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Author Archives: cindybrownmiller

Golden Circle, Iceland June 22, 2019

Our driving itinerary today includes several of Iceland’s most famous sites – Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. These three sites are commonly called Iceland’s Golden Circle. Many people tour this area as a day trip out of Iceland, but we left the Snaefellsnes Peninsula this morning and are staying at a … Continue reading »

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland June 21, 2019

We drove from Reykjavik to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula today. Our first stop was the Gerduberg Basalt Columns. When we first saw them from the road, my family was underwhelmed but we had fun hiking and climbing around the columns. The drive from Reykjavik took about an hour and 45 minutes. Another 45 minutes down the … Continue reading »

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Reykjavik, Iceland June 20, 2019

When I discovered non-stop flights from Minneapolis to Iceland for under $450 this summer, I decided to plan a family vacation. I’ve sent several clients who have stayed for a few nights on their way to or from other countries in Europe. They raved about the black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, and beautiful landscapes. My … Continue reading »

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Cefalu, Sicily November 17, 2018

We’re spending our last night in Sicily in the seaside village of Cefalu. It’s Friday night and the town is very busy with people strolling, shopping, and socializing. I’ve seen many gorgeous pictures of Cefalu and our photos turned out just as good!

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Ragusa, Sicily November 15, 2018

We drove from Ortigia to the hill towns of Noto, Modica, and Ragusa today. The villages were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their cultural customs and traditions. They are full of baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and amazing local food including chocolate. We are staying in Ragusa Ibla at San Giorgio Palace. Our room is … Continue reading »

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Ortigia, Sicily November 13, 2018

We flew from Malta to Sicily today and are spending two days on the island of Ortigia in Syracusa. We’re staying at Palazzo Gilistro, which is within walking distance of everything on the island. Since it is low season, the kind owner let us choose our room and we have a beautiful suite with two … Continue reading »

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Popeye’s Village, Malta November 12, 2018

Robin Williams filmed the movie Popeye in Malta in 1980. The set builders created a small fishing village on the northern coast near the ferry pier to Gozo. Traditionally, sets will be destroyed upon completion of a movie but the set was dedicated to the people of Malta. It’s now an open air museum with … Continue reading »

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Malta November 10, 2018

We went on a Games of Thrones tour today led by Malcolm of Malta Film Tours. Malcolm has served as the location scout and actor on Game of Thrones, Munich, Gladiator, Troy and many more. Although it poured all day, this was one of the best things we did during our time in Malta! The … Continue reading »

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Malta November 9, 2018

We took the ferry back to the main island of Malta this afternoon and checked into our guesthouse, Selmunett Homestay in Naxxar. I chose this inn because I wanted to stay in a traditional Maltese home centrally located on the island. We’re taking several day trips throughout the island, and Naxxar is in a great … Continue reading »

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Gozo, Malta November 7, 2018

We picked up our rental car and took the ferry to Gozo this morning. We’ve driven in some pretty crazy places, so I thought my husband would like the challenge of driving here. However the narrow streets combined with driving on the wrong side of the car and wrong side of the road and shifting … Continue reading »

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