Plan Ahead by Applying for a Turkey Tourist Visa Online

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

Damn, That’s One Big Dam! The Delta Works of Holland

Dubbed one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Delta Works is an engineering marvel.

The Dutch have been on a mission to protect themselves against the ocean’s onslaught since the mushy low country was first settled…CONTINUE READING >>

Dubbed one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Delta Works is an engineering marvel.

The Dutch have been on a mission to protect themselves against the ocean’s onslaught since the mushy low country was first settled…CONTINUE READING >>

Bilbao, the Big Dog of Basque Country

We could hardly visit the Spanish Basque Country without a stop in Bilbao.

Home of a quirky Guggenheim Museum – the building itself is a work of art! – a giant flower puppy, a spider mamma, a rockin’ old town…CONTINUE READING >>

We could hardly visit the Spanish Basque Country without a stop in Bilbao.

Home of a quirky Guggenheim Museum – the building itself is a work of art! – a giant flower puppy, a spider mamma, a rockin’ old town…CONTINUE READING >>

Don’t be a Stranger in Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger was an unexpected surprise!

The home of Scandinavia’s largest food festival (you KNOW we took full advantage of that!), the best-kept wooden houses in all of Northern Europe (so uberquaint), an obsession with pony rides, and the birthplace of a modern technology – all make for…CONTINUE READING >>

Stavanger was an unexpected surprise!

The home of Scandinavia’s largest food festival (you KNOW we took full advantage of that!), the best-kept wooden houses in all of Northern Europe (so uberquaint), an obsession with pony rides, and the birthplace of a modern technology – all make for…CONTINUE READING >>

The Highest Ski Resorts in the World

There is something extra special about ski resorts located in the highest regions of the world. It’s not just that they usually offer longer and more challenging ski runs. They also tend to have the most spectacular views. With adequate ski travel insurance, at least some of these lofty resorts are now accessible to anyone.

Chacaltaya, Bolivia … Continue reading “The Highest Ski Resorts in the World”

In Estonia We Traveled from Modern to Medieval

Evidence shows that people have been living here for over five thousand years, establishing it as one of the oldest seats of power in Northern Europe.

But it has only officially been the capital of the Republic since 1991 , making one of the youngest… CONTINUE READING >> 

Evidence shows that people have been living here for over five thousand years, establishing it as one of the oldest seats of power in Northern Europe.

But it has only officially been the capital of the Republic since 1991 , making one of the youngest… CONTINUE READING >> 

Lights, Camera, Action at The Palace of Versailles

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of opulence at the Palace of Versailles.

After a short drive out from Paris, we bypassed the waiting crowds and walked right in.

It was almost as if we belonged in a crib like this… CONTINUE READING >> 

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of opulence at the Palace of Versailles.

After a short drive out from Paris, we bypassed the waiting crowds and walked right in.

It was almost as if we belonged in a crib like this… CONTINUE READING >> 

To Helsinki, Finland and Back

Blue skies above the White City of the North!

Explore with your GypsyNesters a church carved inside a gigantic rock, a huge sculpture that proves music is a visual art, lovely domed architecture, and what has to be the most surprisingly elegant Burger King on the planet… CONTINUE READING >> 

Blue skies above the White City of the North!

Explore with your GypsyNesters a church carved inside a gigantic rock, a huge sculpture that proves music is a visual art, lovely domed architecture, and what has to be the most surprisingly elegant Burger King on the planet… CONTINUE READING >> 

Living the Life of the Beautiful People in San Sebastián, Spain

We were amongst the Beautiful People!

Seriously beautiful. Luxury at its finest—and we walked every inch of it!

Let us show you an incredible half-moon beach, spectacular sunsets, and some of the most wonderful food and views in the world… CONTINUE READING >> 

We were amongst the Beautiful People!

Seriously beautiful. Luxury at its finest—and we walked every inch of it!

Let us show you an incredible half-moon beach, spectacular sunsets, and some of the most wonderful food and views in the world… CONTINUE READING >> 

Mermaids, Hippies, and the Spires of Copenhagen, Denmark

A truly colorful town!

