Destinations, Africa, Morocco

3 Days in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco marked our first ever visit to the continent of Africa. Marrakech was also officially our 8th city to visit on our year long journey. Morocco was our 3rd country, and Africa our 2nd continent of the trip as well. Marrakech is a former imperial city that uniquely incorporates […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain, is one of the most buzzed about cities in the world. This was JJ’s first visit to this historic city, and my second. Many of our friends, family, and random people we come across all seem to have Barcelona on […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Palma

Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca is the name of the island and territory in Spain that we were visiting, and Palma is the name of the capital and port city of Mallorca.  That may sound basic enough, and you may be asking “Len, why are you mentioning such basic facts?” The reason is that […]

Cartagena, Destinations, Europe, Spain

Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Cartagena is another Spanish coastal city that is steeped in history.  Founded in 220 B.C., it has a great deal of cultural significance to Spain’s history, and also plays a large part of Roman history. One of the major landmarks of Cartagena that we did at least walk by is […]

Destinations, Malaga, Europe, Spain

Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Malaga was our second city to visit in Spain. At first glance, it seemed like a much larger and newer, more modern city compared to Cádiz. Maybe it’s due to it’s seemingly more desirable location on the Mediterranean, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain.  Our ships path to Malaga […]

Europe, Spain, Cadiz, Destinations

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Cádiz marked our first city to visit in the country of Spain, and Spain was officially our 2nd country to visit in our year long journey. It was JJ’s 26th individual country to visit in total, and Len and JJ’s 20th Country to visit overall as a couple!  Len had […]

Destinations, Europe, Portugal, Funchal

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal marked our second city to visit in Portugal after Ponta Delgada in the Azores. I happened to wake early enough this morning to be greeted by an awesome Funchal sunrise. Article Summary We were admittedly a bit under-researched for this port, but were still able to note the stark […]

Europe, Portugal, Ponta Delgada, Destinations

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

As the first international stop of our year long journey, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, on Sao Miguel island of the Azores, featured sweeping views of lush green hillsides. The Azores are Portuguese islands floating almost smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. To say that they are remote or […]

Rome, Destinations, Europe, Italy

When in Rome…

Rome is an amazing city full of history, culture, friendly people, and great food.  The best advice we can give to anyone visiting Rome with limited time (as we were for our Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia), is to book tours with a tour guide through Trip Advisor / Viator.  JJ […]

Destinations, Central America, Belize

You Better Belize-It!

Belize is a beautiful country, and is fast becoming one of the most popular Central American locations for U.S. Citizens.  This could have something to do with the little known fact that Belize is the only Central American country where English is the primary language.    In June 2012, we visited […]