Tours of Chernobyl: Thirty Plus Years Later

In the northern part of Ukraine lies the small village of Pripyat, not too far from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the Ukrainian border with Belarus. Chernobyl is located roughly 65 miles from the country’s capital, Kiev. Unfortunately, Pripyat was close to the site of this terrible nuclear accident in April of 1986 known as the “Chernobyl disaster”. This horrific nuclear accident took the

2018-12-01T09:47:09+00:00

Nightlife Lviv – Things to do in Ukraine!

Have you ever heard of Lviv Ukraine as a tourist destination? I hadn’t really. It is a popular weekend retreat for many Ukrainians, Russians, and Europeans, but somehow it has not been discovered by the American tourist yet. It seems there are many cities in Eastern Europe that will take your breath away and Lviv Ukraine is now on my bucket list as one of

2018-12-01T10:03:24+00:00

Here’s Why Kiev Should be on Your Bucket List!

An interesting perspective on bucket lists is that if you don’t write your goals, ideas, and dreams down, they never seem to get accomplished. I have always heard to write them down very specifically so that you can accomplish them. When it comes to travel, I will quote American Airlines, who opens up their safety video (that I have heard hundreds of times) with “There

2018-12-01T09:53:02+00:00

Hotel Ukraine Kiev – Where to Stay on Your Next Trip

I am not sure if it is on your bucket list ... Ukraine, but it certainly was on mine (and should be on yours!). I can't tell you how excited I was to go back to visit an old Soviet Union country with JayWay Travel. This time, I am going to tour the newly independent (since 1991) Slavic country of Ukraine! Not only that, I am going to stay

2018-12-01T09:49:43+00:00

What is it really like to be on a Crystal Cruise?

 There is no doubt that if you are looking to be wined and dined on your next vacation, then Crystal Cruises is the company you are looking for. This exclusive cruise company makes you feel as if you are staying in a luxury hotel, only it floats on majestic waterways! At least the Grand Europe Crystal Mahler ship does, it floats along the shores of

2018-11-27T11:35:14+00:00

Balloon Flight Over Trakai Island Castle in Lithuania

There is something special about Lithuania, one of the old Soviet Union countries. If you haven't been here yet, you really should put it on your bucket list. Not too far from the capital city of Vilnius is a lake resort and historic town built on water known as Trakai. It is one of the most impressive cities outside of Vilnius. This town is surrounded

2018-11-27T11:36:07+00:00

Riga Sightseeing – A Baltic Capital Not To Miss!

As I continue my series of articles about the Baltic Capitals, the next one I am writing about is Riga, Latvia. You have probably never even considered Latvia as a destination to visit, as I hadn't either. Despite how many times I've been to Europe, I had never really considered visiting the Baltic regions – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. I had heard of these countries

2018-11-27T11:36:25+00:00

Things to do and What to See in Positano

✦ Things to do and What to see in Positano: "Positano bites Deep!" Positano is a gorgeous slice of Heaven, ok, I mean "beach town" in Italy along the Amalfi Coast. It is famous for its colorful buildings, excellent restaurants, and perfect location for honeymooners, and really anyone who wants to enjoy the Italian sun! With its winding roads that lead down to the sea,

2018-10-23T21:50:24+00:00

Positano Beach, Italy: Bellisimo! This Place is Gorgeous!

Positano Beach: There is so much to say about the beloved Positano Beach, and yet nothing you can say that will give you the true essence to explain what Positano is all about. It speaks for itself, without superfluous words. It is so stunning that it makes you hunger for more. I can say that I absolutely loved the amazing drive we took down the

2018-08-01T02:53:13+00:00

Mykonos Beaches: My Dreams of Bohemian Luxury

So you are going to Mykonos? Mykonos is loaded with great beaches (and churches) and in my humble opinion, they have some of the best beaches in all of the Mediterranean. Mykonos beaches are a paradise whether you’re looking for swimming, sunbathing, beach parties, or any type of water sports. You can visit the Mykonos beaches throughout the day by renting a car/moto (like I did), by

