A Stroll in Martinique

Now, we’re coming to Martinique. Even the name just rolls off the tongue. Martinique has a population of about 385,551 inhabitants and it’s an overseas region of France, making it one of France’s 18 regions of France. Because of this, the official language is French, which is spoken by virtually the whole population. Fort-de-France, its main “arrondissement”, is the capital and has a population of about 161,021. Before the trip, I had read somewhere that Martinique carried a bit of the French city vibe (which makes sense because of its ties to the country). So evidently, in my head, I was expecting the Parisian style for buildings, I pictured French cafes and the French lifestyle. Pictures of Toulon or Provence flashed through my head and I expected to feel as if I was walking down the streets of a town in France, but in Martinique. That wasn’t really quite 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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Touring the Icelandic Golden Circle

It was so nice to wake up and find ourselves still in Reykjavik, and still in this beautiful foreign city I was lucky enough to call my temporary home (for two days at least). I absolutely love it when a cruise ship docks overnight, especially when the port of choice is one that I’m head over heels for. Today was going to be a long, long day. It wouldn’t be like our first day – no pampering and relaxation at a spa. No, today was all about sightseeing. We were headed to Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle for a full-day excursion with the ship. Today was about exploring, adventuring, admiring, and photographing. The Golden Circle is a very popular tourist route in southern Iceland and it covers about 300 kilometres of distance. It loops from Reykjavik into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. The Golden Circle is the area that…

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Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

If you thought Akureyri was exciting, you’re in for a real treat with all the travels in and around Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the gem of Iceland. It is stunning in all aspects. So absolutely stunning. It is what I pictured it to be – green lush landscapes, waterfalls and streams, mountain roads that stretch on forever, rocks and springs. Our ship docked at the port at around 3 in the afternoon. The boat was going to be docked overnight, too, so we had another full day ahead of us in Reykjavik. So first, we did what we always did: walk around the city centre. We weren’t booked on any excursions for Day 1 so everything was pretty relaxed. We called the shots and we went where we wanted to go. Right when we got off the ship, we boarded a shuttle bus that would drop us off right in front…

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With the Whales in Akureyri

Iceland, we’ve finally arrived. We made it. The moment we arrived in Akureyri, our first scheduled port in Iceland, I was overcome with such joy and excitement. As many of you may remember, Iceland has been a destination that I’ve included on every single wanderlust list that I’ve made since this blog started up. I’ve never experienced such serious wanderlust as I have for Iceland. I never could put my finger on what kept compelling me to go. Maybe it’s the movies, maybe it’s the travel blogs and the repeated stories of the holy Viking land. Maybe it’s those stunning photographs of the Blue Lagoon, the waterfalls, and the mountain rock. I think why I’ve been drawn to Iceland this whole time is because it’s different from everything else. It’s not your typical European city with bustling local streets, street vendors, and your ancient cathedrals and monuments. It’s full of…

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