Category Archives: Europe

Enjoy Your Vacation on a Whole Different Level

Everyone travels for different reasons.  It may be for history, sightseeing, or even the food.  They are all valid opportunities to enjoy your destination adequately.  However, I have found over the years, even when doing the stereotypical see the Eiffel Tour in Paris, you do not have to do it in a stereotypical way.  So, here is how you can enjoy your vacation destination on a whole different level.

Budapest, Hungary

Parliament

 Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the most magical of places to visit in Europe.  But I should ensure that you know the correct way of pronunciation is “Boo-Dah-Pesht”.  Like Paris, it is divided into districts and quarters.  Buda contains districts 1-3, 11, 12, and 22 covering west of the Danube.  Pest (Pesht) contains districts 4-9 covering the east of the Danube. Buda includes Buda Castle and Buda Hills.

Going on a Sea Cruise: Santorini, Greece

fira santorini

Fira, Santorini

After a fun-filled sea day enjoying the sun, activities, and food on Rhapsody of the Seas, Our next stop brings us to Santorini, Greece.  Santorini is a Greek island on the Aegean Sea about 120 miles off Greece’s mainland.  The island is part of a greater remnant volcanic caldera.  The island is what was left of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the earth’s history, the Minoan eruption that occurred ~3,600 years ago.

Going on a Sea Cruise: Kotor, Montenegro

Bay of Kotor

Kotor, a fortified town in Montenegro provides an astounding 360° view entering the gulf as well as exiting.  This my friends is one port you want to be top-deck and ready to take it all in. First mentioned in 168 BC during the Roman era, the small town was fortified during the Middle Ages.  The exact time of founding is unknown.

Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval old towns on the Adriatic Sea and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Going on a Sea Cruise: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Title

Welcome to part three in this Going on a Sea Cruise series.  In part three, we visit Dubrovnik, Croatia.  After leaving Venice, Italy, the first port of call for Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas is Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Yes, the same Dubrovnik that Game of Thrones is filmed.  This city is the reason that I chose this cruise.  Other itineraries went to Split instead.  While I am sure that city is awesome and beautiful, I wanted to see Dubrovnik.