by on May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Charles Bridge, Prague

This week I’m back in Bavaria spending two weeks with my fiance, Dave, who’s on a two month-long consulting job in Germany. This weekend Dave had a rare day off so we decided to hit the road and head over to Prague for the day. This gorgeous Czech town is just a 2 1/2 hour drive from our base here in Germany and there’s a good reason why it’s considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. We spent time wandering the historic Old Town and exploring the vast Prague Castle complex but my favorite sight in Prague has always been the stunning Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River. Commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, the cobblestoned bridge is adorned with 30 Baroque statues across its 16 arches. Artists, musicians and vendors jockey for space daily with the hordes of visitors making the Charles Bridge one of the liveliest sights in the city.   

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Photo of the Day – Place d’Armes, Luxembourg

Posted by on May 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Place d’Armes, Luxembourg

As the world’s only remaining “Grand Duchy” (a territory whose head of state is a grand duke or duchess), the tiny European nation of Luxembourg boasts an advanced economy and the world’s 2nd highest GDP per capita. Attractive corporate tax rates make Luxembourg home to several multinational corporations, but scenic Luxembourg City is more than just a financial hub. Originally serving as a parade ground for troops defending the city, today the Place d’Armes is the city’s central pedestrian hub lined with restaurants and outdoor cafes. During the summer months, this central square hums with activity hosting nightly concerts and attracting locals and visitors of all ages. The Palais Municipal, better known as the Cercle, is the square’s central focal point and the site of many of the city’s cultural events and celebrations.

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Photo of the Day – Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein

Bordered by Switzerland and Austria, the tiny principality of Liechtenstein covers an area of just 62 square miles making it the 4th smallest country in Europe after Vatican City, San Marino and Monaco. But don’t let the diminutive size fool you, Liechtenstein has the highest GDP per person in the world and is the 2nd richest country in the world after Qatar. The capital city of Vaduz owes its name to Vaduz Castle which rests on a wooded hilltop overlooking the town. The castle is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein and, as such, isn’t open to the public but there are several good vantage points from the road and a variety of hiking trails nearby that allow you to enjoy a magnificent Alpine-framed view of the castle. 

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Photo of the Day – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Located in the heart of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Europe’s most spectacular palaces drawing 1.4 million visitors each year. Ironically, though as many as 6,000 people stroll through the castle in the height of the summer months, its vast labyrinth of rooms were constructed for just a single inhabitant. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria and completed in 1892, the elaborate palace was intended as a refuge for the reclusive king. One of the castle’s most famous visitors was Walt Disney, who visited the castle on a European vacation with his wife prior to the construction of his theme parks. Design elements of the fairy tale-like Neuschwanstein later served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle.

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Photo of the Day – Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 | 2 comments

Photo of the Day – Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Located in the Italian town of Pisa just an hour’s drive from Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is known around the world for its gravity-defying tilt. Construction of this freestanding bell tower in Pisa’s Cathedral Square began in 1173 and continued in three stages across nearly 200 years. The tower’s tilt became evident almost immediately due to an inadequate foundation on one side that was unable to support the structure’s weight. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, engineers built the upper floors with one side taller than the other resulting in a structure that is actually curved. From 1990-2001, engineers worked to strengthen the internal fortitude of the tower and today visitors are even able to climb it. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is widely considered one of the most remarkable architectural structures remaining from medieval Europe.

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Photo of the Day – Hong Island, Krabi Thailand

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Hong Island, Krabi Thailand

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, the four small islands that make up the Koh Hong group are widely considered to be some of the area’s most beautiful. A part of the National Marine Park, the largest of the four islands is the superbly-scenic Hong Island. This uninhabited island features soaring limestone cliffs and a vast interior lagoon (the “chamber” from whence its Thai name, “Hong” originates). The deep emerald green of the lagoon is accessed through a dramatic cliff passage and best explored by kayak or longtail boat. And don’t forget to bring a few slices of bread to feed the schools of tropical fish that will eagerly eat right out of your hand just a few steps from shore. The closest beach to reach the islands is Klong Muang, where I stayed recently. A longtail boat from this quiet beach will have you stepping off the dock onto Hong Island in just under 30 minutes. But if you want to capture this image you’ll have to go early (we arrived a little after 8:00am) as tour boats begin to show up in force from 10am and continue throughout the day.

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