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The Amalfi Coast Italy in 4 Amazingly Affordable Days

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 | 0 comments

The Amalfi Coast Italy in 4 Amazingly Affordable Days

After arriving in Naples and island hopping from Procida to Ischia for our first few nights, it was time to move on to our ultimate goal – the Amalfi Coast. I’d visited Positano once before, on Round the World #4, but it was January and everything was closed for the season. I couldn’t wait to go back and explore during the summer season and share this gorgeous part of Italy with Dave.

From Ischia, we had a few different options for getting to our next stop in Positano. We could ferry back to Naples and then take the train to Sorrento followed by a bus or boat to Positano. Or we could ferry to Capri, change boats and then head straight for Positano. Since we didn’t care for Naples at all and we loved the idea of stopping for lunch in Capri, we decided to go with option 2 and booked the 10:35am ferry to Capri.

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Italian Island-Hopping in Ischia Italy

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Italian Island-Hopping in Ischia Italy

New destinations often cross my radar thanks to a friend who has visited there. In the case of Ischia, it was a friend who is actually from there! My friend Sandra lives in Washington DC but spends several weeks each summer visiting family on the Italian island of Ischia.

I’ve heard her talk about the place for years and since it was virtually impossible to ferry from Procida to our next stop in Positano without going through Ischia, we decided to spend a night and get a good look at this photogenic Italian island for ourselves.

Known for its mineral-rich thermal waters, the volcanic island of Ischia is home to spa towns, beach resorts, gardens, vineyards and one very impressive castle built on a rock near the island in 474 BC.

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Pretty Procida: Italy’s Best-Kept Island Secret

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 | 2 comments

Pretty Procida: Italy’s Best-Kept Island Secret

After a fabulous 4-day road trip through Ireland it was time to move on to our next stop, Italy! The plan was to spend the first week along the Amalfi Coast before working our way up to Florence for our anniversary.

We flew from Dublin to Naples via Paris and made the most of a 10-hour (intentional) layover to take the train into the city and enjoy a perfect summer day in the French capital. The only down side of spending the day in Paris was that we didn’t arrive in Naples until nearly 11pm, meaning that we’d have to spend the night before taking the ferry to our first stop, the island of Procida Italy.

Procida has been on my radar since my well-traveled friend, Janice, visited several years ago sharing drool-worthy pictures on Facebook of pastel-colored homes cascading down a cliff to sparkling blue seas below. I immediately added Procida to my wish list and this seemed like the perfect place to start our Italian holiday.

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

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 | 5 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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