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i’m off to denmark with author sara blaedel!

Sara Blaedel

I’m heading to Copenhagen today to join one of my favorite authors, Sara Blaedel, on a personal hygge tour of her homeland.

What?!” you’re probably thinking.

I know! That was my first reaction, too! [Read more…]

#grabyourmoment in beautiful monterey

17 Mile Drive

So many travel bucket lists are filled with international destinations when one of the most beautiful areas of the world — Monterey, California — is right in our own backyard. [Read more…]

shout-out to our viking star family!

Viking Star Lois and captain

Michael and I are still raving about our Grand Mediterranean Tour aboard the Star, Viking’s first ocean cruise ship last month. It was probably the best cruise we’ve ever taken.

Although, obviously, we love to travel, we’re usually ready to come home, especially after being away for 15 days. But, for the first time ever, both of us kept asking how we could stow away for a couple more weeks. We have never felt like that on any cruise before.

A huge part of the credit goes to the amazing crew. Although the ship itself is magnificent, it’s the people who always make or break a trip, and the people on the Star are equally magnificent, starting at the top. [Read more…]

our viking ocean cruise, part 2

Lois and Michael on Viking Star

Well, yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday nicely segues into today’s Throwback Thursday so I can share photos from the second half of our 15 day Viking Ocean Cruise to Spain, Italy and France. We’re throwing all the way back to, oh, a couple of weeks ago when we sailed on the amazing Viking Star. [Read more…]

wordless wednesday: our viking ocean cruise!

Lois and Michael on Viking Star

I rarely do Wordless Wednesday posts but it seemed like the perfect time to share photos of our amazing — and I mean AMAZING — Viking Ocean Cruise aboard the gorgeous Viking Star.

As I’ve mentioned before, Viking invited us to experience its first ocean cruise ship and, although we’ve been on many cruises before, we are still raving about the 15-day Grand Mediterranean Tour.

Let me tell you, grand is an understatement. I’m going to have to write a number of posts to try to give you a real feel for just how special this cruise is.

But today, I’m going to whet your appetite with pictures that represent each port we visited during the first half of our trip. [Read more…]

top 12 musts for lois’ great adventure on the viking star

Viking Star Monte Carlo

You know how much we love our Viking river cruises.

Well, we just booked our first Viking Ocean Cruise — yes, Viking is now cruising on the ocean, too! — and we are so excited.

We were even more excited after I received an amazing email with the subject line, “12 Musts for Lois’ Great Adventure on the Viking Star,” from My Viking Agent, CBA, who has become a real friend after helping us plan our Portraits of Southern France and Heart of Germany river cruises last year.

She had just come back from a shorter version of the cruise we’ll be taking on the Viking Star, and she couldn’t stop raving about the ship. We had read all the amazing reviews of the Viking Star, which has already won all the top industry awards in its first year, but she made it really personal by sharing her favorite experiences, all of which can (and will) be replicated by us — and all of you! [Read more…]

eating our way through germany on our viking river cruise

Christmas markets food booth

One thing our Viking River Cruise through Germany had in common with the Christmas Markets we visited along the way was that they both gave food a starring role.

In case you missed it — or just to get in the right mood for what you’re about to see — you may want to take a minute to go back to yesterday’s post and look at my pictures from some of our favorite Christmas Markets.

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our viking river cruise to the christmas markets in germany

Christmas markets Germany

Visiting the Christmas Markets in Europe has always been a bucket list item for us.

So when Viking offered us our choice of a second cruise — we fell in love with them on a cruise through the South of France earlier this year — we unhesitatingly booked Germany  after Thanksgiving so we could finally make this dream come true.

Get out your calendar because, trust me, you’re going to want to start planning this trip for next year. [Read more…]

vive le food tour paris!

Le Food Tour pastry maker

In light of the tragedy in Paris, I thought it would be a good time to celebrate the city — and the people and things that make it so special. What better way to do that than through their magnificent food? I published this interview on Huffington Post when we came back from our trip in April but wanted to re-post it here in honor of our Parisian friend, Maxime Audi, who we have been thinking about constantly.

When in France, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of every opportunity to indulge in the world-renowned food. So, on our recent trip, we basically ate our way through the country.

I’ve already introduced you to the new generation of chefs in Aix-en-Provence and the exquisite French cooking we were served aboard our Portraits of Southern France Viking River Cruise.

Now, let me tell you about our post-cruise trip to Paris, one of our favorite cities, where we decided to take a food tour to get a taste of what was new. We opted for Le Food Tour, a relatively new eating/walking tour of the City of Light, because it promised an off-the-beaten-path experience. [Read more…]

#theretreatireland, day 4: the merrion, louise kennedy and o’donoghue’s

Trinity College

Although we were exhausted from the past three amazing days on The Retreat Ireland, my blogging soul sister Stacie Haight Connerty and I got up early to do yoga on the roof of The Marker Hotel with Mari Kennedy.

Boy, were we glad we did. [Read more…]