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Vienna did not pioneer “Coffee House Culture”; Mecca had several in the 12th century and Venice had the first in Europe in 1647.  But the Austrian Capital has over the centuries, established the tradition like no other city in the world. Coffee houses are at their best in Vienna! Legend has it that Georg Franz Kolschitzky (1640 – 1694) was the first to obtain a license to serve […]

Montecristo in Vienna

Ah Vienna, just saying the word and images of historic coffee houses, Heuriger taverns, massive monuments and Opera houses dance before my eyes. To a soundtrack of classical music of course. Probably Mozart if I am honest! A beautiful city not lost to its past, but rather one that seems to have done the unthinkable: brought the past to the modern era in a cohesive way. With only 3 […]

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One day we woke up and could see that Mother Nature was uncertain as to what she was going to wear that day. Was it going to be blue skies and warm rays of sunshine? Or maybe cool grey with a hint of late summer breeze, something more melodramatic, complete with rain and menacing clouds? Who knew? In case of the latter, our first instinct was to stay […]

Prague - dog pet friendly museum Montecristo travels

  I rarely write about a specific museum. Normally I enjoy combining several stops in one post. I prefer to tell you about an entire town and what to visit there, always favouring the walking tour approach. For larger cities, I’ll even end up doing several walking tours because options are good! But there are exceptions, like the Magic Gardens in Philadelphia, and today’s post is one such […]

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On a glorious Saturday afternoon, I watched Mom and Dad get all dressed up—and I mean dressed up, Dear Reader! Complete with hat, hand-painted silk summer dress, fancy LV bag, and shoes for Mom, and for Dad, fancy Italian shoes, hat, bowtie, vest, and pocket watch. They were going all out! This was unusual in that normally weekends are more dress down kinds of days for the bipeds. […]

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Safe to say that it’s one of the most undervalued capital cities of Europe, and that’s a real shame. Hundreds of sites, super pet friendly, Smart car police vehicles, bike paths, affordable and amazing food!

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Who is crazy enough to visit a national park during a torrential downpour? We are, apparently! Chalk it up to our “we may never return and we must see this” thought process. It was possibly one of the craziest things we did on our trip to Croatia. Not only had we already gotten totally soaked in Šibenik, but the rain was also falling harder by the time we […]

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The great thing about Split is that there are also many towns right next to it to see, as well as the fabulous old city of Split proper. You can hop on a bus — easily found on the promenade where the cruise ships dock — and within a half hour or so, you can be somewhere else. Somewhere possibly a little quieter and a little smaller. Somewhere […]

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We settled in Split for a little over a week. A full nine days to be precise. And it was absolutely worth it because Split is amazing, but so are some of the neighbouring towns. And that’s not to mention the awesome seaplane that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Oh yeah … stay tuned for that! Split has so much to offer that […]

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Flying to Dubrovnik airport with a small dog is a breeze. It’s small. Why do I love small airports, Dear Reader? I just do. I know I’ve said it before and I guess it hasn’t changed because, once again, I was so happy to be dealing with smaller airports—this time in Croatia. Zagreb airport is relatively small—more on that later—but the airport for Dubrovnik? It’s wonderfully small. And so […]