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 …

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 …

How to Drive the German, Austrian, & Italian Alps

Being an American, we are use to driving long distances as compared to most Europeans.  When you realize that the entire continent of Europe can fit into the lower 48 states of the US, you can start to understand why.  Also, in Europe, the train (rail) service is fantastic, and most towns and cities are …

Picking the Perfect Way to Spend Two Nights in Venice (Venezia), Italy

My parents and sister visited us in Germany during the month of June.  This was my parents' first time traveling outside of the US, and when learning that Venice was one of my Mom's bucket list cities...well, I knew I had to surprise them with a trip there. Amanda & I had been to Venice …