Planning A Trip To Paris

Planning A Trip To Paris - Here's What You Need To Know

If you are planning a trip to Paris but don't know where to start then today's post is for you. I'm sharing some of the basics to get you ready to book yourself a holiday to this iconic city, which is a destination everyone should visit in their lifetime in my opinion. It is a city with a certain romantic, magic energy to it that you just have to experience.

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Stay In Paris With An Eiffel Tower View

Stay In Paris With An Eiffel Tower View - Yes You Can!

What a dream! Really, that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my stay at this AirBnb. I wanted to find somewhere to stay in Paris with an Eiffel Tower view because it was a long time dream of mine - a dream heavily influenced by Sex And The City and photos of Beyonce which seemed like the ultimate girly bucket list travel experience. The prices for a room with a view however... well let's just say that you kind of need a Kardashian budget to be able to experience it. Or so I thought. Where there's a will, there's a way so I scoured over AirBnb until I found the perfect place that didn't cost a million and I'm sharing it here today because it needs to be on your bucket list too!

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Visit the Colosseum

How To Visit The Colosseum In Rome (& Make The Most Of It)

Most of the time, people call me Katie. But for one sunny day in January, I was simply known as Gladiator! Ok, ok, I'll admit that maybe that was only in my head and maybe I've seen the movie Gladiator one too many times. Anyway, I had wanted to visit the Colosseum since I saw that movie. It was high on my bucket list and it's actually a little surprising that I have lived in Italy for a year and a half and still not seen it (I had only seen the Arena in Verona). I decided it was time to finally visit the Colosseum so I took a day trip to Rome and joined a tour with Walks of Italy to make the most of my time there. Here's how it went.

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Christmas In Prague

Christmas In Prague Is A Fairytale - Here's How To Plan Your Visit

Europe is truly an enchanting place during the holidays. The fairytale like celebrations in Europe are straight out of a fairytale (and maybe a cool novelty for me since where I'm from the holidays fall over Summer). My first Christmas here was straight magic in the cabin in the woods of Northern Norway and last year I traveled to the Czech Republic to spend Christmas in Prague. It was so wonderful that I wanted to share a loaded travel guide to help you plan your trip, because let's face it, Christmas will be here again before we know it so we might as well start planning now!

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Day trip to Sintra

How To Plan A Day Trip To Sintra - Getting There & What To Do

It's funny that one of the most popular things to do in Lisbon is to get out of the city, but taking a day trip to Sintra is popular for good reason. Just a short train ride from Lisbon will whisk you away into this castle filled wonderland with a lot to explore. To really get through it all you would need a couple of days, but if you only have a day to spend in Sintra you can still see a lot and have a great time, like I did. The day I went it rained the whole time - travel blogging isn't all glamorous like people think,  sometimes you are standing out in the cold rain for three days trying to get pictures! Even though my pictures are a little gloomy and rainy, it's actually a colorful place full of character and history. Here's a little guide to help you plan your day trip to Sintra from Lisbon.

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Food tour in Lisbon

The Must Do Food Tour In Lisbon - A Day With Culinary Backstreets

One thing I knew I had to do while in Portugal was a walking food tour in Lisbon. I had read other bloggers talk about how amazing the food was in Portugal and I wanted to try as much as possible! The catch though was that I was traveling alone and I didn't have a big budget to buy a lot of different meals... hmmmm what to do, what to do? After a little Googling, I jumped on the chance to do a walking food tour with Culinary Backstreets Lisbon and it turned out to be such a fun and interesting day snacking through the streets of Lisbon. Let's take a closer look - I have to warn you in advance though, this post might make you hungry for a trip to Lisbon!

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Where to stay in Lisbon

Where To Stay In Lisbon - The Historic Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel

It's an 18th century building that has been delicately resuscitated and given a new chance at life as a charming, boutique hotel and it's my pick of where to stay in Lisbon. Welcome to the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel where I was a guest during my recent trip to Lisbon. It was my first time to Portugal and I was welcomed with almost non stop rain! Though I was a little unlucky on the weather side of things, I was certainly lucky with the choice of hotel because the location, extra facilities and pool to relax in made me forget about the gloomy weather and enjoy the bright side. Let's take a closer look at what made it so special.

