How to Survive Winter in Washington, D.C.

As a Californian, any temperature below 60° F freaks me out. I traveled to our nation’s capital in the middle of February, and the average temperature was 35° F! While many brave souls regularly survive below-freezing temperatures (I admire you!), many of us who enjoy relatively warmer winters may fear the cold. Not to worry,…

Delos & Mykonos

While we never made it to the beautiful island of Santorini during this trip, we certainly enjoyed Mykonos, another of the 6,000 Greek islands. Our ship did not dock along Mykonos; instead, it anchored a length away, which meant all guests tethered by boat to the small port. In the morning, the winds were calm,…

Olympia, Greece

Our cruise ship docked at Katakolo, the port closest to the ancient Greek city of Olympia. A tour bus and guide transported us to the ruins of Olympia, where we trekked through temples, plazas, homes, streets, and fields in the hot, beating sun. However, while it felt very surreal to walk in the footsteps of…

Alberobello, Italy

A sweet little town located southwest of Bari, a city in Southern Italy and large cruise port, Alberobello is home to its famous trulli, or special white stone huts with grey, cone-shaped roofs. Some trulli have special symbols that can convey religion, history, values, and the like; the uniquely-topped huts earned a nickname “mushroom town”…

2 days in Venice!

Between London/Amberley Castle and our cruise, we squeezed a two-night stay in Venice, Italy, which had been my dream destination for the longest time! Our flight to Marco Polo Airport arrived around 4 p.m., so by the time we arrived at our hotel, we were starving for some delicious Italian dinner (the water bus took…

London’s Top Attractions—Reviewed!

According to Forbes, London was the world’s 2nd most visited city in the world in 2017, second only to Bangkok, Thailand, which surpassed London’s 2016 #1 spot this year by 200 million international visitors. Still Europe’s top destination, London drew $16.3 billion in revenue from these visitors, $2 billion ahead of Bangkok. And that is…

Famous Windsor/Bath/Stonehenge Tour

When in London, there are so many places to explore–yet what about in London’s surrounding areas? One of the most popular tours in London actually buses you outside of London to Windsor Castle, the Roman Baths, and Stonehenge. The tour in which we participated also brought us to Lacock, an intimate, 13th century village known…