Jaipur, India – A visit to The Amber Fort and Water Palace

We left Agra early and cold the day after visiting the Taj Mahal and Red Fort of Agra. The city was crowded, but by this point we have started to get used to chaotic traffic and the constant blowing of car horns. We left the hotel around 6am and were dropped off at the bus station to take the local bus to Jaipur, known as the Paris of India. A six hour ride on the local bus was a hip, no-frills way to travel. Riding through the small towns and villages was something we would have missed out on by train or plane. Dotted with small produce stands, crowds of people and animals moving in every direction – rural Indian towns were exciting to witness up close.

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Agra, India – A trip to the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra

The day started early as we met in the lobby of our hotel at 4:50am and prepared to leave New Dehli for Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Needless to say, we were all a bit groggy in the morning, but the excitement of our first full day was more than enough to overcome the pre-dawn start time. We made our way to the train station and boarded Indian Railways for the two hour ride to Agra.

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Istanbul – What to Expect

This Easter, Mike and I decided to spend the holiday visiting Istanbul, Turkey. We didn’t know precisely what to expect in Istanbul, and the adventure was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever had together. Istanbul packs a lot, which is makes sense because it is the economic, cultural and historical center of Turkey and connects Europe to Asia. From dazzling sights to delicious tastes and a stunningly unique culture – we went through it all! Visiting Istanbul is tremendous, and here are some ideas of what to expect, surprises we encountered along the way and a breakdown of our must-see attractions and how to do them right. Continue reading “Istanbul – What to Expect”

Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once

Friends of ours are planning a visit in September. The original idea was to bookend their trip with time in Copenhagen and hit Oktoberfest for the weekend. A little into the planning process, we realized that an Oktoberfest trip takes considerable more preparation and we looked for other options. We settled on Stockholm out of interest and economy – $88 roundtrip tickets are pretty persuasive.

This is not my first time to Stockholm, I was there just a month ago, but this trip should be pretty different because I won’t be alone. Yes, I traveled alone for the first time when I went to Stockholm in July. Mike was away on business and I found a flight even cheaper than the previously mentioned one so I booked it. Continue reading “Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once”

Norway in a Nutshell – In a Nutshell

Earlier this month I set off on a trip unlike my other travels these summers and I experienced Norway by embarking on the Sogneford in a Nutshell tour. Because of her Norwegian heritage, my friend Ashley wanted to include this excursion to Norway when she visited me in Copenhagen along with our friend Marilyn. Over four days we experienced the breathtaking Scandinavian IMG_1162.JPGlandscape from Bergen to Oslo through the fjords and mountain trains with stops in Flåm and Myrdal. Norway was never high on my travel bucket list, but on this trip I was pleasantly surprised and the getaway made me reconsider my travel priorities going forward! Continue reading “Norway in a Nutshell – In a Nutshell”

Amsterdam – 5 Things You Can’t Miss

Late last month I took a once in a lifetime trip with some of my favorite people; I hit Paris and Amsterdam with Mike, my sister Jillian and her boyfriend, Thane. We spent 3 scorching hot weekdays in Paris and then it was time to travel by train to Amsterdam where we ended on the highest note of the trip (pun intended). Two amazing capitals of Europe in one week! Continue reading “Amsterdam – 5 Things You Can’t Miss”

Why Americans Can’t Hygge

Last month the Oxford Dictionary added over 600 new words and phrases to the English dictionary. These quarterly updates never really catch my attention – the last word I remember being added was “bootylicious” in 2004. However, in this latest helping of nomenclature, Oxford threw in a Danish word that I recently added to my vocabulary in heavy rotation – Hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”).

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