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First couple of days in Florence

First couple of days in Florence

We had two other people arriving at the villa on Saturday evening. We did some shopping in the nearby village to have something to eat once the first guests arrived. Then hubby dropped me off at the villa and went to pick up our friends 

Rental villa in Tuscany

Rental villa in Tuscany

We spent the last week of August in a rental villa in Tuscany with family and friends to celebrate my 50th birthday. The rental period was Saturday-Saturday and we had people arriving between Saturday and Wednesday. How I found the villa I had dreamt of 

A weekend in Vääksy

A weekend in Vääksy

Last Friday we took a weekend trip to Vääksy. Exploring the village We arrived on Friday afternoon and checked in at Vääksyn Apteekinmajoitus. The B&B is located in the old village pharmacy and decorated in a nice old-timey style. The room was spacious and functional. 

National Palace of Pena, Sintra and Cascais

National Palace of Pena, Sintra and Cascais

For our last day in Lisbon, I had booked a day trip to Sintra and Cascais. The meeting point was at a hotel where we got arranged into vans and each group consisted of 8 people plus the guide/driver. National Palace of Pena The first 

Sightseeing in Lisbon on a hop-on-hop-off bus

Sightseeing in Lisbon on a hop-on-hop-off bus

On our last day in Lisbon we opted for an activity I enjoy in almost any city. We took a couple of hop-on-hop-off bus tours. Belém Line First, we took the Belém line through the main avenues and the city center to Belém. We hopped 

Stunning views over Lisbon

Stunning views over Lisbon

Our second day in Lisbon was filled with more walking and some shopping. Funiculars and Bairro Alto After breakfast, we headed out to find the Elevador da Bica. This funicular or tram connects Largo do Calhariz to Rua de São Paulo and is one of 

Lisbon made an impression

Lisbon made an impression

I’m finally back and so is international travel. I turned 50 in late May and we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary this week so it was time high time for a trip. After many ifs and buts and a bit of a planning rut, we chose 

Delicious food in Tallinn

Delicious food in Tallinn

We took a quick minibreak in Tallinn a couple of weeks ago. We took the ferry on Sunday afternoon, spent Monday in the city and took the ferry back home on Tuesday morning. Lovely 5 star hotel I had booked a room at a hotel 

Another Helsinki staycation and wine bar visit

Another Helsinki staycation and wine bar visit

As I’m a sucker for any type of hotel offer, I simply had to book another staycation when Scandic made an offer I couldn’t refuse. So the weekend before Valentine’s day we headed back to Scandic Grand Central Helsinki for a one-night stay. Fast lane 

Christmas in Lapland – part III

Christmas in Lapland – part III

Our prediction for Sunday was spot on and the gondola and slopes were open. Last day skiing On Sunday we got to explore a few more slopes we could reach with the gondola. The visibility at the top was not the best but the slopes