Madeira, Portugal November 11, 2022
We are on a 14-day trans-Atlantic cruise from Spain to Miami on Holland America’s Oosterdam. Our port of call today is the beautiful island of Madeira. It is an autonomous region of Portugal located 320 miles off the coast of Morocco. I’ve hired Up Moutain Madeira for a full day tour of the island. We … Continue reading
Cadiz, Spain November 8, 2022
We boarded Holland America’s Oosterdam yesterday in Malaga and arrived in Cadiz this morning. We explored Old Town on foot, watched surfers in the afternoon sun, and shopped at El Corte Ingles.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland June 24, 2019
Today was the only day I’ve actually been cold! Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell Glacier were really windy. Diamond Beach had beautiful iceberg chunks and seals.
Southern Coast, Iceland June 23, 2019
We started our day at Secret Lagoon hot springs in Fludir. Most people travel to the Blue Lagoon when traveling to Iceland, but I wanted to go somewhere less commercial and off the beaten path. It’s great for children – the deepest part was 4 feet and they had free noodles and life jackets. We … Continue reading
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
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
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
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!
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
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