The Castle of William The Conqueror

Journey Back in Time by Visiting the Castle of William the Conqueror in Normandy, France

Have you heard of William the Conqueror? To be honest, I hadn't. That was until the night before I took a drive out to visit the city of Falaise in France. In all honesty, though the castle of William the Conqueror is one of the big name attractions of Falaise, I was actually going there to see the statue of the Viking leader who became a Duke of Normandy, Rollo. I'm a big fan of the History Channel show called Vikings and it seemed like a really cool idea to go see Rollo's statue while I was in the area. I never would've guessed that while visiting his statue, I would also end up taking a journey back in time to walk through a magnificent castle, complete with interactive exhibits and learn about such an interesting historical figure. (If you haven't heard of him, look him up. Spoiler alert: his story is quite interesting)! It was probably one of my favorite activities in France so today, come with me to the Castle of William the Conqueror as I share it with you guys.

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D-Day Landing Beaches

How to Plan a Visit to the D-Day Landing Beaches (You Don't Need to be a History Buff)

France is drenched in rich history and the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy are no exception to this. Many years have passed since the historic D-Day landings but, fortunately for us, the area is now full of memorials, museums and cemeteries so that the stories do not have to be lost in the sand. Instead, they are brought to life in a respectful and touching way through these fitting tributes. There's so much to see there that you would need a lot of time to get through it all, this guide is a compilation of the top spots I saw that you could add to your trip if you only have a weekend or so in this once brutal, now beautiful area of France.

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Where to stay in Normandy

Where To Stay In Normandy - Don't Miss This AirBnb Treasure

Confession: I was a bit skeptical of using AirBnb at first. As a classic late bloomer, I'm a bit late to the AirBnb game - it's only recently that I jumped in to become a member and began using the service but I have to say I've had great experiences so far. First there was the cozy cabin in the woods of Norway which I shared here on the blog and I just got back from a trip to France where I had another great experience. Between the style, value, location, hosts and cute animals, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it here with you guys. If you are planning a visit and wondering about where to stay in Normandy, I've got you covered!

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24 Hours in Oslo

Norway's Booming Capital - How to Spend 24 Hours in Oslo

The vibrant city of Oslo is somewhat of a surprising European treasure. Its kaleidoscopic make up appeals to many which is perhaps why interest in this hidden gem is growing. For the thinkers, there is a wide array of museums to spend time in. For the outdoor lovers, there are many hiking and cycling trails to offer as well as parks and other outdoor activities. For the city slickers, the busy center of town has many unique stores as well as trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. There is a lot to see. My biggest suggestion would be to allow more than 24 hours to get through it all, I'd say at least 3 days, but if you only have 24 hours in Oslo then check out these suggestions to help you plan your trip.

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Cooking Class in Italy

Don't Miss This Unbelievably Amazing Cooking Class in Italy

Ever since I moved to Italy, I have received many questions and comments about food. It makes sense since Italians are known for their amazing food! If in America, people fight with each other over the color of their football jersey, in Italy they would fight over the ingredients in the perfect ragu. Cooking skills are certainly alive and well here and cooking isn't just a chore where you whip together something edible to get through to the next meal. There is a passion which is evident in each step of the cooking experience - from picking the ingredients, to the cooking processes, to stopping to sit and enjoy the meal. Today I am excited to share this post with you because I get to showcase a wonderful local business where you can experience an authentic cooking class in Italy, learn new skills, cook a meal and even enjoy farmstay accommodation in the most picturesque area.

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photographing the northern lights

A Beginners Guide to Photographing the Northern Lights

I consider myself pretty good at night photos but photographing the Northern Lights was a little a lot harder than I anticipated. Being out in the woods meant that the scene was a lot darker than anything I had tried to photograph before and the dancing lights added a new dynamic to the whole process. It was a new challenge and one I appreciated because without challenges how are we meant to get to that next level right? Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a photographer by any means, and these aren't the best photos of the Northern Lights that you will see, but I wanted to share a few of the most important tips I could think of to help other beginners out there get even better pics of the glorious light shows.

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What to Pack for a Week in Northern Norway - Winter Getaway Guide

I always thought I hated the cold. I was one of those people that could never understand why anyone would want to go on a winter holiday. It seemed like such horrible punishment. I had also always lived in tropical locations so the idea of cold was very foreign to me, which I think added to my dislike. This year I have been pushing myself outside of my toasty warm comfort zone to experience actual cold winters with trips to Switzerland and even a week in northern Norway.  I have to say that once I learned what I needed to keep warm in the cold weather and invested in some the right gear, I actually had a great time! Now I am already looking forward to my next winter trip! I'm sharing these recommendations on the blog to help you get ready for your next winter trip.

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Northern Lights Norway

Sleep Under the Northern Lights in Norway Without Breaking the Bank

Imagine this. You rug yourself up in a warm jacket and step outside into a dark, winter night. The air is cold and still. You break the peaceful silence with a light, crunching sound that marks each step you take through the fresh powdery snow. As you stop to gaze up into space, you can see stars twinkle across the endless dark sky and then, magic happens. The bright and colorful lights of the Auroras dance across the darkness, moving and swaying as if having a life of their own. Does this sound like a dream experience to add to your bucket list? If so, read on. Today I am sharing all the details on how you can experience this very dream of seeing the Northern Lights in Norway without breaking the budget.

