Step into a Storybook at Slovenia’s Lake Bled

This church, which sits on an island, was built near the end of the 17th century.  We spent a warm and beautiful autumn day strolling the 3.5-mile trail around the lake, soaking in… Continue reading

Julian Alps, Slovenia

Rick Steves suggests a great one-day driving tour through the Julian Alps in his Slovenia and Croatia guidebook. We were stunned by the natural surroundings and sight of trees on the cusp of… Continue reading

Ljubljana, Slovenia

We can’t help but compare cities when we’re seeing so many back to back.  Some people regard Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, as the next “Prague,” which is high praise in our book… Continue reading

Zagreb, Croatia: Capital City and Cafe Capital

Europe has a wonderful cafe culture that doesn’t exist in the U.S., but Zagreb takes it to a whole other level.  This Croatian capital city of just under 780,000 people must have the… Continue reading

Budapest, Hungary

We arrived in Budapest on the overnight bus from Krakow at five in the morning, an hour earlier than scheduled. We wouldn’t be able to check into our rental apartment until seven, so… Continue reading

That Time We Almost Got Scammed in Krakow, Poland

After landing at the airport in Krakow from Paris, we took the public bus to the city center to save money over a taxi. When we were only two stops from getting off,… Continue reading

Hamburg, Germany

The area around the train station and city center were incredibly lackluster, but the Warehouse District was quite unique. We went to Miniatur Wunderland here, which deserves its position as top-rated Hamburg attraction… Continue reading

Amsterdam: More than just pot and prostitutes

We had been moving rather quickly through cities, so it was nice to have four nights in one place. Our hotel was centrally located, with everything being within 20 minutes walking distance (unlike… Continue reading

Bruges, Belgium

Everyone seems to rave about Bruges when doing research on where to go in Belgium, but we were happy to have based ourselves in Ghent. Not only did Ghent have cheaper accommodations, but… Continue reading

Ghent, Belgium

We loved everything about Ghent, and Minh ranks it for the moment as his favorite city of all time (edging ahead of Paris and Prague). It takes on a different personality at night… Continue reading