The Berliner Dom
Berlin has it all. Lights, culture, history, arts, politics, parks, and industry. It is the capital of Germany, and one of my favorite places to visit. As with other big cities, I do believe that a travel guide (at the very least) is the way to go. However, during my visits . . . → Read More: Berlin – an all-in-one kind of city.
View in St. Peter’s square. Entering Vatican City
Visiting the Vatican completed, nay, it made my trip to Rome. My advice for visitors? Pay whatever the admission cost is, for any of the attractions, and live to tell the story of the most beautiful art you have ever seen. Make sure to spend at . . . → Read More: The Vatican – a holy experience!
Drinking obnoxiously large beers at the off-the-beaten path destination: Burg Gnandstein.
In the summer of 2006 I organized a trip for myself and three friends to take a big tour of Germany. At about two weeks in length, the budget for the trip was approximately $2000 per person (including a $620 flight). For this . . . → Read More: Germany – the two week tour of cities, castles, mountains, beer, and food!
During my backpacking trip in 2005, Rome was probably one of my most anticipated stops. Unfortunately, despite the glamor of ancient sites, glittering beaches, and much-talked about tourist destinations, I found it hot, crowded, dusty, and not as inspiring as other cities I have encountered in my travels. In fact, the Italy I most loved . . . → Read More: Top things to do in Rome.
One of the most interesting parts of my trip to Venice, Italy was my day-trip to the two islands of Murano and Burano. Accessible using the Venice water taxi’s (very easy to get navigate!), these are only a short boat ride away from the tourist mecca (AKA, the main island).
Although still fairly touristy (how . . . → Read More: What to do in Murano and Burano, Italy!
For a brief introduction into my first night in Venice, please read this!
Aside from that (now humorous) adventure, I absolutely loved, loved, loved Venice! Others have complained about how dirty it is (I didn’t notice – I was too awestruck to even look at the floor) or unfriendly, although this was definitely not the . . . → Read More: Venice, Italy Itinerary – The City of I-get-lost-here-alot!
People-watching in Vienna!
I visited Vienna in 2005 as part of my whirlwind tour of Europe. With only two nights and one real day to take it all in, I wish I could have stayed longer! For those of you on a budget (like I was, at the time), Vienna is a great place . . . → Read More: Vienna, Austria Itinerary – great cafes and amazing buildings
In a previous post, I detailed how to get to the Rhein and also gave information on my favorite village to visit, Oppenheim.
If you’re more interested in hiking up the hills and viewing the scenery from the top, nothing can beat hiking up to the Niederwald Statue. This is a mammoth statue overlooking the . . . → Read More: Rhein, Part Two – Lunch at a castle and a hike to remember!
I don’t know how many times I’ve traveled the short stretch of world-heritage Rhein (stretching from Cologne down to Frankfurt) and not had to catch my breath. This post details how to get to the area, but check out my other post on more sights of the Rhein!
The amazing trip can be made by . . . → Read More: The Rhein/Rhine river – a world heritage site, and rightfully so!
London, where else?
This trip was designed for a $3,500 budget (note: this was in 2005, and our average expenditure per day was between $50-100) and was just about 3 1/2 weeks in length. Encompassing eight countries, this is my version of a see-it-all trip.
Days 1-3 Flew into Duesseldorf, Germany (read all about . . . → Read More: My Europe Itinerary – Trip, 2005