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Packing & Travel Tips

The good news is, you are going to Europe, anything you forget, you can buy there.  That being said, I like to be as prepared as possible, because who wants to spend vacation time trying to buy a plug adapter?

These are some things I like to always pack for a trip to Europe:

Adapters vs. Converters
An Adapter makes our US plugs fit into their different shaped plugs, while a converter actually changes the voltage for our US products.  For the most part, adapters are all you will need in today's times because most of our plugs are ok to use with a range of voltage.  iPhones, camera chargers, etc. generally work with an adapter only.  The way to tell is to look at the writing on the back of your charger.  If it has a range, then it is good for those voltages.  Adapters are relatively cheap and can be purchased at travel/luggage stores, or even just on Amazon.  I google the place I'm going, and find out what type of plugs they have.  Be aware that it can change from country to cou…
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A New Look

As you probably noted, I have a new look around here.  I'd like to say I was just ready for a refresh and ready to start re-blogging on the regular, but that's not the case.  Here's what happened:

I went to log on to my blog this morning to look for something and this is what I saw
I thought I had been hacked by some sort of ransom virus or something.  I looked into it further, and I sort of had.  Not an illegal virus, but I guess the cute images that I had on my blog header, sidebars, etc. had been saved on photo bucket.  Now photo bucket had decided that I needed to pay them $399.99 a year for them to house my images and post them on a 3rd party site.  Yeah.  No.   Not going to happen.  
They also seem to be holding my images hostage until I pay up, so they are basically gone forever.  Luckily, I had this on one of my instagram posts and while I could use it in a header as an image from my computer, I just decided to go with a new format and look altogether.  But I'm…

Hello Fresh...my newest favorite thing

A few months ago, I got a coupon code for Hello Fresh, and I decided to try it out (I'm giving you the same coupon at the bottom of this post!).  I had heard dozens of advertisements for similar food services, like Blue Apron, and even trashed a ton of coupons for BA because their menus didn't really appeal to me.  When I check out Hello Fresh, their menus seemed much more to my taste, and it has quickly turned into my newest favorite thing.

A little about my food situation:  I don't mind cooking, but I don't do so well when it comes to planning and shopping.  And if I need to thaw out something to cook, like chicken breasts, etc., well, there is a 98% chance I will forget to do that.  I also tend to buy too much food at the store, and end up with lots of waste.  
Basically, Hello Fresh solves all of these problems for me.  They send me 3 meals on Mondays.  My Hello Fresh box includes every thing I need to cook the meals except olive oil, salt, pepper, and sugar.  I ha…

Planning a Trip

I'm certainly no expert, but when people inquire about how I plan my trips, they always seem shocked that I do all the planning myself.  I don't book the trips through an organized tour, and I don't use a travel agent.  I do enjoy planning trips, and I know everyone doesn't, but it doesn't always require hours and hours of planning, and I think it is easy for everyone to do.
I've written before about some tools I use for planning trips, so if you want to check that post out, you can click HERE.
Where are you going?
First step, is figuring out where you want to go.  This also will require figuring out how long you can be gone.  I always have a running list of vacation itineraries in my head, but if you don't, then a good place to start is by looking at a map.  I also will google train travel times from one location to the next to figure out destinations.  I think this is also where guidebooks and pinterest can come in handy...you can find great itineraries fr…

My Trips to Europe and Canada

Italy for the New Year {Venice & Milan- Day 7}

The last full day of my vacation was on January 5th.   I spent a few hours in Venice before my 10:50 train out of Venezia San Lucia to Milano Centrale.  I went to St. Mark's Square first thing just to take in the sights of Venice one last time without crowds...
A classic Venice scene... The day before I made sure I could find the taxi dock where I arrived, and I even walked down there to make sure taxis were available.  The day before there were 4 or 5 docked there.  
That morning when I needed one, there were none.  Of course!
I went to the end of the dock and tried to flag down some that I saw driving by.  I guess they don't do that?  Because they all looked at me like I was deranged.  
I yelled over at some Gondoliers and asked how to get a taxi.  They suggested I walk to San Mark's Square dock.  I could do that, but I had luggage, and the streets are not great for rolling luggage, plus you factor in all the bridges, and that didn't seem like it should be Plan B.  …