Category Archives : Europe

Gondola Ride in Venice

Taking a gondola ride in Venice, Italy has been on my bucket list for years.  When I found out that I would be visiting Venice a couple of years ago I knew that I had to take a gondola ride while I was there.  Venice is unlike any city that I have ever been to […]

gondola ride


Visiting Rome

Last fall I spent two full days visiting Rome, Italy and I was so excited to explore this city.  I stayed at Hotel Fenix which was very close to Via Marsala where you can board a train or a hop on hop off bus.  Prior to the trip I had purchased a 48 hour ticket […]

Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Following my tour of the Louvre my tour group boarded a boat to travel down the Sine river to the Eiffel Tower.  The boat had a glass top which made it quite warm but also made it very easy to sight see and take pictures.  We passed so many beautiful places and I was thrilled […]

eiffel tower


Exploring the Louvre in Paris

Last fall I had the privilege of visiting Paris, France.  My grandpa and I had traveled from Switzerland to Disneyland Paris where we had such an incredible time.  However, I knew that I couldn’t be that close to the city of Paris without getting a chance to explore it.  Paris has always been at the […]

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia was the last stop on my European cruise.  We were in port from 7am to 2pm so that we could start making our way back to Venice.  The picture above was the view I had while eating my breakfast as we pulled into port.  The area that the port is in is very […]



Corfu Greece

Corfu is a beautiful island located off of Greece’s northwest coast and was the third stop on my cruise.  My grandpa and I decided not to book an excursion so that we could explore on our own.  I found out before we got to Corfu that the city center was not walkable from where the […]

Visiting Athens Greece

During the second full day of the cruise we stopped in Piraeus, Greece where my Grandpa and I boarded a shuttle to go to Athens as part of the Taste of Athens excursion offered through Royal Caribbean.  Our excursion was seven hours long though had I realized that the Parthenon was the same thing as […]


kotor montenegro

Visiting Kotor Montenegro

On the first day of the cruise we went to Kotor, Montenegro but were not scheduled to arrive there until after 2:00pm which freed up the morning to explore the ship.  Since my sleep schedule was completely off I was up before at sunrise and took some time to walk on the track at the […]

Cruising in Europe

One day my Grandpa and I were reminiscing about our previous trip to Europe which involved a lot of changing hotels and trains/planes to get from one country to the next.  While we both had an amazing time on that trip I mentioned to my Grandpa that in the future I would want to travel […]

Splendour of the Seas

hotel panorama

Where to Stay in Venice

Last fall I visited Venice, Italy with my Grandpa.  I was exhausted trying to figure out where to stay in Venice that was affordable but also looked like a place that I would actually want to stay at.  It was quite a challenge to say the least so I decided to ask on Facebook if […]