While visiting Germany last week, I decided to take a drive down to check out the alpine ski resort town of Innsbruck, Austria.
The provincial capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck is Austria’s 5th largest city and the biggest ski resort in the Alps. In the 15th century, Innsbruck was a center of European politics and many of the late-medieval style buildings still remain in the heart of the city’s picturesque old town.
As an internationally-renowned winter sports center, Innsbruck has played host to both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. To explore everything the city has to offer, book a room at the centrally-located Penz Hotel. The city’s first design hotel, this modern and luxurious property is situated in the heart of Old Town.
From the alpine views to the pastel-colored buildings lining the River Inn – a tributary of the Danube – Innsbruck Austria’s city center is well worth a visit before hitting the slopes.Read More
During our visit to Amsterdam for my photography exhibition at the Sheraton AMS last week, my husband and I decided to venture a little further out of the city and spend one night in The Hague.
We were drawn partly by Starwood’s luxurious Hotel Des Indes but also by the desire to experience something more of the Netherlands than just Amsterdam.
It turned out to be a fantastic decision as we soon discovered both a beautifully-historic hotel and a charming and unique destination, just a short train ride from the bustling city center of Amsterdam.Read More
Over the course of 10 trips around the world, I’ve probably taken a few hundred thousand photographs. And while I think they’re pretty awesome and I’m especially proud of the Pinterest page I’ve compiled, I never imagined I would be the subject of a travel photography exhibition. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Amsterdam!
Before I go on, a little background…
On our honeymoon this past summer, Dave and I had a one-night layover in Amsterdam and chose to stay at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport to ease our quick turnaround to and from the airport. And as we walked off the 14-hour flight from Bogota, Colombia bleary-eyed and in desperate need of a shower before heading into town, we knew we’d made the perfect choice.Read More
For the third stop on our RTW trip, we are headed to Scotland! We have 4 nights and 5 days to spend in the UK and while most people could easily spend that amount of time just exploring Scotland, I of course strive to see as much as possible in the UK while we’re there so I had a bit more ambitious itinerary in mind…the great UK road trip!
When I explained my road trip plans to my friend Jill (who lives in London) she told me I was crazy to try driving around the UK in just 5 days. And, to be fair, she’s not the first person to call my travel plans crazy. And she’s probably not wrong. I am, after all, the person who visited 13 countries in 30 days on my first RTW trip (I like to think I’ve mellowed a bit since then).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More