I can’t think of a better way to feel refreshed and reinvigorated after a long overnight flight than relaxing in a geothermal spa. This was the perfect way to start our one-day stopover in Iceland – even with a 5-6 hour layover at Keflavik airport would give enough time for a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon Spa. Continue reading Rejuvenating at the Blue Lagoon Spa, Iceland
Now and again, you just have to spoil yourself. For us we decided that a 20th wedding anniversary was a good occasion to do this. We set out to do a tour of southern Ireland and stay at castles along the way. Continue reading Our Ireland Castle Hopping Adventure
Road tripping through Ireland isn’t for the faint of heart and can at times have some hair-raising moments, even more so, I imagine, for those (like us) that are used to driving on the right side of the road. Plenty of narrow winding roads must be taken to reach some interesting sites or off the beaten path attractions. It took some getting used too since driving on the left side isn’t an easy task and doesn’t come naturally for us right side drivers. Continue reading Ireland Road Trip
We’ve always wanted to go to Portugal – land of ancient explorers and navigators – located along the Atlantic coast and next to Spain, so when we saw TAP airlines, Portugal’s official airline, offering discounted direct flights from Miami we didn’t waste any time in planning an impromptu vacation. One of the benefits of being semi-retired!
We knew that we wanted to visit Lisbon and Porto so straight off we looked to find our hotels and train travel Continue reading Exploring Portugal for a week
So yes it’s true. Sardines are everywhere in Portugal. A national treasure these small fish are often just dipped in flour and fried or grilled in a pan or on charcoal. Not our cup of tea but we Continue reading Some local delicacies to eat in Portugal
Unlike much of North America, Europe basically runs on trains. We’ve had a lot of positive experiences using trains in the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Here trains are frequent and seats are roomy. You can often get a discount when buying tickets on line in advance; many lines offer Continue reading Getting around by train in Europe
Following our escapade in Normandy we returned to Paris for a few days. It was our third visit (in 15 years mind you) so much of this was just to go back to familiar haunts and get some fresh pictures of our favorites including the Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Pantheon, Sacré-Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
We walked over 10 miles a day doing well over 20,000 steps but despite our sore feet just immersed ourselves in the city and its bridges and quaint little environs. We even Continue reading A few days in Paris
While we had previously visited Paris and the south of France, we had always dreamed of going back to see Normandy and the northern coast. There is of course a lot of historical significance here with the D-day beaches and the museums that have been created to remind us of the sacrifices made during the war. More than that Continue reading Road trip through Normandy
Rome is one of our favorite cities to visit, there is so much to see and do. We’ve been there 3 times and we always go back to the Colosseum, St-Peters Basilica, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Perhaps it’s because we keep throwing coins in the Fontaine de Trevi. Continue reading Roaming around in Rome!