November 18 What conjures up in your mind when Sweden is mentioned? Ikea, Swedish meatballs, Swedish massage, Swedish blondes, giant Vikings? We saw some of aforementioned and more on our recent winter quick trip to Stockholm--courtesy of cheap Norwegian winter airfares sales. Like other Scandinavian cities with high standards of living, Stockholm is expensive. Even … Continue reading Stockholm : Brrrrrr!
October 20 Perla Adriatic Tour picked us up from Cable Car bus stop and deposited us near Old Town to merge with another group for Mostar trip. Then it drove lazily south toward Banje beach for more pick-up before heading north out of Dubrovnik. The trip passed areas with magnificent view of pristine coastline and … Continue reading Meat, Mosque and Mostar
October 17 Leonardo Express was a quick and nice way to get to FCO. The flight to Dubrovnik was uneventful and we arrived safely to Dubrovnik. Airport was small and we easily got picked up by Uber cheaply right outside departure to get to our Airbnb which is located above Dubrovnik Cable Car and has … Continue reading Dubrovnik: You’re Worth Every Kuna
October 16 Prior to dinner, we bade goodbye to Maria and Felipe, our Tuscany Airbnb hosts, and got ready to leave for Rome. Our dirty car got hosed off and and we rode it next morning to Chiusi where it got returned to Hertz located next to the train station from which we boarded the … Continue reading Until Sunrise in Rome
October 15 Heading out early to Abbadia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, we found the monastery shrouded in fog and its parking lot empty. Nice and quiet. Just the place for contemplation. . Impressive red-bricked tower with terraced restaurant greeted our arrival. We entered via a drawbridge. Following the sloping brick walkways, lined with tall cypress, … Continue reading Breath Halted in Val D’orcia
October 14 The crowds followed us here! It was the weekend after all. Shops and wine stores beckons visitors as they climbed the main avenue toward the town center, Piazza del Duomo. This town is hilly and the tall towers provide great vantage point to see the surrounding hills. A haze formed from the rising … Continue reading Eyes Full in San Gimignano
October 14 Time to visit Siena-- a famous Tuscan town with Piazza di Campo and Torre di Mangia and twice yearly horse race called Palio recommended by Rick Steves and all major guidebooks. That could only means one thing-- touristy! Parking by the stadium, we stride toward Il Duomo and having seen several tour buses … Continue reading Sensory Overload in Siena