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The 4-Day Irish Road Trip (& the Facts about Driving in Ireland)

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 | 0 comments

The 4-Day Irish Road Trip (& the Facts about Driving in Ireland)

Summer is finally here which means that it’s time for yet another summer adventure! This year, my husband Dave and I are headed back to Europe. With Dave working in Germany again in June, it was a great opportunity to leave a few weeks early and take the scenic route, stopping in two other countries on the way over – Ireland and Italy.

Italy will be our primary focus this month as we have assembled quite a long wish list of new Italian destinations to visit since getting married in Florence two years ago. But our Italian itinerary left approximately four days at the beginning of the trip to devote to another country. After a quick browse of airfares, Ireland immediately shot to the top of our list.

Can you see Ireland in just four days, you ask?

Of course not! But with the help of a rental car, you can see a lot.

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Photo of the Day – Innsbruck, Austria

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Innsbruck, Austria

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.  

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The Hague: Holland’s Royal City by the Sea

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 | 0 comments

The Hague: Holland’s Royal City by the Sea

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.

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Round the World in 10 Images – A Travel Photography Exhibition

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Round the World in 10 Images – A Travel Photography Exhibition

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.

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Scotland, England & Wales – The Great UK Road Trip!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Scotland, England & Wales – The Great UK Road Trip!

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).

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Amsterdam: The Venice of the North

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 2 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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