Visiting Amsterdam: Amsterdam City Guide

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Amsterdam City Guide

Last summer, Chris and I spent three weeks in Europe. We toured northern Italy during our first week (in Milan, Florence, Bolzano, and Verona to be specific) and our final week was a road trip along the southern coast of Iceland. But this post is about the second leg of our trip: five days in Amsterdam!

I’ve put together some notes from our trip to the “Venice of the North” if you’d like to see…

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Visiting Italy: Bolzano City Guide

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Bolzano City Guide

Bolzano is not a typical Italian vacation destination. It is far north in the foothills of the Dolomites and was part of Austria only until the mid-twentieth century. But even though you don’t hear much about it, Bolzano (or “Bozen” in German) is fascinating: it is a bicultural city — the population is equally split between Italian-speaking and German-speaking. In many ways, we felt like we’d left Italy for Austria or even Germany with the green rolling hills and the cooler temps.

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Visiting Italy: Milan City Guide

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Milan City Guide

Chris and I had always wanted to visit Italy, so we decided to make the most of our week, visiting as many cities as we could while still slowing down enough to enjoy each destination. We flew into and out of Milan, which made it easy to plan our train travel to other northern Italian cities.

It was a wonderful week. We wouldn’t have changed a thing, and we can’t wait to go back. Here are some notes about traveling to and around Italy, including a Milan city guide. I hope you enjoy!

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9 Great Audiobooks / 02

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Chris and I drove to Tucson over the Thanksgiving holiday, and the fifteen-hour drive became significantly more enjoyable with the audiobook The Disaster Artist. We couldn’t stop listening!

I thought it was time for the second installment of 9 Great Audiobooks, and this one has a little twist: Road Trips! So here are nine more great audiobooks for your next road trip. I’ve split them into three categories: non-fiction, fiction, and stories that kids from one to ninety-two will love.

And here’s the first installment if you want nine more great suggestions.

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Visiting Iceland: Roadtrip Guide for Iceland’s Southern Coast

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A family friend reached out to us recently about our trip to Iceland in June. Her daughter will visit Iceland in a few weeks, and she wanted some tips on what to see and what to expect on her trip.

When people hear that we visited Iceland, they have all kinds of questions about what it’s like. Well, here’s the deal: Iceland is magic. The photos can’t really do the landscape justice, but Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth with the kindest people and the cutest animals. An added perk was that we were able to add our week-long stopover to our flight home from Amsterdam without any additional airfare.

Let me encourage you to take the trip if you ever get the chance. Iceland is an incredible, almost other-worldly place.

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