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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 | 2 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 I’m so glad I did.

Because now 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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Round the World #10 Starts Today…with a Wedding!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 | 2 comments

Round the World #10 Starts Today…with a Wedding!

You may have noticed that I’m off to a bit of a late start this year with my annual Round-the-World trip. Normally, I ring in the New Year by jetting off around the world for a month or more, but this year something crazy happened. I fell in love. Happens to the best of us – even those of us at an, ahem, advanced age. After getting engaged in December, it seemed fairly inappropriate to go rushing off around the world solo the following month (I may be new at this love stuff but I like to think I’m getting the hang of it). So we came up with a new plan.

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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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