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Amsterdam: The Venice of the North

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Amsterdam: The Venice of the North

Ahhh, Amsterdam. It’s the kind of city that mesmerizes even the most jaded of travelers. With its historic, narrow row houses, hordes of cyclists, endless canals and teak-framed boats captained by commuters or sun bathers on any given day, it’s one of Europe’s most glorious cities. The bustling Red light district and not-quite-legal aromas wafting from the coffee houses may be the draw for many, but for me it’s the timeless beauty of the canals and the incredible architecture that keep luring me back.

Our long flight from Colombia didn’t land until 2:00pm and with a flight to Scotland scheduled for early the next morning, we knew we needed to maximize our time in the city. We chose the Sheraton Schipol Airport for two reasons: first, it’s the only Starwood in Amsterdam these days and second, because it’s connected to the airport and would make our early flight the next day that much easier.

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Colombian Charm in Cartagena

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Colombian Charm in Cartagena

After a brief return to the United States for a work commitment, it’s time to kick off this honeymoon in true Round-the-World style! Since RTW tickets dictate that you start and end in the same city, in order to finish our trip at home in Atlanta we needed to return from Italy and Greece to begin our journey there. So a re-positioning flight after Honeymoon Part #1 was in order.

But today we begin Part #2 of this 3-month, ridiculously lengthy honeymoon. This stage of the trip will include stops in Colombia, Amsterdam, England, Scotland, France and India before we return to the US for yet another work commitment/honeymoon interrupter (this time it’s work for both of us). So no, this summer travel extravaganza isn’t all fun and games, there is a bit of work squeezed in for good measure.

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Santorini Sunsets

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Santorini Sunsets

If you followed along for Part 1 of this mega-honeymoon-extravaganza, you may recall from an earlier post that there were two destinations I’ve always saved for a honeymoon someday – Venice and Santorini. We checked Venice off the honeymoon list earlier in the month and now it was time for our eagerly anticipated visit to the Greek island of Santorini for some of those famous Santorini sunsets!

I was excited to experience a place with my husband that I’ve purposely avoided in my solo travels but so longed to visit (I think I’ve been pretty clear about how much I love Greece in general!). Dave and I were also excited about the idea of having 4 nights and 5 days in one place. No flights, trains or cross-country drives. Just rest, relaxation, gyros and sunsets. Perfection.

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24 Hours in Athens

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 | 0 comments

24 Hours in Athens

After wrapping up an incredible 10 days in Italy, it was time to move on to the next country on our honeymoon tour…Greece! As some of you may know, a trip to Greece in my late 20’s was the first ever stamp in my passport. Three passports later, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world and I’ve returned several times since that first trip.

In previous trips, I’ve never found Athens to be particularly exciting but when you visit Greece for the first time, it’s a must-see. And since this would be my husband Dave’s first trip to the country, obviously at least one day in Athens was in order before heading out to the islands.

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The Romance of Venice Italy

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 | 0 comments

The Romance of Venice Italy

Despite the fact that it seems like I’ve been just about everywhere, there are two places in the world that I have been “saving” in the event that I ever had a honeymoon. The first is Venice. The second? The next stop on our honeymoon tour, Santorini. Yes, I’ve had ample opportunity to make it to either of these places before and I’m not sure exactly why I felt the need to save them.

I didn’t save Tahiti or Fiji or the Maldives (though now I’m dying to re-visit all of those with Dave). But there was just something about the romance of Venice and the legendary sunsets of Santorini that made me want to see them with someone I loved.

And that day has finally come! Dave and I are off to Venice…or so we thought.

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Without a Care…in Cinque Terre

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Without a Care…in Cinque Terre

After saying goodbye to our friends and family at the villa the morning after the the world’s most amazing wedding (to us, anyway!) we hopped on the train to a place I’d always dreamed of visiting – Cinque Terre. It was finally time for our lengthy, carefree honeymoon to begin!

Located along the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region, the five vibrant villages that hug the rugged coastline are collectively known as “Cinque Terre” or five lands. From the nearby town of La Spezia (considered the gateway to the villages) they are, in order – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Dating back to the later Middle Ages, the establishment of the villages represents an astounding example of man successfully cultivating a challenging natural environment. Early settlers converted the steep, rugged terrain into an elaborately–terraced landscape that allowed for the growing of vines and olive trees. Today, the five villages make up the Cinque Terre National Park and were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

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A Dream Wedding in Tuscany

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 | 1 comment

A Dream Wedding in Tuscany

It’s been a while since my last post so you’re probably wondering if wedded bliss has rendered me unable to keep up with my usual frequent blogging schedule while traveling around the world. And the answer is unequivocally…YES! Wedded bliss, honeymooning and wanting to spend every waking moment with my new husband has definitely taken its toll on my writing time. But fear not…I will catch up!

It was an amazing week in Tuscany with our family and friends leading up to our ceremony. From our base at Villa Poggio Tre Lune (30 minutes outside Florence) we took day trips to Rome, Pisa and Florence by train, did wine tastings and even hosted a cooking class at the villa. But mostly we just enjoyed our spectacular surroundings and, especially, each other’s company. It was so wonderful watching our families meet for the first time and bond so quickly and effortlessly. And our friends who made the long journey to join us rounded out our joyful group of 17 in all.

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