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Montenegro

Montenegro

From Dubrovnik it was another long and winding bus ride to Montenegro. Our first stop was Kotor, a beautiful walled, medieval city located on sparkling Kotor Bay. Kotor is similar to Dubrovnik in many ways. The beautiful stone architecture hearkens back to the same era. There are narrow streets and alleys that make it impossible not to get lost. The old city walls limit the pathways in and out of the city to only a handful. Kotor is also the…

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Sarajevo

Sarajevo

After Ljubljana we said goodbye to our friends Sam and Spencer.  We were on our own again and free to go anywhere we wanted.  Sarajevo wasn’t really on my radar but Dan had recently finished a book about the lead up to World War I.  He was eager to see the site of Franz Ferdinand’s assassination. When we started researching how to get to Bosnia we got our first hint that tensions in the Balkans haven’t totally cooled.  Despite having…

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Exploring Poland: Wroclaw, Krakow & Zakopane

Exploring Poland: Wroclaw, Krakow & Zakopane

When we were putting this trip together the plan was always to spend most of our Europe time in Eastern Europe.  We had heard it was much cheaper than Western Europe and we were excited to get off the typical European-vacation route and see some less touristy places.  However, as you can probably tell from the posts up to this point, it took us quite a while to actually make our way east.  Poland was our first taste of the…

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Ireland: Greystones, Kilkenny and Finding My Roots

Ireland: Greystones, Kilkenny and Finding My Roots

When we started planning this trip I knew I wanted Ireland on the itinerary. My grandfather was Irish and even though I am part of the third generation born in the United States, my family has kept in touch with our relatives back in Ireland.  I got to meet some of them when I visited Ireland for the first time five years ago.  I couldn’t wait to get back and explore more of this beautiful country, this time with Dan…

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Scotland Part 1: Edinburgh & Glasgow

Scotland Part 1: Edinburgh & Glasgow

Scotland made it on to our Europe itinerary mostly because my cousin was graduating from St. Andrew’s in June.  We were pretty open as far as which countries to visit so we figured we would take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with family. Dan and I arrived a week before the graduation so we’d have some time to explore Scotland on our own.  We decided to start with the two major cities: Edinburgh and Glasgow. Edinburgh We…

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Exploring the Algarve: Lagos, Tavira & Faro

Exploring the Algarve: Lagos, Tavira & Faro

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is renowned for its charming towns, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood.  It is a favorite vacation destination of the Portuguese and the rest of Europe so we were eager to see what all the fuss was about.  Even though the weather was still cool and damp when we arrived, the Algarve did not disappoint.  We had time to spend a few days each in three Algarve towns: Lagos, Tavira and Faro. Lagos Our first stop…

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