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Fast Facts: Western Europe

Fast Facts: Western Europe

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 39 days around Western Europe. Stayed primarily in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB. In Munich, we stayed with our generous friends who we met traveling several years ago. Our basic itinerary: Transit – bus (DB) from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Munich, Germany Munich (5 nights) Transit – bus (Flixbus) from Munich to Bolzano, Italy; local bus from Bolzano to Ortiesi (Val Gardena, Dolomiti National Park) Ortiesi (4 nights) Transit – local bus from Ortiesi to…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

Holy cow… I can’t believe it’s November already! Since arriving back in the Schengen Area in September, the penny has spent the last six weeks roaming Western Europe’s breathtaking national parks and iconic cities. You’d think the little coin would be getting tired of all this sightseeing, but apparently it’s got quite the stamina. Upon arriving in Germany, the penny was greeted by some new friends – Margot and Martin. The little coin had the best time staying at their…

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An Afternoon in Milan

An Afternoon in Milan

While booking our trip to Switzerland, we were stymied by some bad connecting times for trains and busses, and decided the easiest way was to simply spend a night in Milan. I know, it’s a hard life when your troubles involve whether or not to spend an afternoon wandering around Milan. There isn’t much to say about the city simply because we didn’t see much of it. We arrived ravenous, and headed to a local restaurant called the Tandem Bistrot…

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Rome

Rome

Rome is one of those world cities that I’ve always wanted to visit. Boasting more than 2,000 years of history, the ‘Eternal City’ has been inspiring playwrights, composers, artists, and novelists for centuries. The ancient metropolis is habitually portrayed with such a sense of intrigue and passion that you can’t help but want to immerse yourself completely in the Roman culture. But at its core, I speculated before visiting, Rome is probably just another big city. Although I’ve left many…

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Tuscany

Tuscany

After a joyful reunion in Florence, our clan of eight piled into two vehicles and headed southwest for a week in Tuscany. My brother’s friend had found an amazing four-bedroom home outside of Asciano, and we were so thankful to be able to stay with them and my family. After having our travel dials set to warp speed since January 3rd, it was nice to slow down the pace, relax, and spend some time catching up with everyone. Set on…

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La Famiglia a Firenze

La Famiglia a Firenze

After some beautiful hiking in the Dolomites, we headed south, to the heart of Italy, where a special surprise awaited us in Florence. Like many others, Italy has always topped the list of places my brother wanted to visit and, similarly, was the one country outside of the U.S. that my mom was really keen to see. After completing his MBA this spring, my brother decided to treat himself to his two-week dream Italian holiday, and also to invite my…

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The Dolomites

The Dolomites

In researching our trip to the Dolomites, we chose Ortisei (St. Ulrich) as our base for a few days of hiking. Since we were not going to have a vehicle, we needed to stay somewhere with good accessibility to the trails without (we hoped) having to take too many slow, local busses just to arrive at the trailhead. Located in picturesque Val Gardena, a valley in the middle of the Dolomites that is occupied by three small towns, Ortisei seemed…

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