I’m Back From The BIG Summer Travel Adventure It was…absolutely AMAZING!

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The German Cathedral in Berlin

I am back from the BIG Summer Travel Adventure – It was…absolutely AMAZING!

Miss me? I’ve just returned from twenty-nine adventure-filled days in Europe. Here’s how it went!

  • I traveled to six countries – Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary
  • Eight total flights: Los Angeles to London to Rome, Florence to Barcelona to Palma to Berlin, Prague to Budapest to London to Washington DC to Los Angeles
  • 2 trains
  • 2 Viking ships
  • Many kilometers by Viking Coach
  • Two rental cars
  • Multiple cabs
  • Several subway rides
  • Miles walked? Who knows!  A lot!

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For those of you doing the math… Craig and I traveled together for fourteen days and then I went on a Viking River Cruise with my travel writer partner Tam Minton, of Travels with Tam. What a month!

I am glad to be home but brimming with fantastic stories and endless photos to share. Trying organize it all will be challenging and I have been in a bit of a quandry… Where to begin? Logic tells you that to begin at the beginning would be an excellent place to start!

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Chef Galin on Viking Ship Beyla


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Sunrise from the Viking Ship Beyla on the Elbe River

Start at the beginning ~

This is the plan, but don’t be surprised if I get a bit side tracked here and there. My hope is that by sharing my travel with you it will assist in planning your next trip to Europe, provide lots of brand new information, enthusiasm for taking a Viking River Cruise as well as contemplate a multi-generational trip with your family. Tomorrow, I will begin with The Palio, the centuries old horserace that takes place in Siena, Italy. And truthfully, one of the most remarkable and memorable experiences of my life. It is so unlike anything we have ever witnessed that it is in a category all by itself.

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The Palio!


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Divine Italian Chicken made by our Tuscan host!


Please come back here to the blog often, because I have a truckload of photos and insights to share.

I hope your summer is going well and I look forward to hearing about what you have been doing too!


Check back here tomorrow! Ciao for now!



To learn more about The Palio, check out this post:

Adventures in Italy ~ Our Big Summer Trip to See The Palio in Siena

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