• Tallinn, Estonia
    Baltics,  Cruise Ports,  Europe,  Uncategorized

    Tallinn: Kick ’em in the Baltics!

    A popular day stop for the Baltic Cruises is Tallinn. Wait, what???!!! Tallinn what? Where and what is this place you call Tallinn? I get it. A lot of people (myself included) have never heard of Tallinn and you know what – that’s almost criminal. Tallinn was first recorded on a world map in 1154 and is now the largest city and capital of Estonia. It should be your next must-see destination. (See it here on a map) A medieval, walled-city, this place is full of history, charm and ghosts! Yep, ghosts. At its historical heart is Toompea, covered in ankle-twisting cobbled lanes, lined with medieval houses and surrounded by guard towers and Gothic spires. The old…

  • Copenhagen walking tours
    Europe,  Scandinavia

    Copenhagen: A Fairy Tale Walking Tour

    “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid If you’re looking for something different to do and something that will engage, entertain and even educate the kids, take a walking tour of Copenhagen with Hans Christian Andersen. American Richard Karpen decked out in top hat and traditional long coat, guides you through the Old City in full character channeling Denmark’s beloved fairy tale author. Along the way “Hans” introduces you to Danish life and customs, pointing out architectural highlights all while bringing to life some of his most famous and beloved tales. “Hans” is enchanting, simply enchanting. His tales of history…

  • Italy,  Mediterranean

    Time to crash

    Here’s the thing, sometimes despite your very best efforts, your very best planning, your very best threats – they reach their limit. The kids just pass out – zonkers like. Doesn’t matter to them that they’re in Venice – the most beautiful/most romantic/most scenic place on earth – they’re shattered. So let ’em rest, let ’em soak up the sun, let ’em catch some zzzzz’s. Grab a gelato, or a glass of wine and grab your camera! Give ’em their 40 winks and they’ll fine and so will you.

  • Cruise Ports,  Mediterranean

    Day Trip to Delos

    Why go tilting at windmills??? According to Greek Mythology, Mykonos is where Hercules buried the Giants after a fierce battle. Another version – ‘cuz there’s always another version in Greeks Mythology – the island was named after Mykonos, son of the King of Delos who was the son of Apollo. If your Mediterranean cruise stops in Mykonos – get it out of your head that you have to spend the entire day on Mykonos, there’s real history, real adventure and real lions to see just a short boat ride away. Most likely your cruise will sail into Mykonos early in the morning and you’ll be in port until 4ish which is more than enough time to 1) Stroll the quaint port village, 2) Grab…