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I have to admit, I’ve been putting off visiting Venice for YEARS because I didn’t want the crowds to ruin our experience. And, yes, Venice is very congested. But if you can bare the swarms of tourists until the evening hours…this city is utterly magical! Here is a brief glimpse into our evenings exploring this […]

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Back in June of 2023, we spent roughly 3 weeks exploring the Dolomites, Liechtenstein, Bavarian Alps, Austrian Alps and the Julian Alps of Slovenia . We actually kicked off our summer trip with six nights in Bologna/Venice before we headed north into the Alps. (You can easily switch this portion out in the itinerary for […]

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We aren’t big on gifts but we are big on “gifting experiences!” This kiddo checked off a huge bucket list item—Lamborghini Museum! This was the main reason we started our summer trip in Bologna and he said it was one of the best days of his life! I was even was able to purchase him […]

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Buongiorno! We kicked off our summer 2023 European adventures in Bologna, Italy. Bologna is world-famous for its immense cultural, historical and artistic heritage. Breathtaking churches, museums and gardens, the famous porticoes and medieval squares, not to mention the delicious Bolognese cuisine which is known and acclaimed worldwide. It’s one of the lesser touristy cities, but […]

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Back in June of 2022, we spent roughly 3 weeks exploring Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Below is an itinerary to jumpstart your own Scandinavian adventures! COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (3-5 Days) We flew into Copenhagen and kicked off our Scandinavian trip in this amazing city. The Danish capital is that and more: a buzzing north European metropolis, […]

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After our trip to Stockholm in 2018, the kids were really fascinated by the Vikings. We were lucky to be able to take them to visit this amazing Viking museum in Roskilde, Denmark. The Viking Ship Museum exhibits the five 1000-year-old original ship finds from the Viking Age (the Skuldelev Ships) as well as a […]

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Sailing through the dramatic fjords of Norway was one of my bucket list experiences for years and was SO excited to include this on our 3-week Scandinavian adventures back in June 2022. We started our Rodne fjordcruise out from the city center gives us a great view of Bryggen in Bergen, which is on UNESCO’s world heritage list.  […]

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Medieval wooden Christian structures known as stave churches are located throughout Norway and are considered a significant part of the nation’s heritage. One of the most striking is in the small village of Borgund. Dedicated to the Apostle Andrew and affiliated with the Protestant Church of Norway, it’s considered the best-preserved of Norway’s 28 remaining […]

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The Knights Templar held enormous power in Portugal from the 12th to 16th centuries, and largely bankrolled the Age of Discoveries.   Convento de Cristo is known as a convent, but it was built in 1160 as a headquarters for the Knights Templar, the formidable Catholic military that answered to the Pope. When sovereigns feared the Pope had too […]

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Back in June/July of 2019, we spent roughly 3 weeks (20 days) traversing Southern Spain (Andalusia) and Portugal. Below is an itinerary to jumpstart your own Spanish and Portuguese adventures! MADRID, SPAIN (2-3 Days)Madrid is truly a city full of life and culture. Honestly, we really didn’t give ourselves enough time to explore this historic […]

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Spanning 126 miles, Sognefjord is the deepest and longest fjord in Norway, and the third-longest in the world. It was an important trading route during the Viking era because it connected the villages of Bergen and Sognefjord. Our stay in Balestrand was the perfect ending to our visit to Norway and was spoiled by this […]

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Gibraltar is an extremely unique place. With a quirky melting pot of Spanish, English, and North African cultures, it’s hard not to resist popping on over into Britain’s overseas territory of Gibraltar, when in Southern Spain. And there are likely few places in the world that you enter by walking across an airport runway to […]

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