Alright folks, it’s due time for a new update and what better way than with a post about the happiest place on earth! We’ve been wanting to go to Disneyland with the kids for quite some time now and finally made the trek down to LA! (Or really Anaheim) We really wanted to see Disneyland during the holidays bc we heard that the whole park gets into the holiday spirit and it did not disappoint! The park is beautifully decorated everywhere and we had such an amazing time at Disneyland and can’t wait to go back! We are even thinking about getting a season pass!
I finally did it… finally after saying I would write this for years. Here is my personal guide to everything to do in Maui! I would say literally in the last 4+ weeks or so I’ve wrote some version of this in one form or the other on peoples facebook walls and/or emails so here it is! Enjoy everyone!
We first went to Maui back in 2006! It was for a friends wedding (Winf & Lety) and we both hadn’t been there in ages! We really didn’t know what to expect but had lots of people recommending one particular book to us,
A city we instantly fell in love with! We got into the city around 1pm that day after taking a quick pit stop in Pisa and checked into our hotel The St. Regis Florence. Florence wasn’t actually too far from Pisa and it was a straight shot on the train over to Florence
Ahh, The St. Regis, Hands down one of the nicest hotels we have ever been to or stayed at! Just take a look through the photos on the link and you’ll see what I mean! We highly recommend this hotel.
Off to Pisa! We originally were not planning on going over to Pisa but we were informed from our hotel that we would be passing through it anyways so you might as well take advantage of it and make a pit stop there. Definitely glad that we did it b/c it really didn’t take all that long and I’m glad that we got to see another one of the major landmarks in Italy. We took the 9:03 train out from Cinque Terre, and were at first a bit confused b/c there were a number of trains that actually go to Pisa.
Hands down one of the most beautiful places in the world! We’ve heard so much about Cinque Terre from friends and watching specials on the Italian Riviera, and we finally made it! Definitely one of our favorite places on our trip! We decided to stay at Monterosso after speaking with some friends and glad to did it!
We got in late that night as we left Venice late in the afternoon. The train ride was a bit over 3 hours and Grace and I got some good rest on the way there. We watched Adjustment Bureau on the way,
As sad as we were when we had to leave Lake Como, we were really excited to continue on our trip of Italy! Next stop, Venice. We heard such mixed reviews of Venice from our friends. Some absolutely loved the city and others didn’t think too highly of it. But what’s a trip to Italy without Venice? We decided to spend a night in Venice and booked our stay at Venice through Starwood. We stayed at the Westin Europa Venice, a lovely hotel very near the main attraction in Venice, St. Marks Square.
One of our favorite parts of the trip! We absolutely fell in love with Lake Como. The whole area was breathtaking and the views were just amazing from every angle and we completely soaked up our time there… this is definitely a place that we want to go back to one day.
The train ride from Milan was only about 35 minutes and I had booked our train ride to stop at Como S Giovanni (since the hotel website said to do so), but apparently there was another train stop that is even closer to the lake!
La Scala Church is the 4th largest church in Europe
After a long 10 hour flight to Paris, we had a short layover and then we were off to Milan! That short layover however meant…..lost luggage! Good thing we brought carry-ons with us though so we were ok for a couple of days! I have to say the European’s aren’t very efficient with their processes. It takes forever for luggage to come off the plane, people can’t give you a straight answer, and they just seem to not be “as nice”. Perhaps it’s the whole “American Tourists” bit… but I thought we were more like the “Chinese Tourists” this time around!
Finally! We made it to the one country that my wife and I have been wanting to go to for a really long time, Italy! We packed in a whirlwind 2 week long trip to 8 cities and had the time of our lives. Packed with history and tradition, we loved Italy in all aspects, from its food, to its people, to the sites and old ruins. We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation! This was planned as an anniversary trip and since both of us have been swamped at work the whole year, we were really looking forward to just get away for a while and spend some QT with each other.
Day 2 of our trip in Melbourne – We woke up and wanted to explore the city so we decided to venture out again. We had some reco’s so we went off the list and checked out a few places.
Check out the wider map of Melbourne to see all the areas we ventured to.
Royal Botanical Gardens
We began the day walking through the beautiful Royal Botanical Garden in Melbourne. A garden similar to that in Sydney but it seemed alot bigger. It was a beautiful day in Melbourne so we took full advantage of it,