Italy 2017 – Naples Day 4 & 5

Day 4 The home of pizza had been on our wish list for years. I was a bit hesitant to visit because friends had traveled there and said they didn’t enjoy it. Reviews revealed there was some crime and described Naples as a gritty city. Because of our tight schedule we decided to only stayContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Naples Day 4 & 5”

Italy 2017 – Venice Day 2, 3, and 4

Day 2 Renting a car is usually how we get around in Europe. However since we were going from Rome to Venice and Naples we opted instead to use the high speed rails. Driving from Rome to Venice and then Venice to Naples by car would have taken 12 hours, the train saved us 4Continue reading “Italy 2017 – Venice Day 2, 3, and 4”

Italy 2017 – Rome Day 1

We started in Rome because I found a $400 per person flight during the summer! Our flight arrived at nine in the morning; we didn’t leave the airport until 11. Fortunately our hotel could accommodate us checking in at noon. Since everyone was tired we ate at the hotel, which offered an affordably priced prix-fixeContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Rome Day 1”

Scotland – 5 Days, 4 Nights

Short fall getaway, no crowds, lower cost Scotland is a gorgeous, friendly, and compact destination. This makes it a great option for a shorter vacation if you’re limited on time. Also it pairs very well with a visit to England. If you can spare a day to visit the Highlands, even if only the southernContinue reading “Scotland – 5 Days, 4 Nights”

Scotland – Edinburgh – Castle & Old Town

Castles, Camera Obscura, and traditional dishes On our last full day we explored Edinburgh Castle, gathered to watch the daily firing of the One O’Clock gun, and looked up my husband’s family crest. Our family name comes from southern Scotland near the English border.  The Murdocks used to travel back and forth pillaging from theContinue reading “Scotland – Edinburgh – Castle & Old Town”

Scotland – Small Group Tour – Day 2

Loch Ness & Glencoe Hunting for Nessie at Urquhart Castle and looking for James Bonds’ Skyfall Day two and it was time to hunt for Nessie, we toured Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. The scenery was amazing, we arrived as the sun was rising. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we captured some amazingContinue reading “Scotland – Small Group Tour – Day 2”

Scotland – Small Group Tour – Day 1

Highlands & Rainy Hikes More sights, more rest, and no stress Up until this point we had never vacationed on a group tour. We usually engage in completely independent travel, but we made the decision to go to Scotland with only about three weeks until departure. Because of this I had limited time to doContinue reading “Scotland – Small Group Tour – Day 1”

Scotland – Edinburgh – HMS Britannia & Harry Potter

Scotland had been on my family’s wish list for awhile, and we are lucky to have the first week in November off from school. That time  is a great opportunity to travel because it’s shoulder or off season. We are fortunate that where we live I have one week that I can always travel offContinue reading “Scotland – Edinburgh – HMS Britannia & Harry Potter”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You can either chose to be a traveler or you’re born into it. I was born into it. My mother and father were world travelers. They took me all over the world and started when I was just a couple months old. Many aren’t as fortunate as I was and don’t consider international travel anContinue reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”