Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Long Weekend in Barcelona
10 Must-Pack Items for Every Cruise
Shared from Fodor's Travel.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I posed a question to my Facebook friends asking them if a friend was planning a trip to Paris and she had five full days in autumn to spend there, what would they tell her to be sure to see and do. I find that when exploring a new destination that one of the best resources is to ask people who have been there to share their highlights and experiences which often lead to sites and events that one might otherwise miss if relying solely on guide books.
In the first morning, over a dozen people responded with some great ideas – some I have heard of but don’t know much about, and some that I’m going to have to Google. Here’s what they have offered so far*:
Notre Dame – and don’t miss the gargoyles
Versailles – and don’t skip the gardens
Arc de Triomph
Boat trip down the Seine
A day in the countryside
Cite des Sciences et l’Industrie
Savor the food – paninis and crepes from the street carts
Ice Cream shop near Notre Dame that sculpts the ice cream into the shape of a rose
* I exempted the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Disneyland Paris from the question because these are things we know we would want to do. DH visited Paris as a teenager but his opportunity to go to the top of the Eiffel was cancelled due to lightning. And just like you can’t go to London without a visit to the British Museum, the Louvre is a must-do for us. And if you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you’ll understand that Disneyland Paris is non-negotiable!
Have other places someone should be sure to visit while in Paris? Or things to do that one might not think about at first glance? Share them in the comments and you may see them featured in a future blog post!
Monday, September 30, 2013
I was thinking today about what direction I’d like to take this blog now that we’ve pretty much exhausted the “what we did, what we saw” portion of our summer 2013 adventure. I’ve been putting together our photo book at Shutterfly, and while there, I paused to look through our photos from 2010 when we spent several days pre-cruise in London before sailing from Dover. I’ve posted before about how important it is to have some pre-cruise days when traveling a far distance to allow for adjusting to the new time zone as well as giving your luggage time to catch up with you if there were delays. But I haven’t written about spending some days either pre- or post-cruise somewhere besides the departure port. Because we were already spending a month on vacation, staying in Barcelona pre- and post-sailing made the most sense for us, but for some of our fellow passengers, they extended their 12-night cruise and spent several days in places such as London, Paris, and Venice.
Because we have been to London and Venice, and even though we would like to go back, if you all are in agreement, I’d like to turn our attention to planning some days in Paris. We don’t have a date in mind, but we do know we want to make it over there at some point in the not-too-distant future. We have some local area friends that we’ve talked about taking a river cruise with in Europe and think that when we do that, would be a great time to spend several days in Paris either before or after. And because I like to have time to research places, now seems as good a time as any to start!
Jusqu'à la prochaine fois…