Race around Copenhagen with your GypsyNesters as we check out her art and architecture, her quirks and colors, and successfully dodge a contact high in a real live hippie colony (and though we don’t partake, we used it as an excuse to satisfy our munchies anyway)… CONTINUE READING >> 

A truly colorful town!

Race around Copenhagen with your GypsyNesters as we check out her art and architecture, her quirks and colors, and successfully dodge a contact high in a real live hippie colony (and though we don’t partake, we used it as an excuse to satisfy our munchies anyway)… CONTINUE READING >> 

You Can Gdańsk If You Want To In Poland

A city that rose from the ashes of World War II to become glorious again. That’s Gdansk.

We love a story of strength, of overcoming odds, of finding one’s way back from overwhelming circumstances.

If a city can personify these traits, we saw it in Gdansk… CONTINUE READING >> 

A city that rose from the ashes of World War II to become glorious again. That’s Gdansk.

We love a story of strength, of overcoming odds, of finding one’s way back from overwhelming circumstances.

If a city can personify these traits, we saw it in Gdansk… CONTINUE READING >> 

Walking the Basque Country of Spain (and a Wee Bit of France)—Live

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Basking in the Basque Country of Spain, A Live Blog

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING

Taking on Tallinn, Estonia

While we can’t say that Estonia occupied a spot on our bucket list, we sure are glad that we checked it off anyway! 

You’ve GOT to love a country that sang its way to freedom, serves food you didn’t even know was edible and (in the past), used some freaky remedies to cure what ails ya… CONTINUE READING

While we can’t say that Estonia occupied a spot on our bucket list, we sure are glad that we checked it off anyway! 

You’ve GOT to love a country that sang its way to freedom, serves food you didn’t even know was edible and (in the past), used some freaky remedies to cure what ails ya… CONTINUE READING

Cruising the Baltic and Beyond: Germany, Denmark and Norway – Live!


We’re still live and rockin’!

Chase us though an eye-opening jaunt through Berlin, a hippy colony in Copenhagen, the quaint, wooden towns of Stavanger and Bergen, and a ride in the fjords of Norway that you won’t believe… FOLLOW US LIVE >>


We’re still live and rockin’!

Chase us though an eye-opening jaunt through Berlin, a hippy colony in Copenhagen, the quaint, wooden towns of Stavanger and Bergen, and a ride in the fjords of Norway that you won’t believe… FOLLOW US LIVE >>

Russia, Estonia, and Poland – Cruising Though the North, Live!

Astonishing architecture, spires that scrape the skies, medieval charm – that’s Northern Europe.

Join us in the land of the czars, of decedent royalty, and food we’d never dreamed of  eating… FOLLOW US LIVE >>

Astonishing architecture, spires that scrape the skies, medieval charm – that’s Northern Europe.

Join us in the land of the czars, of decedent royalty, and food we’d never dreamed of  eating… FOLLOW US LIVE >>

Cruising the Homelands of the Vikings – a Live-Blog

Viking Ocean Cruises. You read that right, Ocean.

We’re huge fans of Viking River Cruises and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us—in their homelands—and on the ocean!

Join us live as we board the brand new Viking Star and explore the spectacular Baltic Sea region of Northern Europe!.. FOLLOW US LIVE! >>

Viking Ocean Cruises. You read that right, Ocean.

We’re huge fans of Viking River Cruises and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us—in their homelands—and on the ocean!

Join us live as we board the brand new Viking Star and explore the spectacular Baltic Sea region of Northern Europe!.. FOLLOW US LIVE! >>

Come Blow Your Hoorn in Holland

Rooted in the Dutch Golden Age, Hoorn made her name by welcoming ships laden with treasure into her harbor.

Today, we found Hoorn just as welcoming; where else can you learn to eat herring like a Dutchman – from the former town mayor?

Or be welcomed into a home near a cannonball-deflecting defense tower?

And Veronica nearly lost her hand at the infamous Roode Steen… CONTINUE READING >>

Rooted in the Dutch Golden Age, Hoorn made her name by welcoming ships laden with treasure into her harbor.

