Posts in travel
Hopping Around Helsinki

We took our second overnight cruise on Tallink to Helsinki. With an early disembarkation, it is the city where Paul and I decided we could manage public transportation in a brand new city with 4 suitcases. Essentially, we became those people dragging their suitcases on and off of trams and over six blocks of busy streets. Yes, it was stressful, but we did it! And it wasn’t that difficult. We parked our suitcases at the bus station lockers and toured until we could check into our crazy, tiny, pretty horrible apartment. Live and learn!

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Postcard from Southern Sweden

We took the train across the bridge from Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden, via the 10 mile bridge. I was interested in Malmo from my Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) days, as our Dallas chapter had  exchanges with Malmo.

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Galavanting in the Galapagos

We traveled to the Galapagos because my dear friend Lori Buhrfiend (@lellogoods) mentioned that she was going. That got me thinking—South America was our winter destination, but we had not planned an itinerary. What a great idea!

We stayed at the Galapagos Eco Friendly on Isla San Cristobal (San Cristobal Island) for one week before moving to Isla Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Island). We were happy with this plan, as each island had unique offerings. Here are the highlights of our fabulous two weeks in the Galapagos.

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Barcelona--Our Daily Bread and Wine

I signed up for this tour recommended by Trip Advisor with a bit of unneeded trepidation. It was a great tour, with passionate tour leaders and great wines and tapas. We toured the Can Bas winery and its cava (sparkling wine) affiliate. The Spanish Denominacion de Origen is Penedes. In this region of Spanish wine making, no artificial watering can take place, so the vintners are at the mercy of the weather for their rain. 

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