Princess Cays Paradise

This first port, which came the next day following embarkation, was one of the ones that I was most excited for. We didn’t have an excursion booked, we didn’t have any concrete plans, we didn’t know exactly what we were going to do. And that was exactly why I was so looking forward to it. I was pulled in by the thought of lounging at the beach all day and doing absolutely whatever I wanted, whether it was everything or nothing. It was the perfect first port, the perfect first taste of vacation, serenity, and relaxation. I get why Princess has it scheduled as the first stop; there really is no better way to tell yourself you’re officially on vacation now than the crystal clear waters and soft, white sand of the Princess Cays. Princess Cays is Princess’s very own privately owned beach on the southern portion of the island…

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Christmas Cruising in the Caribbean

The new year celebrations are winding down and everybody is facing the reality of the new year, the back to work blues, and their newly made resolutions they will force themselves to stick to for the first month or so. While everybody is drudgingly heading back to work, we’re heading off the plane and back home. How did we spend our Christmas and New Year’s this time? On a boat, just like we always have. We escaped our frigid Canadian weather, yet again, to travel to sunny Florida and hop on a boat so we could distance ourselves from the snow as much as we could. 25 below zero weather wasn’t going to cut it for us – we wanted the sun, sand, and surf. We booked yet another cruise with Princess, this time on the Caribbean Princess, which is a ship we had traveled with before to the British…

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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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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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Escape to Norway 2016: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands

And I’m officially back to continue and finish off the “Escape to Norway 2016” blog series. Yes, it’s been a while, but even during the frenzy of deadlines, work, never ending project tasks, and the start of the new year, I didn’t forget about where I had left off in picture-perfect Norway. The fjords were always on my mind. So now on to our next stop: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands. Get ready for another day of wind and rain! (Or just another day in Norway, you could say.) I have to admit: Gravdal and the Lofoten Islands was not my favourite stop. Many of the views were great, but the rain kept coming down hard that day. Looking back, many of my memories of that port are just sheets of rain and soaking clothes. Many memories of great attractions were tarnished by the ongoing pouring of rain. Our first…

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