Orkney Island Adventure in Scotland, U.K.

The Orkney Islands lie off the north coast of Scotland and have been inhabited for over 8500 years. They are home to thousands of identified Neolithic sites and are frequently visited by the aurora borealis.     Advertisements

Excellent Edinburgh in Scotland, U.K.

When visiting the Scottish capital, stay downtown to take advantage of all the wonderful things to see and do. We stayed at the Ibis Centre South Bridge, which made it easy to explore the Royal Mile and surrounding areas. Wish we could have stayed longer! 

Reims-ing of a white Christmas in northeastern France

The unofficial Champagne capital of France, Reims, is a great hidden gem to visit when road  tripping across Western Europe. This small former Roman city is the site where French kings were crowned for over 1000 years.   

Traversing the Alps via Monte Bianco/Mont Blanc

Crossing from Italy to France through the tallest mountain in the Alps sure is a breeze thanks to modern infrastructure. The drive from Lerici in Italy to Bourg-en-Bresse in France is smooth and scenic.

Salvador Daliance in Pietrasanta of the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy

Local folklore has it that the elite population of Pietrasanta has always spent their summer mornings luxuriating on the golden beaches of Marina di Pietrasanta (on Italy’s west coast near Viareggio) and their afternoons steeped in culture in the town of Pietrasanta (located 3 km inland in the last foothills of the marble-rich Apuan Alps)….

At the edge of the Alps in Rota D’imagna, Lombardy, Italy

Clean mountain air and stunning vistas out over the Imagna Valley are two of the best things about a visit to Hotel Miramonte in Rota D’imagna. The wonderful restaurant and fantastic spa don’t hurt either! We spent 3 glorious nights at this family-run hotel and can highly recommend it.

City on high: Città Alta, Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy

The upper city of Bergamo, Città Alta is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the foothills of the Alps northeast of Milan. It’s surrounded by 16th century Venetian Walls and beautiful views beyond that. Well worth a visit!