In May of this year my husband and I set on a long-time-dream trip to Europe which lasted about 4 months. On how we did it and why, I touched upon here and here. Our trip ended in September and it's taken me all this time to begin sharing about it. For some reason, I have been wanting to keep it to myself, refusing, to some extent, to acknowledge that it's over.
I can't say we left with high expectations, but I secretly had high hopes for our time abroad. After a few tumultuous years, we wanted to take a proper vacation and reset, but mainly we wanted to see a different way of living. We wanted to learn something new.
I have been raving about the fall season on my Instagram page lately. I say there that I'm somewhat discovering fall again. Don't get me wrong though, I have not converted to being a fall lover as I really dislike the cold and wearing layers, I just try to appreciate beauty in any form it comes.
Thankfully, staying in the Adirondacks, we have had the chance to experience beautiful views, along with some absolutely gorgeous fall days.
This is the last post of a three-parts blogpost about our visit to Niagara Falls. Read part one and part two.
Undoubtedly, the best way to view Niagara Falls is by crossing into Canada, as you can see them straight on from there.
To get on Canada's side of the Niagara falls, you can either drive or walk over the Rainbow bridge that connects US with Canada.
We chose to walk as we didn't want to bother with parking and whatever else crossing by car would involve.
First thing to note is that you need either a passport, or enhanced photo ID, or driver's licence to cross the border. Even if you decide to go on the Rainbow bridge only, without entering Canada, at least one of the documentation mentioned above is required as you have to leave US to get on the bridge. You will need to pay
As I shared in this post, we decided to make a last minute trip to Niagara Falls. One of the goals for the trip was to go on the world famous Maid of the mist boat tour.
We bought the tickets online, ahead of time and redeemed them at the kiosk the day we decided to take the boat ride.
The tickets we purchased were valid for departure between May 24th to November 3rd 2019. At the time we received our tickets, we were given a souvenir postcard and were directed to the boarding dock where we were given blue souvenir ponchos to protect ourselves from the mist. The ponchos came with a
Days after we returned from our Europe trip, we decided to make a last minute journey to Niagara Falls.
We've been there many years ago but did not manage to go to Canada side to see the falls, and I've been wanting to return ever since.
Since we haven't had time to stash away our passports, and were a few hours away, we figured it would be a nice way of going down the memory lane. When we went there the first time, we were freshly married, young, inexperienced and in love.
Not much has changed in regards to our marriage since then, other than the years we have under our belt now, haha.
Our last day in Florence... Seated at what has become “our” breakfast table, we’re once again admiring the Duomo.
Dark clouds seem to be taking over the horizon, moving fast. Yet, we’re unmoved. The chilly air lingers around us. With my jacket on, I bite into my warm chocolate croissant and for the umpth time admire this sumptuous building. I stop and listen...
There's no doubt that traveling can be fun. Seeing new places, new people, new experiences sounds very exciting, but to ensure that a trip is successful, there must be a lot of planning involved. One can't possibly know or think of everything before a trip - we certainly spent a lot of time researching and planning before our #europeanadventure. I wanted to share the things we did and wish we did before leaving, in hopes of making your next trip's planning easier. Grab your notebook and pen for notes, a cup of coffee (or tea) or whatever fancies you and get ready, it's a long one.
So here it goes below...
Prior to our trip to Europe, we spent about a month in Upstate New York, spending time with family and preparing ourselves for the time we will be abroad.
The weather has been cold with a lot of rain, but we managed to get some sunny days that allowed us to spend some times outdoors exploring. We took advantage of the time in Adirondacks and visited a bit of the area.
There is no doubt about it, San Diego is a city meant for spending time outside. The weather, the scenery, the locations - all aid in leading an outdoorsy lifestyle. Apart from the the typical city scene, there are many outdoor "wild" areas in San Diego where one can leisurely walk, hike, bike or even run. All these areas are spread across the city and they each come with different "features" and landscapes.
A few weeks ago we left San Diego, California, which we called home for 6 years, in order to explore more of the world and ourselves. While waiting for our upcoming trip to Europe, we wanted to visit Upstate New York, specifically the Adirondack mountains area.
We found a much different situation here than we expected. We left what was almost summer weather and came to late winter, with slight signs of spring, aka cold weather and pretty much a grey sky. It's been quite a change from what we've known, as we haven't experienced real seasons since moving to SoCal, and boy does the body forget about the cold when living in warmer climates.
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Through travel one gets to know the outer world as well as the world within.