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Punting in Cambridge or Gawking at Intellectual Greatness

Punting in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge has been on my list for a few years, so in our rental car we headed north out of London. We drove into Cambridge under blue skies with the biggest, whitest billowing clouds. It was a stunning day, and thankfully not as hot.  I don’t know how we do it, but if we go to England in summer, we always seem to hit the hottest, most miserably humid days. We had been sweating profusely the whole time we’d been there, and this particular day, the weather gods gave us the most beautiful day, so I didn’t want to just walk around Cambridge. I wanted to punt.

The Not So Hidden Secret of the Aircraft Boneyard

The Not So Hidden Secret of the Aircraft BoneYard

Visting the Airplane Boneyard at the Puma Air and Space Museum I love airplanes! For a brief period, until my money ran out, I took flying lessons when I was 15 years old. I loved being in control, soaring through the air (C’mon I know you are surprised!) I loved the feeling that I could go anywhere. In fact, I clocked up a few hours on a small Piper Cub prop plane, but never soloed, maybe someday. To be honest, I was afraid of the landing part. Such a chicken! However, I do have a love for all kinds of aircraft, and I love an air show, a transportation museum, all of it. So, on our Tucson itinerary, I was …

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Gondola Training – It’s All Wine and Boats

Is taking a gondola ride on your Venice bucket list? It was on mine, but here's what I did about it. Click here to find out all about traditional Venetian boats!

The Ultimate Gondola Experience in Venice Italy To Gondola or Not to Gondola, That is the question! What’s the iconic thing to do in Venice? Take a gondola ride. In our heads we have visions of the striped shirt gondolier serenading us with the likes of “Amore” or another Italian love song as we glide romantically through the pristine canals of the city. Tell me this isn’t on your bucket list! It was definitely on mine, but I had been a few years ago with my girls and some friends. We attended Carnivale, and oh was it crowded and fun. At that point, we did hire a gondola, and after I got over the sticker shock of way too many Euros, …

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Three Natural Excursion Day Trips Around Lake Bled

Three Natural Excursions Only A Day Trip From Lake Bled

Lake Bled is becoming one of the most well-known destinations in Europe. A stunning church on an island in the middle of turquoise blue waters, a medieval castle overlooking the lake that serves a fantastic tasting menu, there are many reasons that Lake Bled should be on your Slovenia itinerary. However, the lake, the church, the castle, all of that can be done in a day or so. What do you do with the rest of your time? We went down for a long weekend and found plenty of things to keep us busy, the Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj, and the Vogel Cable Car.

Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Car geeks and speed freaks aside, German autobahns are world famous. The first stretch was laid down between Cologne (Köln) and Bonn in the late 1920s, and by 1938 nearly 3000 miles of smooth flowing ribbons of concrete were criss-crossing the country. Today motorists enjoy more than 8,000 miles of, sometimes, unlimited speedway. Of course there are many rules and regulations that govern traffic on these highways; they are not the freewheeling dragster strips that many people imagine.

Top Things to Do In Armenia

There are some places that we have been that really stick with us, and Armenia is one of those countries. Small and tucked into the base of the Caucasus mountains, not too many people put it on their bucket list and even fewer will go. What a shame! Just like a Starburst Strawberry candy, it makes a huge impact. It was hard to pare it down, but we’ve come up with the top things to do in Armenia. Of course there are many more, but it you decide to buy that ticket, and you do the things on this list, you can be sure that you’ve gotten a great taste of Armenia, from all the Yerevan attractions, what to eat …

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Meeting The Sunrise From The Hexagonal Stones Of The Giant’s Causeway

Finn McCool’s Bungle – The Giant’s Causeway According to legend, it’s thanks to a woman that the Giant’s Causeway even exists. You see, ol’ Finn McCool long, long ago got a little feisty and challenged a Scot from across the water to a battle. When Red Man took him up on the challenge he built a bridge across the water and came looking for Finn. Finn took one look at him and realized he’d made a big mistake. What’s a man to do when he’s bumbled so badly? Ask his wife to help him out, of course, and this is exactly what Finn did. His wife, Oonagh, took care of it by tricking the Scot into thinking that Finn was …

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Visiting The Kuchlbauer Tower and Brewery in Bavaria

Art and beer, beer and art. These two things don’t necessarily go together, but in Abensberg, a small town not far from Regensberg, in Bavaria there is a brewery and beer garden where it’s all about the art. It boasts a magical tower that will have the kids of all ages gaping and smiling. Jim and I heard about this unusual combination, and couldn’t wait to go. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to convince us to visit a brewery anyway, but with a little whimsy, you just can’t keep us away, and one thing that the Kuchlbauer Tower promises is whimsy! Am I Dreaming? The Kuchlbauer Brewery and Hundertwasserturm Experience The Kuchlbauer Brewery, brewing wheat beer or weizenbier, a wheat …

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