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Visiting Malta In November - It's More Than Just A Summer Destination

When I was researching about a visit to Malta in the shoulder season I wasn't sure what to expect. I was planning to visit Malta in November but most of the information I found related to summertime travels - soaking in the sun and swimming around in the ever popular bright blue water that surrounds the islands. I booked it all anyway and thought I'd roll the dice. It turns out that there's a lot more to Malta than just beautiful water to swim in and November ended up being a great time to visit! The pros - it was less crowded, you have a chance to support businesses when they need it most and travel can be cheaper. The cons - depending on the weather when you visit, you may not be  able to go swimming, it could be windy and rainy and some tours may not be operating. Here is my guide to visiting Malta in November (which may also be useful for a visit any time of year), but in my experience, I found that it was much more than just a summertime destination.

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Gozo Jeep Tour

Must Do Gozo Jeep Tour - See It All With Gozo Pride Tours

There are A LOT of things to see and do in Malta. I only had a short amount of time for my visit and I wanted to maximize it as much as possible. I knew I wanted to try a day tour with a local company, preferably Gozo jeep tour but finding one that suited my travel style was a little trickier than I though. I searched and searched but it seemed like I wasn't going to be able to find a good tour. Until... I stumbled across Gozo Pride Tours. Something just felt right and I knew the full day jeep tour around Gozo was the one. Luckily for me, there was room for the day I had planned and I was able to book my spot on the jeep for a full day of sightseeing.

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Where to stay in Malta

Where To Stay In Malta - Travel With A Difference At Corinthia St George's Bay

After visiting other cities in Malta I was really glad to have chosen to stay at the Corinthia Hotel St George's Bay. It was a relaxing oasis by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea that felt like a world away from everything, but in reality was just a quick shuttle ride away from the capital. To be honest, this hotel offers so much and I don't think I could cover everything in one post. I'm not even going to try. Instead, I want to share with you some of the things that stood out to me and made my stay so very special. So special in fact, that I am already planning to visit again next year! If you want any more information I've added links throughout the post as well as at the end so if you are planning a visit and wondering where to stay in Malta, there should be plenty of info for you here. For today, this is why I think the Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay was the perfect place to stay in Malta.

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Stay in Milan with a Duomo View

Stay In Milan With A Duomo View (Without Spending A Fortune)

We all know Milan - it's one of the most popular, iconic cities in Italy. I'm sure it's not common that people visit this city specifically to watch WWE Wrestling, but that's exactly why I planned a visit recently! WWE was coming to town and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go and see the show - I'm the girl who went to WrestleMania alone after all! While I was doing an accommodation search I assumed there would be no way I could afford to stay anywhere nice and/or close to the Duomo. I figured that would only be for those super glamorous fashion bloggers or people with a lot of money - not a bloggers budget. Oh how wrong I was though! I'm really happy to share that it is 100% possible to find a place to stay in Milan with a Duomo view and not spend a fortune and I am revealing all the details here today.

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Ice Swimming In Finland

Ice Swimming In Finland - My Helsinki Birthday Wish At Löyly

The water was so cold that it winded me. I caught my breath, swam over to the edge and climbed my numb legs up the ladder. Once I was out of the water the breeze outside hit me like a million knives piercing my skin at once. My feet were sore from the numbness but they managed to walk me the few steps over to my tiny sauna towel. Just as I got out, a big smile came across my face and I wanted to do it all again. It was my birthday wish this year to go ice swimming in Finland and I was able to do just that at Löyly during my solo trip to Helsinki. Another bucket list check and extraordinary travel experience...well, experienced and I'm sharing all the details here today.

