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Best of Cinque Terre {Italy}

A last-minute decision to visit Cinque Terre and we are so glad we did! It was truly romantic and such an amazing place. I needed a break from museums so it was nice to see something different! :). If you enjoy hiking, you’ll fall in love with this place, I guarantee you! Cinque Terre consists of 5 towns […]

A Day in Florence {Italy}

We originally planned for 2 days in Florence but we decided last-minute to venture off to Cinque Terre on the 2nd day leaving us only 1 day to explore Florence. It was definitely less busy than Rome. It was a nice change of pace and environment. We arrived during the evening in Florence via train from Rome which […]

When in Rome {Italy}

Rome was our first stop during our 2 weeks in Europe and we only had 3 days. Ideally, you’d want at least 5 days in Rome. It was our favorite city in Europe! We are glad Rome was first on our itinerary because it was overwhelming due to the crowds and amount of energy required. There’s A LOT of […]

Trip Planning {Europe}

Here are some resources to help plan your trip. We were lucky to know friends that went to Europe (1 month prior to our trip) with a similar itinerary as ours and they provided us very valuable resources. We also did some planning on our own through books, videos, and travel forums. Travel Book We used […]

Europe in 2 Weeks!

Europe was our very FIRST international trip (we went on a Mexican Riviera cruise in 2005 for 7-days but this is the first time we flew to an international destination)  so it holds a special place in our heart! With the help of friends and online research we planned an adventurous trip – rented our own […]

The Big Easy {New Orleans}

If you like drinking, partying, jazz, music, and good fatty food….this place is for you! I’ve been to New Orleans on 2 separate occasions, personal & work, and both times were fun! I’d recommend going to New Orleans when there is an event. Click here to check out their events calendar. My husband and I visited when they […]

Trip Planning {Peru}

Airline We flew with LAN Airline from Los Angeles, CA because they had the least amount of layovers. We had 1 layover in Lima for about 1 1/2 hours. I have no complaints about the airline. I liked that they had 2 seater rows unlike most airlines with 3 seater rows. Accommodation in Cusco  Terra Andina is the […]

Good Eats in Cusco {Peru}

Peru has amazing Peruvian food!! If you’re planning on hiking Machu Picchu be advised not to eat anything too heavy especially during acclimatization. You can’t leave Peru without eating ceviche, alpaca meat, guinea pig, and drinking pisa sour. Here are some recommendations of good restaurants around Cusco:   Our first meal in Peru! Entree pictured above: seafood […]

Acclimating in Cusco {Peru}

If you are planning on hiking Machu Picchu, it’s highly advised to acclimate in Cusco at least 2-3 days prior to your big hike to make sure you’re healthy at 12k+ feet. Luckily we were not affected too much by the altitude. We definitely felt it as soon as we landed. Some of the symptoms […]

Sacred Valley Tour {Peru}

Our hotel in Cusco helped us arrange a private tour guide to educate us on culture and history while visiting Sacred Valley (Pisac, Urubamba, Chincero). If you’re planning on hiking to Machu Picchu I’d recommend visiting the Sacred Valley before your hike because you’ll learn some background on Machu Picchu.  The tour is an all day […]

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