Castles of Transylvania

After spending a few days in Bucharest, we hired a guide to take us to Brasov, stopping at three castles en route. The first stop was Peles Castle, a summer home for the royal family. Since the royal family was German, the style of the palaces tends to reflect this. We opted for the short…

Two Days in Dubrovnik

We caught the high speed catamaran from Hvar to Dubrovnik (the ferries are easy to use and relatively affordable, just make sure to book tickets in advance in the summer) and arrived to our final destination around noon. Fortunately, our Airbnb hosts here allowed us to check into our apartment early, so we ate a…

From Menton to Monaco (and Villefranche-ser-Mer)

After a day of exploring Nice, and another day touring wineries in Provence, it was time to take on the rest of the French Riviera. Trains and busses abound from Nice to Menton, running through beautiful coastal towns. Take the 100 bus from Nice (starting location may vary due to construction in Nice) and ride…

Five Things to Do on a Long Weekend in Lisbon

A long weekend isn’t a ton of time, but you can definitely get a taste of this beautiful and interesting city.  Here’s my thoughts on how to make the most of your time: Dinner or drinks with a view. There are so many hilltop or roof top bars, and at sunset it’s just beautiful. We…

What is the best travel resource?

Do you follow a zillion travel blogs for inspiration? Do you prefer the eye appealing Pinspiration? Are you a trip advisor kind of traveller? Or do you prefer trusted guides on paper? Or do you go on full service tours and excursions that take the research out of it? I’m sure most people, like me,…