Europe

Our travels in Europe including Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the Vatican.

Dog Sledding Near the North Pole

This was hands down the most exhilarating part of our trip to Svalbard. A day of dog sledding, with the reward at the end being entering an ice cave. I was pleasantly surprised to...

24 Hours of Daylight in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Longyearbyen is charming and offers a lot of history. The town is named after John M. Longyear, an American businessman who began mining operations in 1906. While officially part of Norway, Svalbard is a...

Exploring Glaciers Near the North Pole

We booked a day trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to visit a Russian village along with some stunning glaciers. Never did I imagine that I would eat a barbeque while approaching glaciers. The stunning beauty cannot...

Discovering Monaco

I recently spent a week in Monaco, and prior to visiting everyone I had spoken to raved about the country. Since the goal of my visit was to learn about Monaco as I intended to...

Visiting Iceland in Winter

I have a confession to make, I really dislike the cold. Having spent a significant portion of my life in Northern Canada, I now do everything possible to avoid vacationing anywhere cold. Hence, it...

Cascais, Portugal a Charming Seaside City

Portugal is often overlooked and overshadowed by Spain, and this is quite a shame. Portugal has many things to offer. I had the opportunity to tour the country and I spent time in the...

Bruges – A Must Visit in Belgium

Belgium is one of those countries that never crosses your mind when contemplating visiting Europe. It’s forgotten since it doesn’t have the best weather, and there are not that many attractions. It’s also overshadowed...

Spectacular Small Towns and Cities in France

Everyone seems to love Paris, which I find ironic as I find that France has a lot more to offer than this iconic city. I also find that the people in France were much...

Lucerne, Switzerland – Picturesque Perfection

Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland is one of the most picturesque little towns that I have encountered.  This town sits on Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by a panoramic mountain range. The focal point of the...

Barcelona an Electric City

  Barcelona is known for its art and architecture.  It's also a city that never sleeps. The late-night culture here is vastly different than what I experienced growing up in Canada. People eat late, and...

Reasons the Vatican Failed to Impress Me

When in Rome it feels a bit foolish not to visit Vatican City. After all, its officially a country with its own separate government. It’s a trove of ancient artifacts and art. It’s home...

Amalfi Coast – Italy’s Majestic UNESCO Coastline

The Amalfi Coast is Europe’s answer to the California’s Pacific Coast Highway, or to Australia’s Great Ocean Road. It’s a stunning scenic coastal road that is 69 kilometers (43 mi) long. This is also...