Europe Itinerary – 14 Days and 8 Countries

It was a very ambitious itinerary and I’m happy to say we did it all! The cruise encompassed days 4-11. Detailed posts and pictures soon to follow!

 

14 Days in Europe 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Klagenfurt, Austria

Flight into Venice via Amsterdam, rental car to Klagenfurt, Austria

 

Day 2: Day Trip to Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Poertschach au Worthersee, Austria

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Dinner Klagenfurt

 

Day 3: Drive to Venice

Explore Klagenfurt

Gorizia, Italy

Arrive Venice

Grand Canal Tour

St. Mark’s Square

 

Day 4: Venice and Cruise Embarkation

Frari Church

Embark on Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas

 

Day 5: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walk the City Walls

Private Tour of Old Town

 

Day 6: Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor

Hike to St. John’s Fortress

Tour of Old Town Kotor

 

Day 7: Day at Sea

Relax!

 

Day 8: Mykonos, Greece

Platis Giolos Beach

Mykonos Town

 

Day 9: Katakolon, Greece

Ancient Olympia

Kremasti Monastery

 

Day 10: Day at Sea

Relax!

 

Day 11: Cruise Debarkation in Venice, Drive to Tuscanny, Cinque-Terre & Genoa

Lucca, Tuscanny, Italy

St. Martin’s Cathedral, Bell Tower and museum

Bike the city walls

Riomaggiore, Cinque-Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque-Terre, Italy

Genoa, Italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Day 12: Day Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy

Explore Genoa Old Port area near hotel

Park in Levanto for all-day train pass to Cinque Terre

lunch in Corniglia

Hike to Vernazza from Corniglia

Train ride to Monterrosso al Mer

Dinner in Portofino, Italy

 

Eze, France

Day 13 – Day Trip to French Rivera

Eze, France – Old City, lunch and Exotic Gardens

Drive through Monaco

St. Jean Cap-Ferrat – promenade walk

Nice, France – promenade des Anglais, Old town

Genoa, Italy – late (10 pm) dinner

 

Day 14 – Lake Como, Italy

Verenna, Lake Como, Italy – lunch

Ferry to Belagio, Lake Como, Italy

Mestre (mainland Venice) – dinner and hotel

 

 

Day 15 – Flight Home

 

 

 

 

 


Trip Report – West Virginia (and parts of Virginia)

West Virginia is one of the prettiest states. It’s very similar to Arkansas in the fact that the beauty is being outside. There’s no one place to visit in West Virginia as the population is very spread out. The largest city is Charleston with a population of only 51,000 people. We made Beckley, population 15,000, our home base for this Columbus Day weekend trip. To really see the state, prepare to drive around — a lot! But the real beauty is found on the scenic winding roads through coal towns. If you’ve never been, put West Virginia on your bucket list! Please click on the individual links for more pictures and details of the sites we visited.

 

Itinerary for a Weekend in West Virgina 

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Outside Beckley Miner's Museum, WV

 

Day 1:

Scenic Drive – Abingdon, VA

Exhibition Coal Mine Museum – Beckley

Scenic Drive to Charleston, WV

 

 

Day 2:

The Greenbrier Resort – White Sulphur Springs, WV

The Omni Homestead Resort – Hot Springs, VA

Covington, VA area

Spruce Knob & Seneca Rocks

Blackwater Falls – Davis, WV

 

 

 

Day 3:

New River Gorge Bridge – Fayetteville, WV

Mt. Airy, NC (home of Andy Griffith)


Quebec City, Montreal and Adirondacks Itinerary

Quebec Trip Itinerary – links in process!

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel

Day 1
Arrive Montreal
Drive to Trois-Rivieres, QC via Autoroute 40.
Lunch at Boulangerie Guay, Pont-du-Lac, QC
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine – Trois-Riveres. QC
Chemin du Roy – King’s Highway to Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac and evening walk – Quebec City

Lower Town - Quebec City

Quebec City’s Lower Town and The St. Lawrence River

Day 2
Walking Tour of Old Quebec – the Upper City and the Lower City (includes Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral of Quebec, Quartier Petit Champlain,  Our Lady of Victory Church)
Musee de la Civilisation – Quebec City
Dinner at Bello – Quebec City
Walk to Plains of Abraham for Quebecois Concert – Quebec City

Montmorency Falls

Day 3
La Citadelle du Quebec – Quebec City
Montmorency Falls

Ile d’Orleans

Lunch at Panache Mobile at vineyard, Vignoble de Saint-Petronille
Ice cream at Chocolaterie de Ile d’Orleans, Saint Francoise, Ile d’Orleans
Dinner at Bistro Sous Le Fort – Quebec City

 

Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Day 4
Arrive Montreal driving through Parc Jean Drapeau
Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal
Lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette, Old Montreal
Ponte a Calliere museum, Old Montreal
Dinner at Universel Dejeuner Grillades
Walk up to Mont Royal at dusk – Montreal

Lake Placid, NY

Day 5
Drive to Adirondack Mountains
Veterans Memorial Highway to top of White Face Mountain, Wilmington, NY.
Lunch at The Cottage, Lake Placid
Walk around Main Street Lake Placid and Mirror Lake (2.7 mile loop)
Ferry ride to Charlotte, VT
Waterfront Park, Burlington
Dinner at The Skinny Pancake, Burlington
Arrive Montreal

Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Day 6
Musee des Beaux Arts – Montreal
Chateau Ramezay – Montreal
Lunch at Jardin Nelson, Old Montreal
Leave Montreal


Trip Report – Utah and Colorado

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Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

I wanted to go somewhere that didn’t look just like home. For several years I had been researching the Grand Canyon, but flights were expensive. After talking to a friend who did a 2-week tour of the national parks, we came up with this 5-day itinerary. The focus was on the three Utah parks – Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef and we made Moab our base. The nearest airports are Salt Lake City and Denver. Since Denver was significantly less expensive and we’d get to explore some of Colorardo, we chose that route. It sounds like a lot, but it worked and was the perfect amount of time. One more day and everyone would be getting cranky. Be sure to click on the hyper-links for detailed posts on each place.

Ski Lift at Vail

Ski Lift at Vail

 

 

Day 1

Fly to Denver

Vail Ski Resort – lunch

Colorado National Monument

Dinner and Overnight in Moab, Utah

 

 

 

Windows Arch at Arches NP

Windows Arch at Arches NP

 

 

Day 2

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Return to Arches NP for Delicate Arch trail at Sunset

Overnight in Moab

Canyonlands NP

Canyonlands NP

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Capital Reef NP

Dinner and Overnight in Moab

 

 

Scenic Colorado

Scenic Colorado

 

 

Day 4

Scenic drive to Telluride

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Overnight in Salida, Co

 

 

 

University of Colorado

University of Colorado

 

 

Day 5

Boulder, Co

Rocky Mountain National Park

Overnight in Denver for early flight the next morning