Today, we found Hoorn just as welcoming; where else can you learn to eat herring like a Dutchman – from the former town mayor?

Or be welcomed into a home near a cannonball-deflecting defense tower?

And Veronica nearly lost her hand at the infamous Roode Steen… CONTINUE READING >>

How the Anne Frank House Made Me Feel

The Diary of a Young Girl was the first coming-of-age story I’d ever read. 

And it hit me hard for a number of reasons.

So, Anne Frank House was at the very top of my list of places to visit when we arrived in Amsterdam.

The house is the actual building where the Anne and her family — and four others — hid before they were betrayed and captured by the Nazis… CONTINUE READING >>

The Diary of a Young Girl was the first coming-of-age story I’d ever read. 

And it hit me hard for a number of reasons.

So, Anne Frank House was at the very top of my list of places to visit when we arrived in Amsterdam.

The house is the actual building where the Anne and her family — and four others — hid before they were betrayed and captured by the Nazis… CONTINUE READING >>

Noto to Self: Explore Sicily’s Baroque Cities

Solid. Multi-layered. Fantastic.

There are too many adjectives to describe the Baroque cities of Sicily’s Val di Noto to fit into one article (but we gave it our best shot!).

In an effort to recreate the grandeur of Sicily after a devastating earthquake, massive structures were constructed in what came to be known as Sicilian Baroque… CONTINUE READING >>

Solid. Multi-layered. Fantastic.

There are too many adjectives to describe the Baroque cities of Sicily’s Val di Noto to fit into one article (but we gave it our best shot!).

In an effort to recreate the grandeur of Sicily after a devastating earthquake, massive structures were constructed in what came to be known as Sicilian Baroque… CONTINUE READING >>

Our 8 Favorite Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic


We’re asked a lot about our favorite cities, and Prague is certainly right up there!

There’s a fairy tale-like quality to the city and, like all fairy tales worth their salt, there are myths, legends, and a good dose of creepy stuff to be found… CONTINUE READING >>


We’re asked a lot about our favorite cities, and Prague is certainly right up there!

There’s a fairy tale-like quality to the city and, like all fairy tales worth their salt, there are myths, legends, and a good dose of creepy stuff to be found… CONTINUE READING >>

Prague’s Kick Astronomical Clock

Each hour a huge crowd gathers to watch this clock trot out its lively cast of characters – including death, avarice and… SEE ALL ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE CLOCK HERE >>

Each hour a huge crowd gathers to watch this clock trot out its lively cast of characters – including death, avarice and… SEE ALL ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE CLOCK HERE >>

The Dark and the Light Side of Nuremberg, Germany

The dark and the light side of Nuremberg, GermanyMost of us know the name Nuremberg, because of the trials held after World War II.

We explored the dark and Nazi side of Nuremberg but, thankfully, discovered ourselves charmed by her light side first.

To understand why the city was so significant in recent history, we had to travel back centuries earlier to learn about Nuremberg’s place as one of the Holy Roman Empire’s most important cities… CONTINUE READING >>

The dark and the light side of Nuremberg, GermanyMost of us know the name Nuremberg, because of the trials held after World War II.

We explored the dark and Nazi side of Nuremberg but, thankfully, discovered ourselves charmed by her light side first.

To understand why the city was so significant in recent history, we had to travel back centuries earlier to learn about Nuremberg’s place as one of the Holy Roman Empire’s most important cities… CONTINUE READING >>

Tip-Toeing Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Spring hath sprung!

And no one does Spring like Holland. Join your GypsyNesters in a romp through the largest garden in Europe – the Keukenhof Garden.

What started out as a kitchen garden sporting herbs and veggies had morphed into over six million bulbs exploding into a glorious riot.

And it’s only open for visitors eight weeks out of the year… CONTINUE READING >>

Spring hath sprung!

And no one does Spring like Holland. Join your GypsyNesters in a romp through the largest garden in Europe – the Keukenhof Garden.

What started out as a kitchen garden sporting herbs and veggies had morphed into over six million bulbs exploding into a glorious riot.

And it’s only open for visitors eight weeks out of the year… CONTINUE READING >>