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Luxembourg

Ooh La La Luxembourg

Luxembourg and it's capital, Luxembourg City was fabulous!  Luxembourg is in Western Europe surrounded by Belgium, Germany and France.  Medieval castles, hiking, viewpoints and a Louboutin shoe store! I rolled into Luxembourg City doing the milk run on a train from Poland.  I met a fellow Canadian from Toronto on the train and we had… Continue reading Ooh La La Luxembourg

Liechtenstein

Pretty Vaduz in Liechtenstein

Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein and the prettiest place I've been.  Liechtenstein is the world's wealthiest country and is landlocked between Switzerland and Austria.  There are ~ 5,500 residents in Vaduz.  Liechtenstein has mountains, vineyards, hiking and castles!  I was in heaven. I booked a room at the Landhaus am Giessen because it had… Continue reading Pretty Vaduz in Liechtenstein

Transnistria

The Country That Doesn’t Exist

There is a little strip of land between Ukraine and Moldova called Transnistria that is often referred to as "the country that doesn't exist".  Welcome to the country of Transnistria and it's capital city, Tiraspol. I took a bus from Chisinau, Moldova to Tiraspol, Transnistria and had a 10-hour visa for my visit.  I had… Continue reading The Country That Doesn’t Exist

Moldova

The Chisinau Vibe

Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe located between Ukraine and Romania.  I arrived in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, on my birthday after splurging and buying myself a birthday scarf in the airport. I found a lovely apartment in Chisinau.  One of my travel tips is to step outside of the hostel or… Continue reading The Chisinau Vibe

Bulgaria

The Incredible Sofia in the Balkans

Located in Southeastern Europe is a small country called Bulgaria.  Sofia is the capital of this Balkan nation.  It has over 2,000 years of history, mountains, rivers, a rich heritage and ketchup chips! Before I write about the gorgeous sites in Sofia, I have to gush over the fact that ketchup chips are there.  My… Continue reading The Incredible Sofia in the Balkans

San Marino

San Marino and The Three Towers

Nestled within Italy, there is another country!  What?  The Republic of San Marino is only 61 sq kms and has a population just over 30K.  The capital, the City of San Marino, is located on top of Monte Titano, which is a mountain in the Apennines.  The city itself has a population of 4,000 folks.… Continue reading San Marino and The Three Towers

Canada

The Girls In Nanoose Bay (Again!)

It was that time of year again!  The girls headed to Nanoose Bay for our yearly fun filled weekend.  We (aka The Girls) are Dawn, Debbie, Nancy, Nadine, Kim, Sheri & Jackie and have been friends for too many years to count now (think back to when you were single digits old)! Nanoose Bay is… Continue reading The Girls In Nanoose Bay (Again!)

USA

Los Angeles & The Stadium Tour

Los Angeles.  LA.  Hollywood.  Hollyweird.  Been here many times and each time is an experience.  We arrived after a very long flight from London with a connection in Amsterdam.  I got some air tags and had them in my luggage.  It was interesting to track my bags. SLS Beverly Hills Your five-star luxury perspective on… Continue reading Los Angeles & The Stadium Tour

England

Westminster Abbey

Well colour me happy!  I walked in Westminster Abbey and pictures are now allowed.  I did not have my camera (because as far as I knew pictures weren't allowed) and I had to make do with my iPhone.  Pictures have never been allowed before in the Abbey and I will admit I snuck one a… Continue reading Westminster Abbey

England

London

One of my favourite places.  I see the same things over and over and it never gets old. Park Plaza Westminster Our central London hotel is found on the lively South Bank Our central London hotel, conveniently situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, features contemporary design throughout its 1,019 rooms and suites.… Continue reading London

Scotland

Highlander & The Night Train

And just like that we were making our way to London!   Eilean Donan Castle Dating all the way back to the 13th century, this castle is alongside the road from Inverness to the Isle of Skye.  Three lochs meet here ~ Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh.  The castle was partially destroyed during the Jabobite… Continue reading Highlander & The Night Train

Scotland

Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye.  Sigh.  A bigger sigh.  It is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago and spectacular.  Breathtakingly beautiful at every turn, there are so many things to do and see here. The Skye Boat Song is about the journey of Bonnie Prince Charlie from Benbecula to the Isle of Skye.  Cuillin… Continue reading Isle of Skye

