This is the third in a three part series about our recent trip to Europe. Find Part 1: Paris here and Part 2: London here.
[Wow, sorry for the incredible delay, guys! Oh well, better late than never. Here is the conclusion of our trip to Europe!]
I was particularly excited about visiting Venice, since I wouldn’t be working at all and it was the only city this trip that I hadn’t previously visited.
We arrived at Venice Marco Polo Airport in the late morning and had to decide how we would get to our hotel: a private water taxi (most expensive at €55 per person and quickest), a shared water taxi (still fairly expensive at €30 per person), or a water shuttle (least expensive at €15 per person and biggest time suck). We decided on the water shuttle, which would allow us to see quite a bit of Venice from as we made our way around the main island towards our hotel.
Travelers’ Tip: Do some research on the public water shuttles, Alilaguna, prior to your trip. You’ll need them to get to and from the airport, and to the other islands surrounding Venice. Trip Advisor had a nice writeup of your options upon arriving at Marco Polo. Continue reading
A lot of friends and family have inquired about our recent trip to Europe. The easiest way to reach the most people is to blog about it, so the following posts will chronicle our trip in three parts — one for each city we visited.
If you’re not into travel tips or vacation photos, feel free to skip these next few posts!
Note: I’m only linking places that were memorable and where we had a nice time, or would be helpful context for the reader. Anything that is omitted is done intentionally.
Part 1: Paris
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’re aware that there was a terrorist attack in Paris recently. This tragedy unfolded about two weeks before we were set to depart. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little uneasy about travelling at this point, and not just to Paris — getting aboard any overseas flight would have caused the same amount of anxiety for me. Everything turned out fine, thankfully, but it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and be smart when travelling.
We had a nonstop overnight flight from Detroit to Paris. Neither of us slept all that well, but were excited to land and make our way into the city. After clearing customs (and a two-hour line to do so), we collected our luggage and jumped on the metro.
Travelers’ Tip: Paris’s international airport, Charles de Gaulle, is a 20 mile/hour-long trek from the city center, so you’ll need to have a plan for getting into the city. I have, in the past, utilized a cab service, but it’s pricey. This time I did some research on taking the metro and it ended up being the perfect option for us.
The metro dropped us off about two blocks from our hotel, Legend Hotel. We booked Legend Hotel using the Hotel Tonight app, which specializes in last-minute deals around the world (and you can use promo code MSTIEVE to get $25 off your first booking!). We ended up getting two nights for the price of one. The hotel was fairly standard for Paris: compact, but comfy. The bed was especially welcoming and we ended up napping for a couple of hours after mercifully receiving an early check-in. Continue reading
Independence Day is my favorite holiday of the year. Warm weather, grilled food, pyrotechnics… What’s not to love?
This year we had a very busy holiday weekend. The festivities actually started late Wednesday night when we hosted our first house guests, my aunt and uncle, in from Florida. Since their time in Michigan was jam-packed, we had a bit of an impromptu breakfast party on Friday morning with some of the family. I did an easy menu of fruit, yogurt, bagels, muffins, and this crock pot breakfast casserole. We also had steel-cut oats and mimosas provided by the party-goers.
I love entertaining, and this was the perfect opportunity to break out our servingware and put out a nice spread.Our guests departed on Friday, so that left us with the rest of the weekend. Troy, miraculously, had Friday-Sunday morning off of work, so we took the opportunity to spend a couple of days at a friend’s lake house. Continue reading