Summer Sailing 2018

And with another summer often comes another summer getaway. Another series of memorable destinations, another series of blog posts and another couple thousand photos to remember all that was seen and felt. This summer is definitely no different. This year, we’re setting sail on Holland America’s ms Oosterdam for the very first time. It takes a lot for us to stray away from booking with Princess Cruises, but this cruise line offered the perfect itinerary for us. We could only escape during the month of August, and we wanted to go back to the Mediterranean region. The last time we were there was four years ago, and after spending the past two summers traveling to colder regions, we were craving the heat. We wanted to be eating our weight in pasta and pizza in Italy, and we wanted to surround ourselves with the white houses in Greece again, with the…

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Frolicking in the Faroes

And now, we’re saving one of the best ports for the last. I’ve taken you through the cobblestone streets of Copenhagen, up the Geirangerfjord in Norway, up and around the grassy hills in the Shetland Islands, into the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle in Iceland, and finally, we’ve come here. Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. The last post in a travel series is always bittersweet but I promise these pictures and memories will bring smiles to your faces. It’s a tough feat to hate the Faroes (even with their funky weather). Torshavn was so pleasantly surprising. The views were so beautiful and it’s exactly the kind of view I wanted to see this entire trip. It served as the perfect last port of call to this European Getaway because the Faroe Islands really are the perfect getaway from a busy life. Life in the Faroes seems so peaceful and…

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Summer Days in Lerwick

And now onto Lerwick, the capital city of the Shetland Islands. These islands legally belong to Scotland, but they actually bear more resemblance to Norway and the Norwegian culture. The islands are only about 566 square miles large, and the population reached a total of 23,210 back in 2012. Lerwick and the Shetland Islands, in general, are notorious for bad weather. All they get is rain, wind and any of the other terrible natural elements. According to the locals, they only get about 3 or 4 sunny, temperate days a year. We got one of them. Yes, I still can’t believe it either, considering our luck with the Northern European weather so far (I still have a couple nightmares of weather from our Norway trip last year). What’s even more surprising is that we had the best weather in Lerwick out of all the ports. The weather was absolute perfection that…

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Norway, I’ve missed you.

Back in Norway again after a year! The fjords, the serenity, and the views … they just couldn’t keep me away after the Norwegian trip last summer! This time, our cruise ship was docking in Geiranger, a port that wasn’t included in the itinerary last year. Geirangerfjorded is deemed the third best Norwegian fjord, so I couldn’t wait to marvel (and maybe cry) at its beauty. The mountains that surround the water running through, the fresh air, the sound of silence – it’s all so captivating. The fun had started at around 5 am that morning (The waking up part was not so fun). Our cruise ship was passing through Geirangerfjorden and the captain informed us that the best views were going to be waiting for us at around 6 to 7 am, with a look at the famous Seven Sisters waterfall at around 8:30 am, right before we dock.…

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Hello, Copenhagen!

Oh, Copenhagen, aren’t you lovely? This was my second time in the renowned European city, and it felt so good to be back. The last time I was here was 7 years ago and at that time, I hadn’t learned to appreciate a city’s culture, history, and background when traveling. So this time would be different, and I was excited to explore the city more in-depth and to see the things I had missed out on last time. We arrived in Copenhagen at around 9 am local time after a seven-hour overnight flight, and our first stop was our hotel to drop off all our luggage and get cleaned up. We were staying at the gorgeous Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel. Green Key awarded them the EcoTourism Award in 2010 as the “world’s most environmentally friendly hotel.” The interior of the hotel was stunning, and the view from our room…

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