Scotland

Isle of Harris & Isle of Lewis

Off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis and Isle of Harris form the main island in the Outer Hebrides and are two parts of one island.  The Outer Hebrides are a chain of islands and I have to return and see more of them. Kirklea Island Suites 5 Star luxury, contemporary style… Continue reading Isle of Harris & Isle of Lewis

Scotland

Culloden House & Battlefield

Culloden House is THE place to stay in the Highlands.  I'm already planning to go back to the Highlands with my Mom and stay here at Culloden House again along with a stop at Windsor Castle to see the Queen's ledger stone. Culloden House DISCOVER THE LUXURIOUS CULLODEN HOUSE At the time of the Jacobite… Continue reading Culloden House & Battlefield

Scotland

Inverness

This is my favourite place in the world!  Scotland, Inverness, Culloden, the history, the world of Jamie Fraser and Outlander, I love it here.  Inverness is known as the happiest place in Scotland. Inverness is in the Scottish Highlands and two historic battles took place here ~ the Battle of Blàr nam Fèinne in the… Continue reading Inverness

Scotland

St. Andrews

Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) Hello Lallybroch from Outlander!  We stopped here on our drive from Edinburgh to St. Andrews.  I was extremely disappointed that Jamie Fraser was NOT there. St. Andrew's is the HOME OF GOLF.  It all started here in 15th century Scotland ... Old Course Hotel Escape to the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort… Continue reading St. Andrews

Scotland

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and jam packed with history.  The view is different because Edinburgh's buildings were constructed using the Craigleith Sandstone and the grey brown tones are everywhere you look.  I love the vibe of Edinburgh and the colour!  We booked all our hotels a year out and got some great deals. … Continue reading Edinburgh

Scotland

Edinburgh Out & About With Andy

Edinburgh Cab Tours We did a day out with Edinburgh Cab Tours ~ Andy took us to Tantallon Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Royal Yacht Britannia, North Berwick and the Harley Davidstore store.  Andy also stopped at a couple unplanned Outlander filming scenes! Tantallon Castle Built in 1350, today Tantallon Castle is a ruin. Rosslyn Chapel Rosslyn… Continue reading Edinburgh Out & About With Andy

Scotland

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo The 2022 show was my second time seeing the Tattoo and this is a MUST DO if you are near Edinburgh in August.  This show is amazing!!  I was hoping that Highland Cathedral would be played tonight and it was. The Tattoo is held in front of Edinburgh Castle and… Continue reading The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of RMS Titanic.  The visit to Belfast resulted in A LOT of great food and beer!  Malmaison Belfast This boutique hotel in Belfast city centre is located in the heart of the historic Cathedral Quarter. The stunning Italianate building houses 62 rooms and suites that… Continue reading Belfast

Northern Ireland

Bushmills

From Galway, with a stop at Sean's Bar, we headed to County Antrim and Bushmills.   The Bushmills Inn Quietly luxurious boutique hotel on the Causeway Coast Set against the backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, The Bushmills Inn is the perfect retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect exceptional service.… Continue reading Bushmills

Ireland

Galway

Galway Girl by Steve Earle Well, I took a stroll on the old long walk Of a day -i-ay-i-ay  I met a little girl and we stopped to talk Of a fine soft day -i-ay-i-ay And I ask you, friend, what's a fella to do 'Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue… Continue reading Galway

Ireland

Cork

Cork is known as Ireland's foodie capital ~ bring it on!  Cork County is the biggest county in Ireland with so much to see and do.  It has the most pubs than any other county in Ireland.   The Montenotte Hotel The Montenotte Hotel is a family run hotel and a former 18th Century residence of… Continue reading Cork

Ireland

Dublin

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, our first Irish stop and this wine lover discovered a liking for Guinness.  Sláinte   Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin's Leading Castle Hotel Celebrate, chill out, or relish in a little of both. The Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland is a perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique… Continue reading Dublin

Germany

Munich

Close to the Bavarian Alps, this region is beautiful. Munich is Bavaria's capital in Germany and the home of Oktoberfest.  The next Oktoberfest starts on September 17 and well ... we were a little early and missed it. Getting here was a gong show. The flight from Stockholm to Munich was at 6:00 AM. We… Continue reading Munich