2018-11-27T11:37:34+00:00

From Rome to Positano by Car: Amalfi Coast

I'd say the Amalfi Coast is right on up there with the top 10 places to see before you die! You have got to go and experience it for yourself. Take your spouse on a romantic getaway. Fly into Rome, rent a car, and drive from Rome to Positano by car. See it for yourself, at your own pace and leisure. That's what we did

2018-07-16T05:21:02+00:00

Amsterdam Points of Interest for First Time Visitors

From its world-class art museums to its floating flower markets, the city of Amsterdam is reinventing itself from its hedonistic side to now focusing on its rich artistic heritage. Culturally, it’s one of Europe’s most diverse and eclectic destinations. I put together this list of Amsterdam points of interest for first-time visitors so that you will not miss a single thing.  You can peddle your

2018-08-09T13:18:25+00:00

Things to do in Santorini: A bucket list for your Santorini Holidays!

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in Greece that literally has everything I want in an island – hidden and blue domed churches, stunning sunsets, volcanoes rising out of the Aegean Sea, cave houses you can stay in, and whitewashed stone buildings that dot the landscape. Know that your Santorini holidays will to be one you'll remember for a very long time. I especially loved

2018-10-29T12:25:48+00:00

Krakow Salt Mine Tour: An Easy Day Trip

I believe that Krakow is the #1 most underrated city in Europe so I won't go into the details of the lavender growing along the old city walls or the shapes of the trees that blow in the wind or even the cobblestone central square, but I do want to tell you about this unusual place found deep within its crevices: the Krakow Salt Mine. The Krakow Salt Mine

2018-11-27T11:38:31+00:00

French Wine Regions: A Toast to the Champagne Houses of France

  A Toast to the Champagne Houses of France (Image by Points and Travel) French Wine Regions: Champagne Region of France There are 10 major French wine regions in France, as for hundreds of years, France has lead the way for being the world's greatest producer of wines. The ten main regions are Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Champagne, Côtes du Rhone, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Médoc, and Provence. Today, however,

2018-07-14T09:30:37+00:00

Hotel Cesenatico: Luxury Along the Adriatic Sea

Cesenatico is a port city located on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is in the province of Forlì-Cesena, which is in the region of Emilia-Romagna, south of Ravenna. If you have not had a chance to visit the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, then have I got a treat for you! It's called Cesenatico and I had a chance to stay at the gorgeous Hotel

2018-11-27T11:38:48+00:00

Hidden Gems in Rome Revealed!

With a history that spans for centuries, Rome is a city that takes a lifetime to discover. No matter how many times I go to Rome, I always find something new. It seems to contain an infinite number of secrets and sights to behold. While many are well-known and are on the top of travelers’ bucket lists, this capital city has its share of secret places

2018-10-08T12:37:35+00:00

Italy: Things to do in Venice in 2 Days

Everyone knows Venice, but how many people really know those 100 islands in Northern Italy's Veneto region built upon the islands of the Adriatic Sea? Venice, also known as Venezia to the Italians, is a 1700-year-old city that at one time was considered the epicenter of European finances and art. Today it is a romantic tourist destination for all to enjoy. A place where you can

2018-08-22T16:38:07+00:00

Cesena, Italy Has a Secret You Should Know About!

Cesena is a gorgeous local community located in the central region of Italy called Emilia Romagna. This city is just 9 miles from the Adriatic Sea and was once an important town during Roman times which was famous for its wines in the region. My impression is that not that many people have heard of this region of Italy even though it has much to offer

2018-11-27T11:51:23+00:00

A Spanish Tapas Pub Crawl in Palamos Spain

Having Spanish tapas is so much fun for foodies in Spain to do. There may be a bit of misunderstanding about what exactly tapas means, but regardless of that, you have to try them! The Spanish tapas I tried were bite-sized morsels of food that ranged from tiny serrano ham sandwiches to prawn cones to quail eggs, as well as amazing desserts. So many of the

