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…

Bruges, Belgium

Chocolate, waffles, and a breathtaking view—what more could one want?

Harpa, Iceland

One of the most modern and beautiful buildings in Reykjavík is Harpa, a concert hall and conference center. Anyone can enter, and you can pay to see movies, shows, or concerts, depending on what is running at the time. We were able to watch a screening of Iceland’s most magnificent scenes, a 360° panoramic show…

Giethoorn & Volendam

We participated in a few day tours in the Netherlands, and one of them was to Giethoorn and Volendam. They were two distinctively different towns but both offered unique views into Dutch life. Giethoorn Giethoorn, one of my favorite places to visit the whole trip, was absolutely stunning. Called “the Venice of the North” (although…

Zaanse Schans (windmills!!)

We spent half a day in Zaanse Schans, the most iconic town in the Netherlands…there were windmills everywhere!  There are tours that stop at Zaanse Schans as well as other towns, but we decided to take the bus, as we had already participated in a couple day tours. The bus fare was about €10 per…

Golden Circle Tour

The best of Iceland all in one day! Probably the most popular tour that begins in Reykjavik.

Arriving Iceland & the Blue Lagoon!

At about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon, my family and I landed at Reykjavik International Airport in Iceland. We retrieved our baggage and headed for the bus that would take us straight to the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s most famous geothermal pools, only a short 20 minutes away. The Reykjavik Excursions bus…