Western Europe
Walking Scotland–An Outlander Experience

Walking Scotland–An Outlander Experience

Hiking, Haggis and Humor in the Highlands I met a real Jamie Fraser on my hike through Scotland on the Great Glen Way. Actually, his name was Steve, and he was our guide on the 79-mile hiking adventure along the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands of Scotland. But he...

24 Hours in Liverpool–More than just the Beatles

24 Hours in Liverpool–More than just the Beatles

Walking Liverpool The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Liverpool is often The Beatles. For good reason. But Liverpool is loaded with fun and unusual things to do, and it's my favorite city in the United Kingdom to walk. It even beats out Edinburgh and...

Dear European Hostel Owner

Dear European Hostel Owner

An open letter to European Hostel Owners-- Dear European Hostel Owner; My 14-year old daughter and I (aged 50) just completed a 30-day romp through your wonderful countries. We started in Lisbon and left out of Dublin, staying in Lisbon, Faro, Sevilla, Granada,...

Step by Step Guide for Getting Around Southern Spain Without a Car

Step by Step Guide for Getting Around Southern Spain Without a Car

Step by Step Guide for Getting Around Southern Spain (Faro, Sevilla, Granada, Barcelona) One of the best things about traveling is its puzzle. Working out the logistics of getting from one place to another via the public transit options and within a budget can daunt...

Walking in Lisbon

Walking in Lisbon

Walking Lisbon I've been trying to get to Lisbon since 1986. After 30+ years of waiting, I finally made it this week. What a treat, and I'm glad I waited so long. Portugal Is Everywhere Portugal has a long history of conquering and being conquered. It's very proud of...

5 Unusual Places Photo Eiffel Tower

5 Unusual Places Photo Eiffel Tower

How to Photo Eiffel Tower You've seen a million pics of the Eiffel Tower, and now those pics got you to buy a ticket and you're headed to France. And you want to get "your" photo of the Eiffel Tower. Well, instead of taking the obligatory pic from the park across the...

3 Hours in Amsterdam Airport

3 Hours in Amsterdam Airport

Passing 3 Hours in Amsterdam Airport After a flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, we had 3 hours in Amsterdam airport to catch our flight to Stockholm. Amsterdam airport, the heartbeat of European travel, quickly dispenses its passages to countries beyond. It's an...

5 Unusual Things to Do in Iceland

5 Unusual Things to Do in Iceland

Top Five Unusual Things to Do in Iceland (note: this post was updated in 2019) The Guidebooks are great (especially DK's Top 10 Iceland), but I've got 5 unusual things to do in Iceland that the guidebooks won't cover. We recently returned from a mid-winter's trip and...

What to Do with a 4-Hour Layover in Rome

What to Do with a 4-Hour Layover in Rome

4-Hour Layover in Rome (Note: This post was updated in 2019.) First, let's just say that the Rome (FCO) airport is simply stupid. The terminals are not connected nor are their systems either. We had to walk outside from terminal to terminal to determine which terminal...

Sleeping on a 747 in Stockholm But Not Flying

Sleeping on a 747 in Stockholm But Not Flying

Stay the Night in a 747 Despite the fact we will be traveling over 26000 miles by air on our RTW trip and sleeping a good portion of it on planes, we couldn't resist a night's stay in Jumbo Jet at the Stockholm airport. Located just off the Arlanda tarmac is a...

The World’s Most Beautiful Train Ride Norway in a Nutshell

The World’s Most Beautiful Train Ride Norway in a Nutshell

Getting from Oslo to Bergen Step by Step Guide (Note: this post was updated in 2019.) We wanted to get from Oslo to Bergen and see the fjords. For hours, I moved among several different Swedish and Nordic websites, trying to piece together a combined package of...

24 Hours Walking Oslo

24 Hours Walking Oslo

24 Hours Walking Oslo I liked Oslo much better than Stockholm. Both are capitols, but Oslo is much more manageable and quaint. It's older, too and doesn't seem to want to dominate the Scandinavian countries like Sweden does. Easily walkable, the entire downtown which...