"Leave nothing but memories. Take nothing but photographs." is an inspired idea that we would love to follow in our travels.



Yet, we all want to see, eat and yes shop in amazing places.


I'm your girl for all the temptations around the world. I will guide you on the must-see and must-dos.


I am your Travel Temptress.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Slovenia

This small country has so much to offer. Slovenia is very affordable, friendly and easy to get around. Even better, there are no toll roads.

**If driving from Italy or a bordering country, be aware that you will need a vignette (sticker for your car to enter the country). They sell weekly, monthly, etc. vignettes at gas stations prior to reaching the border.**

Ljubljana, the capital is easily seen on foot.  You must try their dumplings! https://www.moji-struklji.si/




The visitor center has loads of useful information. Also, finding people who speak some English is not difficult in Ljubljana.

The Old Town district is charming and picturesque. The Triple and Dragon bridges are not to be missed.


The Central Market (go on Fridays) is closeby.
This small capital even comes complete with a castle on a hill. So much to love about Ljubljana!






Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge are not to be missed! You can find free parking nearby the Lake. The walk through the Gorge is easy for all ages. No hiking or difficult terrain. It does get cool, so if you are visiting in September (my preferred month in Europe), bring a sweater in late afternoons.





Monday, January 14, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of my favorite destinations in Europe. The currency exchange is extremely favorable, the city is rich in history, and you will not find better goulash in the World.

Walk the Chain bridge from Pest over to Buda.  Visit the Buda Castle. Take in the sites along the Danube (You will definitely recognize the Parliment building), and relax in one of the thermal baths, like the SZÉCHENYI.

As with most European tourist destinations, be mindful of pickpockets. Otherwise, we felt very safe while visiting. The people were friendly and helpful. Visit the Central Market Hall and mingle with the locals while getting some great food and soveniers. Don't forget the paprika!
Love, love this city.







Greece - Santorini

This destination had been on my bucket list for a long time. Yes, it is as postcard beautiful as you imagine. A few things to note:

I would avoid Summer in Santorini as tourism is high, and cruise ship traffic is heavy.

The weather in the Mediterranean is also warm, so consider your comfort level for time of year to visit.

Secure your transportation before landing at the port, or ask for the taxi cost from the driver before agreeing to the ride.

Traveling via ferry offers amazing views and an efficient means of reaching Santorini from Athens or other Greek Isles.

Don't miss out on the numerous boutiques as you walk the towns on the Island.
Traveling via local bus is economical and easy. Just be sure to be ready at Sunset to capture some beautiful photos!








Cappadocia, Turkey


Turkey is a beautiful, complicated and unforgettable destination. The combination of historical significance and natural landscapes, make it a must-see. With careful planning and safety awareness, it is a safe trip to consider.

Cappadocia is located on the Asian side of Turkey, and is easily reachable via short plane ride from Istanbul.

Some essential things to do in Cappadocia:

- Balloon ride at Sunrise
- Stay in Cave Hotel
- Tour of Imagination Valley
- Fairy Chimneys


I highly recommend the town or Urgup for a base. https://www.canyoncavehotel.com/

Try the giant beans and pistachio baklava that is available across Turkey.

Eat incredible food & enjoy all that Turkey has to offer! 









Friday, January 11, 2019

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My love for this City (as well as my love for Game of Thrones that filmed here) is very real.

Dubrovnik is easy to get around on foot, but there are stairs, many stairs. It is a great offset to the wonderful food that you will encounter here.

For US citizens, the currency exchange is great.

Walk the streets of the Old Town. Eat at an outside cafe. It is a magical place.






Thursday, January 10, 2019

Italy - Tuscany & Umbira

The land of food and fashion never disappoints. There are so many places that are a must for the first timer (Rome, Florence, Venice). I want to share some of the surprises that you may not have considered. Tuscany and Umbria should top your must-see list. Many small hill towns offer wonderful regional food, great artisans and beautiful sunsets.

Montepulciano is a wonderful hill town that is both accessible and easy to navigate. The views are amazing, so the drive is worth it. (I do not recommend trains for getting to all the small towns.) Don't miss the leather and copper artisans likeBottega del Rame. There are many specialty shops for every taste.

Chianciano is another great small hill town complete with thermal spa and olive trees. Stay in an aguriturismo for an authentic and memorable experience.





Todi, in Umbria at night.




There are so many places to see in Italy. Go, eat and sleep there soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wanderlust & Flat Feet

A bit about travel footwear. I have researched and tested this dilemma at length. I was blessed (ha) with flat feet. This requires that I choose my footwear carefully. My goal when traveling is to walk everywhere possible, for as long as possible.

Enter Ecco footwear. I was able to hoof it through Italy for 21 days with these babies.
They were great for support and comfort. An added bonus is that they do not look like typical American sneakers, as they are a European brand.

ECCO Shoes