Northern Italy (Part 03): Crema

With an afternoon to kill before our flight out of Milan and having recently watched and appreciated the setting of Call Me By Your Name, we decided to visit the city of Crema. We hadn’t heard of the city before the film, and after visiting we were surprised to find such limited tourism-related information about the place (it doesn’t even have a WikiVoyage page!).

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Northern Italy (Part 02): Lake Como (& Lake Garda)

To get ourselves in the lake life groove on our way from the Dolomites to Lake Como, we stopped at Limone Sul Garda on Lake Garda. The town is quite popular, but most visitors stick to the lakefront. After strolling the lakeside promenade and watching the boats bob in the waves in the busy old port, we escaped the crowds by walking into the hills. We took a breath (and enjoyed the views) with visits to Chiesa di San Rocco and La Limonaia del Castel (where we learned about the town’s namesake). Lunch at quiet Al Veccio Fontec (ravioli with sage and butter, tiramisu) was relaxing and included what may have been the best tiramisu we’ve ever tasted!

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Northern Italy (Part 01): The Dolomites

Over the last few summers, we have really appreciated time in the Alps to reconnect with nature, breathe fresh air, and hike. This time around we shipped off to the Austrian-flavored province of South Tyrol in Italy; South Tyrol was previously part of Austria but annexed by Italy in the aftermath of WWI. (Note that the area is bi—and in some areas, tri—lingual. Most place names have German and Italian versions. We will mostly refer to the German names.) The Dolomites are a relatively unknown and inexpensive corner of the Alps, popular mostly with Italians, Austrians, and Germans and served as our home base for the first four nights of our trip.

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Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia: Video Moments

Tallinn was full of picturesque streets to wonder and enjoy. Our long weekend there was nothing short of incredible and one we look back on fondly. (And, who would have thought there would have been such a vegetarian scene!) From taking in the views from the many platforms to being fascinated by the Creative City, Tallinn showed us its many personalities and kept us interested. And, as we continue to believe, taking trips to smaller cities or towns outside of a capital in a country is so important. It helps widen the view of a place and gives a whole other perspective of what the culture, people, and the environment are like. Tartu gave us just that for this city weekend escape in Estonia! With its quirky neighborhood filled with streets named after soup ingredients and its leaning art museum, it was a great place to spend a day. Estonia is quiet, wonderful, and a place we won't forget!

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A Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia (Part 02): A Day In Tartu

In the spirit of seeing more of a country than just its capital city, we picked up a car in Tallinn and made the two-hour drive to Tartu for a day trip. Estonia’s second city, significantly smaller than Tallinn, is a university town in the southeast of the country just 30 miles (48 km) from Russia’s border.

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A Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia (Part 01): Tallinn

Estonia’s capital Tallinn is both on and off the tourist map. Many people haven’t heard of it, or if they have, they know little about it. But its old town is beautiful—one of the best-preserved in Europe—boasting pastel houses, attractive architecture, and cobblestone lanes. For these reasons, it’s a very popular stop on the Nordic/Baltic cruise trail, which means large crowds of people from mid-morning to late afternoon. The city reminded us of Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Bratislava at different times and in some way has the best of each, though on a smaller scale. We were lucky enough to see the city amid unseasonably warm and sunny late May weather, and the city truly shined on this stage.

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Snowdonia National Park, Wales: Video Moments

We have a habit of saying we want to go to all these places in the UK while we are living here but then not following through. It is easy to get caught up with hopping on a plane and heading south but there is so much natural beauty to be found just a drive away from London. Our weekend in Snowdonia got us back on track with that and helped us capture our love for the green countryside. It also restored a passion of hiking for us. We could not have had a better weekend with the sun shining down on us and Spring weather showing its charm. Hiking amongst the blue sky and stunning landscapes of Snowdonia was a by far a highlight of this year.

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A Weekend In Snowdonia National Park, Wales

In our effort to see more of the UK, Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, often cited as one of the UK’s most beautiful, seemed a natural next step. We always appreciate getting out of the city, breathing fresh air, and reconnecting with nature. Best yet, travel logistics were as easy as they could be as we picked up an Enterprise Car Club car just around the corner from our flat!

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Porto & Aveiro, Portugal: Video Moments

A four day weekend in the sunny riverside city of Porto was the perfect way to kick off some summer styled travel. Our love for Lisbon put Porto instantly on our list. It did not disappoint. The quirky (and hilly) city is full of character, hidden gems, views, tiles, and more. We enjoyed wandering around and stumbling upon its beauty. And, while there with some extra time to spare on our final day, it was an opportunity to finally see the famous neighborhood of Costa Nova in Aveiro. As we said in our post about the town, place like this can be miss-leading. You see a photo of a couple of striped houses and it makes you believe the whole town is full of them. Well, we can actually vouch for that! It was as playful, striped, and weird as one would hope. A great surprise ending to our long weekend away!

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A Four Day Weekend In Porto (Part 02): Day Trip to Aveiro, Portugal

There are some places that seem to pop up over and over again on social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram. If you spend any time on travel-related accounts on these platforms, chances are you’ve seen the famous striped beachfront houses of Aveiro (specifically the Costa Nova neighborhood). Only an hour from Porto and with lots of time to kill on our last day before our late flight, we decided to rent a car and make the trip!

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A Four Day weekend In Porto (Part 01): Porto, Portugal

After falling in love with Lisbon on our visit in 2016, we knew Portugal’s second city beckoned. So with a four-day weekend to spare in May and our skin craving some early summer sun, Porto was an obvious choice!

We stayed at Casa dos Lóios, a centrally-located boutique hotel with breakfast included. And getting there wasn’t a problem as Porto’s metro has a line extending from the city center to the airport. Visitors to Porto will quick realize how hilly the city is—bring comfortable shoes! Luckily there are stunning views seemingly around every corner awaiting those willing to wander.

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