Europe

Parma, Modena, Bologna — The Ultimate Foodie road trip through Italy!

Emilia-Romagna, located in the northeast of the Italian peninsula, is one of our favorite places in Italy. With its rich heritage, centuries-old towns, and some of the best food, this region is a gem that should be checked out when in Italy. Emilia-Romagna is home to some of the culinary specialities that have led to Italy’s worldwide fame: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese from Regio Emilia, Ham and Culatello from Parma, Balsamic vinegar from Modena, and Tagliatelle pasta from Bologna. If you ask any Italian what their favorite place to eat is — the first answer would be “mamma’s kitchen”, and the ...

Cinque Terre — The Italian Riviera!

Cinque Terre is a coastal area located in northwestern Italy, nestled among the cliffs of the Mediterranean Sea, in the Liguria region. It is a breathtakingly beautiful six-mile stretch of the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre (pronounced cheen-kweh teh-rreh) means 'Five Villages'  or 'Five Lands' and it is exactly that – five picturesque fishing villages tucked into the mountains with spectacular views of the sea. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the five villages that make up Cinque Terre. Each town fills a ravine, and offers a unique mix of Italian culture, and nature at its best. Cinque ...

Romania — Explore the Carpathian Garden!

Marked by towering medieval castles and ancient fortified churches, Romania has no shortage of jaw-dropping architecture. It’s also home to some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet, including the Carpathian Mountains, and the Danube River. If you’re looking for a country rich in history and full of outdoor adventure, then look no further than Romania. Known for its castles, fortified stone churches, monasteries, and beautiful medieval towns like Brasov and Sighişoara, the mysterious and alluring country of Romania is guaranteed to captivate you. Although many people link this relatively untouched destination to Transylvania and Dracula, there are so many ...

Barcelona — Dalí inspired Road trip!

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and one of the busiest cities in Spain, has won the hearts of many travelers due to its world-class Spanish food, golden beaches, vibrant bustling neighborhoods, and most importanly the glorious architecture of this city. Antoni Gaudí's work is a huge attraction in this city, and he might very well be the city's unofficial architect. While its roots stretch back to the Roman Empire, it was during the Middle Ages that Barcelona really grew into the economic and political center of the Western Europe. The locals consider themselves Catalonian rather than Spanish, you’ll see signs ...

Vienna — Now and Forever!

Vienna, Austria's capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning architecture. Vienna has something for everyone... For music lovers, it’s the home of Mozart. For foodies, it’s home to the Wiener Schnitzel. For outdoor lovers, you can hike in every corner of this picturesque city. It is famous for its cultural events, majestic sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and a very special Viennese charm. Vienna is among Europe’s most walkable cities, and each district has its own distinct vibe. Baroque streetscapes, regal palaces, beautiful churches, museums were all reasons to add Vienna to our bucket list. So ...

Portugal — The Perfect Staycation!

Portugal is a country blessed with old-world European charm, medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, golden beaches, rugged coastline, incredible weather, delicious food, and plentiful wine — recipe for a perfect holiday destination! Portugal has consistently made the top 5 list for the most popular retirement destinations in the world due to good weather, healthcare, and mainly affordability. We've read so much about Portugal over the years, and my husband is in the process of getting his Portuguese citizenship, so these were all great reasons for us to make this trip happen. It was truly a magical experience, and we ...