Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category
Photo of the week: The Duomo and the moon – Milan, Italy To see more photos of Milan CLICK HERE.
“Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness” – Ray Bradbury I recently took a transcontinental flight with a 10-hour layover. My total travel time from San Francisco to Zurich would end up being 27 hours. Yes, there were other flight options, perhaps even “better” ones depending on your perspective, but I chose [...]
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), the largest church in Germany. Construction of the cathedral started in 1248 and was not completed until 1880. CLICK HERE to see more photos of Köln, Germany.
Some of the best memories of my life were made in 2011 … but 2012 turned out to be an incredible year as well! When I departed for my next big adventure, “Golden sands & European Trysts”, I had no idea the many great experiences that awaited me or where in the world I would I [...]
While a weekend in Istanbul is not long enough to fully explore and immerse yourself into the fascinating city, it is possible to see many of the cities sites thanks to a great public transportation system and easy to navigate streets. My good friend Evelien flew from the Netherlands to spend a long weekend with me [...]
ride in a gondola! Sure, it may be one of the most cliché, touristy things to do in entire world, but there really is something magical in gliding past ancient palaces and marveling at magnificent Venetian engineering and architecture. A gondola ride through the narrow canals of the floating city has long been romanticized, and [...]
The red bike leaned sharply as we ascended the winding mountain road. I clung to Thomas, my arms wrapped tightly around his waist. We were near the border of Austria and Italy, approaching yet another mountain pass. So far I had enjoyed myself, despite my initial hesitations to ride on the back of my boyfriend’s [...]
Do you know what city is the capital of Switzerland? I didn’t until my recent trip to the land of cheese and chocolate. If you had asked me, I would have guessed Zurich or Geneva and I would have been wrong. The capital of Switzerland is Bern, a city of about 140,000 people making it [...]
Photo of the week: Lake Carezza is in the Dolomites mountain range in South Tyrol, Italy. The surface of the lake gleams with colors of the rainbow for reasons that can only be explained by local legend. According to legend … in Lake Carezza there once lived a beautiful water nymph, who often sat and sang [...]
Switzerland is said to be the world’s second-biggest adventure-sports destination (New Zealand being the first), and the Bernese Oberland is the country’s biggest hub of outdoor adventure and natural beauty. River rafting, canyoning, paragliding, bungee jumping, skiing, mountain climbing, skydiving and glacier climbing just to name a few! Being an avid adventure seeker, this is [...]
Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, west of the larger town La Spezia. “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. A popular walking trail called Sentiero Azzurro runs along the coastline connecting “The Five Lands”. The path offers incredible views of [...]
Photo of the week: Sunset on Manarola village, one of the “Five Lands” in Cinque Terre, Italy. To see more photos of Cinque Terre, Italy CLICK HERE.