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How To Spend A Weekend In Helsinki

How To Spend A Weekend In Helsinki - A Loaded Travel Guide

My visit to Finland was a quick solo trip to celebrate my birthday and I know that sounds weird to travel solo for a birthday but I'm introverted so I'm pretty comfortable being alone. I've put together this guide on how to spend a weekend in Helsinki to share some of the wonderful things to do in the pretty, seaside city. Even if you only have a weekend, you can still enjoy a lot of what the city has to offer. The capital city is a natural escape filled wth parks, lakes, ocean as well as lots of stylish shops, cozy cafes and, of course, saunas so let's take a closer look.

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Where To Stay In Helsinki

Where To Stay In Helsinki - Escape The Ordinary At Hotel Katajanokka

"Escape the ordinary". I smiled as I read this on the Hotel Katajanokka website, which I had stumbled across while Googling 'where to stay in Helsinki'. It's funny how some places choose you instead of you choosing them and this was one of those times. My spider senses told me that this would be a perfect place to stay for someone with a blog motto of "extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people" and, as per usual, those spider senses were 100% right. Not only did our mottos align, but this in fact was a place well suited for anyone who loves to experience something a little different and unique while traveling. This is just that, a unique hotel where you can stay in...wait for it...prison! Well, a former prison but, either way inmate, let's check you in to your cell away from home at Hotel Katajanokka.

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hitler's eagle's nest

Hitler's Eagle's Nest: Plan Your Visit With This Jam Packed 2 Day Itinerary

Hitler's Eagle's Nest is one of those touristy places that you just need to visit. The famous mountain top house now operates as a restaurant and is open for guests to see, grab a bite to eat and walk around the top of the mountain to soak in the incredible views. Since the house is now a restaurant and there aren't a range of exhibits to see, you don't need to allow a huge amount of time there. So how are you going to spend the rest of your time? This itinerary guides you to visit not only Hitler's Eagles Nest, but also offers a weekend worth of other activities in Austria and Germany from museums to a concentration camp and even a gorgeous lake in nature. 

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Best Beaches in Corfu

Best Beaches In Corfu - Wait 'Till You See These Colors!

I was so excited to finally visit Greece because it has been on my bucket list since forever! I remember going on some early dates with my husband to get Greek food and talking over gyros about how one day we would love to take a trip together to eat real Greek food in Greece. Maybe that sentimental value is why I was so excited, but either way we got there and it was just magical. Far greater than what I had imagined! I spent a whirlwind long weekend on the island of Corfu and beach hopped my way through the different beaches on the north half of the island. They were all so beautiful that I wanted to share them here today with this guide to the best beaches in Corfu. 

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Reykjavik on a Budget

Reykjavik On A Budget: How To Visit Without Breaking The Bank

There are a lot of words you could use to describe Iceland but "cheap" certainly isn't one of them. That's not to say that you shouldn't visit though because it's an awesome country and there's a lot to see and do. During my recent visit, I was trying not to jump on the spendings treadmill too much so I decided to compile this list of tips and cheap things to do to help you prepare for your own visit. If you use a few of these tips then you should be able to enjoy a great visit to Reykjavik on a budget without having to sell one of your kidneys to pay back your credit card!

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Living in Italy

Living In Italy: Expat Reflections Of The Good, The Bad & The Great

Wow, I can't believe that it was one year ago I boarded a plane at the Honolulu Airport and moved across the pond to start a new chapter of life here in Italy. My husband left soon after we got here and I remember the isolating feeling of sitting in my empty apartment with no money, no car, no job, no friends and now no-one to talk to and wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into like it was yesterday. Where did that time go? Though I spent most of my time here alone, a lot has happened in my first year. I survived my first winter, I stumbled through communicating with a language barrier, I visited too many lakes and cities to count, I went on 9 international trips and I ate some a lot of the most delicious pasta on the planet (most of which I am now trying to get rid of from my hips before summer comes)! It certainly doesn't feel like a whole year has gone by and I still feel like the new kid in many ways but since the calendar is telling me that I've been living in Italy for a year I figured it was a good time to reflect and write a little anniversary post to my adopted home.

