Category Archives: Europe

My First Carnival Victory Cruise 2019:Key West (Part 2)

Here is the second part of a 3 part series of my first Video Blog.  This is also my first time on a Carnival cruise ship, the Victory. Carnival is quite different from the many other cruises I’ve done on Royal Caribbean. In this video, we go to Key West and have key lime pie from what I think is the best place in the world to get it from.

Florence, Italy: Rustic Beauty and Unmatched Cuisine

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Florence; the mear mention of the city brings visions of Renaissance art and statues.  David, Michaelangelo’s masterpiece is center stage.  You may even envision walking across Ponte Vecchio and browsing the vast array of gold adornments in the high-end jewelry shops.   One should not miss however the rustic beauty around every corner.  Additionally, Florence has unmatched cuisine of any place I have visited.  So much so, I even took an Italian food cooking class where I learned to make a four-course authentic Italian meal.

More Great Travel Products

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Here’s a quick post about a couple of nice and relatively cheap products that could make your next trip easier.

Rome Italy: A Walk through Trastevere

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Rome is one of the quintessential cities everyone should visit at least once.  It’s full of history, mystery, and the most delicious food and wine in the world.  At every turn, there is a ruin of historic nature to explore. However, while seeing the major points of interest, one shouldn’t overlook other interesting aspects of a city, the neighborhoods, and people.  For me, one of Rome’s best neighborhoods is Trastevere just across the Tiber River. Its name means “across the river” and refers to its location on the west bank of the Tiber or Tevere in Italian.

Budapest, Hungary


 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.