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A Day at Montserrat, Spain

As our tour bus steeply ascended toward Montserrat’s summit, the odd, otherwordly peaks of the mountain began to pierce the periwinkle horizon. Bizarre-looking rounded rock pillars — formed by thousands of years of wind, rain and frost — indicated our destination was imminent. “Are we still in Spain or are we orbiting another planet?” I […]

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Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls

When I was a child, I would envision magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me.  Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city. Read more about Dubrovnik’s […]

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Stockholm in One Day

What do you do when you find yourself in one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and only 24 hours to spare? You take in as much as possible, starting with the Stockholm in One Day Tour. Stockholm represents the best of land and sea – a vibrant city surrounded by an idyllic Baltic […]

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Snorkel the Chilly Medes Islands? Find Out Why You Should!

The Mediterranean. It’s blue. It’s famous. It’s coooold. Think you might like to snorkel in these frigid waters off the eastern coast of Spain? You would if you knew about the beautiful Mediterranean underworld of the Medes Islands. In the Baix Empordà, off the coast of Catalonia Spain, is a unique archipelago made up of […]

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It’s Here! Your Guide to the Dramatic Dalmatian Islands!

They sit shimmering in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, mostly unknown to American tourists. Island hopping around these undiscovered gems onboard a small ship cruise is discovering paradise, over and over again. Bustling marinas, medieval town squares, sapphire and turquoise beaches, boutique hotels, al fresco dining, and chic bars are all part […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Obsessed with Oslo

“Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!” My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park. The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backwards over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and […]

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Screeeeech! Detour! Helsinki, Here I Am!

I’ll admit, I’ve been a little distracted these last few weeks. I’m normally pretty organized when it comes to planning my travels. Not that I schedule out every minute – I leave room for spontaneous adventures. But there are always some things that are must-do’s and those get input onto a spreadsheet. But my trip […]

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L’Estartit: Spain’s Best Kept Secret. Shhhhhh.

Let me introduce you to L’Estartit. Never heard of it? Most Americans are unfamiliar with the treasures of Spain more obscure than Barcelona and Madrid. I recently had the opportunity to travel in-and-about this picturesque town. This is the first of my series of my adventures throughout Costa Brava; I’m looking forward to revealing its […]

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Romford: Beyond the Crowds of the London Olympics

With the crush of bodies infiltrating London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, residents and tourists alike will be looking for an easy escape from the frenzied city. Just a mere 20-minute train ride from Olympic Park at Stratford lies their respite: Romford, a vibrant suburban town in northeast London. Long recognized as a bedroom community […]

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