Croatia’s Crown Jewel on the Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik

Croatia’s Crown Jewel on the Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik

We sailed from Hvar to Dubrovnik on catamaran Ferry, the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to Dubrovnik.  We met our guide at Place Gates for our walking tour, then we learned some of the history and culture by visiting some important city sites: Old Town,...
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. One day we were driven 10-hours to and from Dubrovnik to reach Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This small historic town is primarily fascinating for its unfortunate and still-evolving history. Mostar, spanning the deep valley of the Neretva...
Loire Valley–Famous for Chateaux & Formal Gardens

Loire Valley–Famous for Chateaux & Formal Gardens

Our 2nd from last stop in France was the Loire Valley, famed for its Chateaux, elaborate gardens, historic towns, and vineyards AND as of 2000, the central valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Glorious Chateaux and Gardens. On our way to Amboise to meet 1 of the...
Normandy Coast: Honfleur, Bayeaux, & D-Day Beaches

Normandy Coast: Honfleur, Bayeaux, & D-Day Beaches

For us, the Normandy Coast’s World War II D-Day Beaches and Museums was the highlight of our France trip. Our 1st D-Day stop was at the excellent Au Memorial de Caen with amazing films and exhibits which detail global events leading to WWII through the war then giving...
Reims in the Champagne Region then Briefly Rouen

Reims in the Champagne Region then Briefly Rouen

On Sunday, October 9, we picked up our rental car to drive northeast for a couple of hours to Reims (mysteriously pronounced “rance”) in the Champagne region, where we visited 3 main sights. First was the Reims Cathedral–with lovely stained glass windows—which...