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Day Trips From Lucerne

Day Trips From Lucerne - Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus

I'm really excited for this post on day trips from Lucerne because it allowed me to go through photos of two of the best adventures I have ever been on! Recently I went on a solo trip to Lucerne and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to visit the summits of both Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus. At the end of both of these days I was filled with so much happiness, a type of happiness where I was beaming with a huge, dorky smile that I couldn't seem to wipe off my face. If you are planning a trip to Lucerne, I hope this post helps you in your planning and if you are wondering where to go on your next trip, I hope this post inspires you to consider this incredible part of the world.

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Things to do in Lucerne

Where to Stay in Lucerne - Experience Luxury at The Grand Hotel National

If you are planning your trip but wondering where to stay in Lucerne, I have a post for you! During my recent visit to the charming town of Lucerne I was a guest of the The Grand Hotel National and, though I have shared a few pictures on Instagram, I loved it so very much that I also wanted to share more details of my experience with you today because let's face it, you work hard and deserve a little luxury. 

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Day Trips From Lucerne

Things To Do in Lucerne for the Solo Female Traveler

I was recently fortunate enough to explore the charming town of Lucerne in Switzerland as a solo female traveler. It was a smooth 6 hour train ride from where I live in Italy and felt like I had taken a magic carpet into a whole new world! If you have seen my Instagram then I'm sure you already have an understanding of how much I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I am here today to offer more details on my favorite things to do in Lucerne, using the highlights of my trip as examples so that you too can plan a trip to this lovely town.

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Things to do in Tallinn

10 Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia - A Complete Travel Guide

Have you ever thought about visiting the town of Tallinn, Estonia? To be quite honest, I hadn't thought of it at all. It was a place that I knew existed, but that's as far as my thought process on Estonia had gone. Then the opportunity for a weekend away came knocking at my door and I thought 'well, why not?' If you saw my pictures on Instagram you probably already know that I had a great time and truly fell in love with this Baltic treasure. Of course I had to share it with you guys so I put together a little list of things to do in Tallinn that should keep you busy for a weekend. If you were like me and had never really thought of visiting, I hope this inspires you to add this jewel of Estonia to your bucket list! 

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Torrente Canali

Torrente Canali - A Hidden Turquoise Pond in the Mountains

The beautiful region of Trento has a little hidden secret. A secret which comes in the form of an exquisite turquoise pond hidden away in the mountains. Hypnotizing in a way, the pond is such an intense shade of blue that you can't help but look at it. I took a trip out to find it recently and wanted to share it with you here on the blog today. If you have the time to visit, then I highly recommend this wonderful piece of paradise. 

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Lago Di Carezza

Lago Di Carezza - The Must See Rainbow Lake of the Dolomites

It should come as no shock to you guys that I'm a water baby. Perhaps a fish is a more accurate description, but either way, it is safe to say that I love being around the water. Here in Italy, I have been very lucky to find some magnificent bodies of water in the form of lakes in the mountains and they have quickly became some of my favorite places. In today's post I am sharing one of these grand lakes with you and everything you need to know to enjoy a trip to visit the awe inspiring Lago di Carezza. 

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public transport friendly day trips from vicenza

5 Public Transport Friendly Day Trips From Vicenza

So you have just arrived in Vicenza, don't have your car yet but want to get started exploring your surroundings. Where do you start? It's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do here in Italy but rest easy because I have prepared a guide of 5 public transport friendly day trips from Vicenza to get your adventures started ASAP!

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Glamping in slovenia

7 Undeniable Reasons to go Glamping in Slovenia

I was very lucky this past weekend to have had the opportunity to go glamping in Slovenia at a wonderful local campground called Adrenaline Check. After only a three hour drive, I walked up a small path between the trees, excited to see what the weekend would have in store for me.

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The Hidden Hiking Treasure of Lago Di Senaiga

Happy September everyone! Can you believe how fast the year has flown by? I'm still in shock that we are in September to be honest and it feels like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2016! A lot has happened this year which is perhaps why it flew by so quickly, and I just hope that all of our coming months end 2016 with fun adventures and memorable moments.

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Lago Di Corlo

Unexpected Adventures at Lago Di Corlo

The grandeur setting of Lago Di Corlo will leave you inspired and feeling very small. Nestled between lush mountains, the large lake oozes serenity making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic with friends. There is free parking, grassed areas, water activities with equipment to rent and even campgrounds nearby that have a private beach entrance for campground users. The day we visited was on a weekend and looking around us we saw plenty of groups of people and their pets scattered on the grass enjoying picnics together under the sun. Our day turned out to be much different from the relaxation others were experiencing - much, much, different... 

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Tuscan Getaway

A Dream Tuscan Getaway with Agriturismo La Fontaccia

When I say 'Tuscany' what comes to your mind? For me, it was all about the rolling hills with vineyards for days, sweeping countryside landscapes, good food, better wine and sunflower fields. I had never been to Tuscany before so this imagery that had made its way into my mind through movies and travel pictures had become my dream vision for the perfect Tuscan getaway. The crazy thing is, after staying at Agriturismo La Fontaccia for the weekend recently, my dream vision came true. Let me tell you all about it. 

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Gnome Village

Touring a Magical Gnome Village in Asiago, Italy

I'm so excited to share my first official blog post showcasing a local experience here in Italy! To be honest, I had a few adventures to choose from since moving here and I chose this one because, quite simply, it was just a unique and fun experience. I shared a picture on Instagram recently from my tour but now let's take a journey deep in the woods of Asiago, to find the magical Gnome Village. 

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