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Europe

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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Prague, Czech Republic July 10, 2015

On our last day in Prague, we went Zorbing and rented a paddle boat on the Vltava River. It’s still incredibly hot, so it felt great to be on the water. Prague Castle was beautiful on the hill and we paddled through a flock of swans.

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Prague, Czech Republic July 9, 2015

Today we went on a tour with World War II in Prague. We’ve already visited Anne Frank’s House in the Netherlands and Dachau and Eagle’s Nest in Germany, but I didn’t know much about the Czech’s role in WWII. Our guide Sonia was amazing – a Czech native with a passion for her country’s history. We walked through cobblestone streets … Continue reading »

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic July 8, 2015

We took a day trip to the Sedlec Ossuary today, about one hour outside of Prague. The Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora is also known as the Bone Church. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the bones of 40,000 – 70,000 people. The bones were arranged in chandeliers, garlands, pyramids, and a coat … Continue reading »

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Prague, Czech Republic July 7, 2015

We started our tour of Prague with a visit to the Charles Bridge. When I asked my son where he wanted to go on vacation this summer, he didn’t say Universal Studios or the beach. He wanted to walk across the Charles Bridge in Prague at night. I absolutely loved his answer because that’s how I decide … Continue reading »

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