Go Into the Glacier before it’s gone

Glaciers are melting all over the world due to climate change. Average global temperatures are on the rise. When the air temperature is above 32º F/0º C, glacial ice melts the same as home freezer ice. Langjökull Glacier in Iceland is 200,000 km cubed/47,983 miles cubed of ice. That will take a long time toContinue reading “Go Into the Glacier before it’s gone”

Italy 2017 – Rome Day 8 & 9

The last leg of our whirlwind Italian tour would bring us back to Rome, but we took a quick detour.  We found a small town that was mostly empty because of August vacations; but with one open restaurant. The food was serviceable but in hindsight we probably should have stopped at one of the AutogrillContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Rome Day 8 & 9”

Italy 2017 – The Royal Palace of Caserta – Day 7

AKA Naboo from A Galaxy Far, Far Away Day 7  Scrolling through Facebook one day I came across an article with a title something like “lesser known places you need to see.”  It hooked me, and as I began to scroll through many familiar sites, I came across this location. The Royal Palace of CasertaContinue reading “Italy 2017 – The Royal Palace of Caserta – Day 7”

Italy 2017 – Amalfi Coast Day 5, 6, & 7

Day 5 We arrived around 5pm, too late for drink and snack service, but we were still able to spend two hours swimming in the gorgeous inlet and pool as the sun was starting to set.  We had the place almost completely to ourselves which was lovely. Dinner at the hotel was the best ofContinue reading “Italy 2017 – Amalfi Coast Day 5, 6, & 7”

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 – 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”