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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Summer 2017 European Getaway

Hey, everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog but fear not! I am alive and well, thank you very much. I hope you are all having a splendid summer vacation so far, and if you’re still stuck in the office, hang in there! Your summer is right around the corner, and I hope you get to bask in summer’s short, but sweet glory very, very soon. This blog post is the official start of the newest series on lifewithjulia – the Summer 2017 European Getaway. Yes, we’re back in Europe again this summer. Not too hard to guess after all this time. I think this makes it the 5th summer in a row we’ve chosen to spend our precious summer stay in this beloved continent. There’s just so much about Europe – its history, the culture, the food (definitely the biggest reason), the sights, the natural…

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Escape to Norway 2016 – Honningsvag (North Cape), Norway

Apparently, we just didn’t get enough of the cold so we decided to travel all the way up to Honningsvag, which is where North Cape, Europe’s most northern point, is located. (Please note this is completely sarcastic.) Once again, we chose to do another shore excursion with the cruise line. Because of the long drive, North Cape isn’t an extremely accessible place to visit if you don’t have pre-arranged transportation. However, I do know many of the other passengers who pre-booked a tour with a private company, and their plan was to meet with that tour at the pier. The good thing about that situation is that you do save lots of money. By “lots” of money, I mean that many of the passengers only paid about half of what we paid. The bad thing about pre-booking a tour with a private company is that if for some reason, the…

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Escape to Norway 2016- Trondheim, Norway

On to Trondheim, now! I have to be honest. The weather was not great, as you can see in the picture above. It was a pretty gloomy day, and the rain just kept coming down. But, then again, being in Norway, what else is new? A couple fun facts: Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. It has a population of 187,353, as of January 2016. Originally discovered in 997 as a trading post, it actually acted as Norway’s capital from 1030 to 1217. The city has played a key role in Norway’s history and the Nidaros Cathedral, one of its most popular landmarks, has been a popular pilgrimage site for nearly 1000 years. Trondheim is the first port of call where we didn’t plan our day around a shore excursion. Trondheim is a place that is fairly easy to get around. All you need is a good pair of legs and…

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