Category: Southern Europe

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 ...

How to See 6 Countries, 3 Continents, and 1 Boat for 16 Nights in April

For Amanda's birthday this year in April, we chose to do a back-to-back cruise with Holland America.  The first half of the cruise was  through the Greek Islands starting from Rome.  And, then once back to Rome, we started the 2nd half of the cruise through the Italian & French Riviera and to Tunisia and ...

Take a Trip to See the Charming Seaside Town of Cefalu, Sicily

After we left the French Riviera, our cruise ship sailed down to Tunisia in Africa. Due to high winds, the captain felt it unsafe to dock in the bay, therefore, we had to skip Tunisia, which was disappointing. But, we set sail for our next destination Palermo, Sicily. There we toured the seaside village of ...

See Why the Country of Monaco & the French Riviera Is the Land of Luxury

Our next stop was to the 2nd smallest country in the world, Monaco (size of central park in NYC -- The Vatican City being the smallest country). Four things come to mind when I think of Monaco and the French Riviera: James Bond, Monte Carlo Grand Prix, Princess Grace, and Luxury. The French Riviera has ...

Cinque Terre, Italy – is there not a more beautiful place?

After sailing through the Greek Islands, we took the next portion of the cruise along the Italian coast and French Riviera. Our first stop was the city of Livorno, Italy. From here, we could take excursions either into Florence or Pisa, but since we plan to be back in a year to see those, we ...