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Remembering D-Day…Beaches of Normandy

Remembering D-Day…Beaches of Normandy

When we went to Paris for the second time, we decided to do something different.  Seeing that Normandy was a 3 hour drive from Paris, we took the opportunity to visit the site where D-Day occurred.  Herbie is a HUGE history buff and since this trip was to celebrate his birthday, I saw it fitting to discover the Normandy region and step…

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands and a very versatile place.  Whether a person is looking for history, a little partying or wants to join in on the bike riding fun, the city offers something for everyone.  Amsterdam is filled with canals.  165 to be exact.  This gives people the opportunity to take a cruise if they wish.  It reminded me…

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest…underrated and enchanting.  For labor weekend, we decided to visit the capital of Hungary.  The capital is really composed of 2 parts.  Buda and Pest.  They are separated by the Danube River, yet connected by wonderful bridges such as the Chain Bridge. We were only there for three nights so we had to make it count.  The hotel we stayed at was…

Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islands

One of the best trips someone can take is a beach trip.  An unplanned beach trip is even better.  I absolutely love lounging around and soaking up the sun, so living in an island satisfies my “vacation mode” any day of the week.  Not only do I get the island vibe here, but I can also visit the neighboring islands.  The Aeolian Islands…

Live Love London

Live Love London

My 36th birthday was June 15th, so naturally we booked a birthday trip.  This year, I decided to spend my special day in London.  Herbie lived there about 17 years ago and this was my first time in the U.K.  And thanks to my awesome cousin, Minnie’s recommendations we had a wonderful time! We stayed at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge hotel….

We will always have Paris

We will always have Paris

The first time we went to Paris was in 2008.  We stayed at a Marriott Timeshare that we exchanged for our Vegas property (check out my timeshare post for more info).  The location was outside the city, closer to Disneyland Paris.  There is shuttle service to Disneyland, where you can get the metro to ride into the city.  It is about a 40 minute…

Garmish and Munich

Garmish and Munich

After Cochem, we headed to the magical Bavarian Alps.  The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (or Garmisch for short) is a Mountain resort town.  The town is in Bavaria and has the best scenic drive in all of Germany.  Wow!  I cannot begin to describe mother nature’s wonders in the south of Germany.  Absolutely phenomenal!!!  There are pine trees in abundance and we happened to drive there the day after…

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than to go to the beach?  And to a crystal clear beach at that?  We spent Memorial Weekend in the beach town of San Vito Lo Capo. This town is in the northern west part of Sicily.  It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from our house.  On our way there,…

Cochem

Cochem

Following Berlin, we continued our tour.  Our next destination was Cochem.  This town is part of the Moselle Valley, a sleepier version of the famous Rhine Valley.  Cochem is romantic and charming with so much character. Our hotel had a room facing the river and the view from our balcony was just stunning.  The town is known for their riesling wine and,…

Tour of Germany…Berlin

Tour of Germany…Berlin

When planning our travels, I always research how many days do we realistically need in each city, how much vacation days can Herbie take and how easy is it to travel from one city to another.  This typically saves us money.  We buy one round trip ticket for one country and train rides between the cities.  That way we don’t…