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Swimming in Iceland

Swimming in Iceland: Mandatory Group Showers & Everything You Need to Know

Swimming in Iceland is a big part of the culture and the residents definitely don't let the cold stop them. You've probably already heard of the Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon but luckily, these crowded and expensive tourist attractions are not the only places to take a dip. There are many local geothermal pools all around Iceland and whether you are interested in doing laps for exercise or soaking in hot tubs, there's a little something for everyone. The catch - there is a strict process around getting ready for the swim including mandatory naked group showers! During my first trip to one of the pools I was overwhelmed with all the rules. I was literally walking around completely naked and stopping by every sign to read them because I didn't want to accidentally do something that I wasn't meant to! I wanted to write this post because it's something I would've loved to have read before my visit and I hope it can be useful to you if you are planning to go swimming in Iceland (you definitely should by the way, it's amazing!) Of course you won't remember everything I've written but I think that if you've read this and have an idea of the flow of the process then it will come back to you when you are in the change room - so hopefully you won't be the awkward sign reading naked chick like me! At the end of the post I've also added a list of pools, a few of which are walking distance from downtown Reykjavik. 

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Iceland as a solo female traveler

How To Explore Iceland As A Solo Female Traveler

Exploring Iceland as a solo female traveler can sound overwhelming! There's the intense weather fluctuations, the rugged climate and the isolation, but don't let that stop you from booking a trip because Iceland is a very solo female traveler friendly destination. I wanted to see as much of the beautiful nature there as possible but there was the one catch - the transportation. When I'm traveling solo I just can't drive around all day. I don't know about you but there's something about driving that makes me so tired and if I don't have someone to talk to or play car Karaoke with (for the record, I do a pretty great Beyonce performance) then I would get so tired and bored and probably just fall asleep at the wheel. So when I was planning my trip I had to figure out how to see it all without having to drive all day and I'm happy to say that I found a way - by jumping on a couple of Bustravel Iceland tours.

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Where To Stay In Bath

Where To Stay In Bath: It's All In The Details At Halcyon Apartments

Good morning beautiful blog readers! Last week we toured Bath with a post on things to do there (you can read that here if you are interested) so today I want to answer the all important question of where to stay in Bath. Picking accommodation can be hard right? It's a tough decision to make when you're trying to decide where to spend your precious, tourist dollars because making the wrong choice can really tarnish a holiday (I know this from experience)! This is exactly why I feel grateful to be able to share places that I love with you and I always hope they can help you in your own trip planning. The Halcyon Apartments in Bath is somewhere that I visited recently and is without a doubt a great example of a place that I fell in love. These apartments are as charming and elegant as the city in which they are located, so lets jump in and take a closer look.

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Things to do in Bath

Things To Do In Bath: The Highlights Of England's Georgian Gem

If you are looking for things to do in Bath, then look no further because today I'm sharing 10 of the best things to do in the beautiful, Georgian city. Everything on the list is foot friendly, so if you're not renting a car (which I don't recommend because there's really no need to in Bath and the parking situation isn't good either), then rest easy because you can walk to all of these. Side note, Stonehenge is 2 hours away but you can walk to the train station from the center of town. I visited Bath by myself and stayed at the Halcyon Apartments which was a perfect location because it was only a 10 minute walk from the center of town and all the main sights so it was perfect for me as a solo female traveler. It also helped me to save money by not needing taxis to get around. I hope you enjoy this list and find it useful for your trip planning and if you enjoy the post please remember to support my work by offering a like, share or simply leaving me a comment to let me know. 

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The Castle of William The Conqueror

Journey Back In Time By Visiting The Castle Of William The Conqueror

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 In France

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 - A Luxury Stay 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 Weekend 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 - Torrente Canali. 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

Glamping In Slovenia - 7 Undeniable Reasons You Need To Go

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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Lago Di Senaiga - The Hidden Hiking Adventure In North Italy

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. Today I want to share some photos of Lago Di Senaiga as well as a bunch of tips and tricks. 

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Lago Di Corlo

Lago Di Corlo - Unexpected Adventures While Hiking In Italy

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

Tuscan Getaway Dreams Come True 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

A Guide To 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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