The 14 Typical Questions from Family & Friends about Living in Germany

In June, I visited home in the United States, and it was the first time back in almost 2 years. I was home for only one week, and the time flew by. From visiting different family members and friends, the days just went by very fast. Before I knew it, I was back home in …

The Beauty of Naples, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast – Driving & Sea Cruising the Amalfi Coast

When one visits Naples, Italy, there are so many choices of sights to see and things to do. Naples itself is a busy, port city. There is a castle overlooking the harbor that is neat to see, but a claim to fame that Naples has (at least for us Americans) is that Naples is the …

Back to Beautiful Barcelona – An Easy Tour of the Sagrada Familia & the Sites of the City

In our second time to Barcelona in less than five months, we decided to explore what Barcelona has to offer.  At Christmas, we were in Barcelona but our tour was to nearby Montserrat, with that blog post found here. Barcelona is such a beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea. It is very modern, but also …

Mallorca or Majorca: It’s a Matter of Perspective – How to Easily See the Best of Palma

Okay, it is really do you speak Spanish (Mallorca) or English (Majorca) in the way one spells it.  But, since this island belongs to Spain, we will call it Mallorca (by the way both spellings are  pronounced the same "My-or-ca"). Another port of call during our May Mediterranean cruise was to the island of Mallorca …

Spring in Tuscany and Florence – Seeing the Main Sites of Florence & Ending the Day with a Tuscan Wine Tasting

There are some places in Europe that are truly awe-inspiring with its history and beauty.  Okay, there are a lot of places in Europe like that 😉 In May, after leaving Rome, we traveled to Florence, Italy as part of an excursion with our cruise.  Our cruise ship docked in the port city of Livorno, …

Rome – The Eternal City: How to See the Best of Rome & the Vatican in 2 Days

Why is Rome called the Eternal City? It's because ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the world or how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would go on forever. This is our 2nd time visiting Rome, and both times we seem to discover something new or a new vantage point. There's just …