2018-11-27T11:52:17+00:00

A Complete Guide to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Museum Norway: Introduction At over 1000 years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses Viking boats and artifacts from the peak of Viking marine engineering. The Viking Age, from 800-1100 AD, was the age of the sleek, speedy longships. Without this crucial advance in ship technology, the Vikings would never have become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. These lightening speed longships

2018-11-27T11:52:27+00:00

Gorgeous Genova: An Undiscovered City in Italy

I am in love with the Liguria region of Italy, squeezed in between Monaco and Tuscany, it is the thinnest and the smallest of all the regions of Italy. It may not be the most popular area or an area you think of when it comes to a visit to Italy, but take it from me, you need to come here for a visit. The

2018-11-27T11:53:07+00:00

Italy Vacations – Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation

Italy Vacations - Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes "too touristy". In Rome, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are so busy that they are almost avoidable areas to go to anymore because of the massive crowds.

2018-11-27T11:53:17+00:00

A Sauna Finlandese Experience in Helsinki

Sometimes in life, as in travels, we really don't know what to expect when encountering other cultures, countries, and continents. Some things come as a pleasant surprise, and other things, not so much. You can imagine my bible-belt cultural shock when I found out about how Finn's love their saunas. In fact, the sauna is a huge part of the Finnish culture. On average, a

2018-11-27T11:53:23+00:00

Norway Tourist Attractions: A Magical 48 Hours in Oslo

When you only have two days (in this case: 48 Hours in Oslo, Norway) in any major city, you need to be prepared and ready to zip off and enjoy the day, which is what happened to me recently on a side trip to Oslo, Norway. There are plenty of Norway tourist attractions to visit in Oslo, so you will need to be prepared in advance

2018-08-24T16:00:48+00:00

What are Viking River Cruises REALLY like?

What are Viking River Cruises like? Let's peek thru the window with fascination and find out what it is like experiencing every detail of Viking Cruises. I had heard they were the "jewel of the sea" with their ever-changing views of the majestic scenery. I had heard about the "unpack once" scenario, but what are the nitty-gritty details I need to know before I take

2018-09-16T23:34:54+00:00

Carnival of Venice: It’s Magical!

Photo by Donnie Sexton Hands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to attend any of the masquerade balls, but I had the time of my life wandering this historical city and being utterly bedazzled by the continual parade of costumed people there to celebrate Carnival of Venice.

2018-11-27T11:54:28+00:00

Basel Christmas Market in Switzerland: The One NOT To Miss!

Arrival in the small city of Basel, Switzerland was fast and cheap from the train station in Zurich. Basel is located where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet. It is the third largest city in Switzerland. It also has suburbs in France and in Germany. I had heard that the Basel Christmas Markets were Christmas markets NOT to miss, as the market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz

2018-11-27T11:55:24+00:00

Rock of Gibraltar and Seville, Spain – No Monkeying Around!

Rock of Gibraltar is a limestone peninsula and mountainous rock that jets out of the end of the British territory at the southwestern tip of Europe. It is almost 1500 feet high and borders Spain and the United Kingdom. It was captured from the Spanish in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. Gibraltar and its famous Rock were ceded to the British "in perpetuity"

2018-11-27T11:56:13+00:00

16 Amazing Things To Do During a Norway Winter

Norway is absolutely beautiful and every traveler should include this country on their bucket list. With its scenic mountain views, interesting history, vibrant architecture, and wonderful people, the sheer beauty of this Nordic country is just too compelling to be ignored. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s my list of 16 amazing things to do in Norway during a Norway Winter. 16

2018-11-27T11:56:57+00:00

Monaco Spa: Thermes de Spa Is An Experience Not To Miss!

Monaco Spa: Thermes de Spa Whatever your quest is in your health, things like anti-aging, detoxification, slimming down, or deep relaxation, then this Monaco spa known as the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is the exact place for you. It lies somewhere between technological worlds and a few islands of tranquility but either way, it is perfection. Read on for one amazing experience! Thermes de Spa

2018-11-27T11:57:14+00:00
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