Tag Archives: Travel

Visiting Vienna

Karlsplatz Station -- Art Decor Exterior

Last week I shared some details on our trip to Budapest. Well, we also visited Vienna, Austria! Here are some tidbits from that portion of the trip.

Karlsplatz Station -- Art Decor Exterior

Why Austria and Hungary?
People keep asking us why we chose to visit Vienna and Budapest. The honest answer is just that I saw awesome photos of Vienna and was completely drawn in. We love to travel and have a long list of future destinations, but I guess beautiful pictures clinch the deal. Since we were already going to be in Europe for Austria, we added on an extra stop of Budapest. Why not?

So many museums
If you like visiting museums, Vienna is the place for you. You could spend weeks going to see art, natural history, Austrian history, Jewish culture, military history, and so much more.

Visiting Budapest

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Oh hello there! Sorry for the lack of posts recently; I’ve been off adventuring.

I recently returned from a vacation with George to Budapest and Vienna. We spent about 5 days in each place, and today I’ll share some stories and my favorite spots from Budapest.

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Overall impressions
Budapest is a really neat city. It definitely has the old, European look, with stone front facades and historic buildings everywhere. Almost everyone we met was very kind and polite. Most Hungarian people we encountered in the city spoke at least basic English, which is great, considering how difficult Hungarian is to learn.

Cruising: Life on board

What it's like on a cruise -- description from a 10-day Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise

What it's like on a cruise -- description from a 10-day Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise

I recently returned from an Eastern Caribbean cruise with my family. Last week I shared details about all of our port days, but today I wanted to talk a little bit about what it was like on board. We were on the Celebrity Equinox, and had an amazing time. Obviously every cruise line and ship is different, but here’s what I found.

Lots to do; limited time
I found that usually there was a lot going on during sea days. Every night we received a printed schedule of the next day’s activities. Because I’m type A, I had brought a highlighter to mark up the sheet of potential events. One of my favorite events was an evening performance by a magician. I absolutely love magic, so I arrived early with George and got front row seats. He called up volunteers from the audience and both George and I were picked for different parts of the act! It was awesome.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Port Days

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Hi gang! I just got back from an awesome 10-night cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was a super generous gift from my parents, and my whole family was there. I wanted to share some of my photos, along with notes about what we did on each port day. Later next week I’ll spill on what it was like on board the boat, the Celebrity Equinox. I haven’t been on a cruise in many years, and I believe it was my first time at all of these stops!

St Thomas
Our first stop was St. Thomas, and I ventured off with my parents and older brother to see Coral World. It’s an aquarium with other non-aquatic animals, like lorikeets that you can feed. My little niece loved all of the animals, and it we all had a particularly good time with the birds and in an underwater viewing room where you can see all the tropical fish in the wild. Later we went next door to Coki Beach, which was a bit busy, but a very nice place to swim and snorkel for a little while.

DIY Travel Ornament in Embroidery Hoop

DIY Travel country ornament

DIY Travel country ornament

I love to travel, but it can get expensive and excessive to buy souvenirs. Instead, we prefer to collect photos and memories of our vacations. During one of our first mini trips together, we bought a Christmas ornament, and we’ve made it a tradition to buy ornaments that will help us remember each destination. In 2014 we visited both Italy and Mexico (!), but we didn’t buy any ornaments while away. Instead, I’ve opted to make my own embroidery hoop ornament to remember our honeymoon trip to Italy.

Materials for sewing an embroidety hoop ornament