Category Rick Steves

Europe 2017 – Athens – Part One

August 24 – 26 The next thing we knew we were on our way overnight to Greece, arriving in Athens around 9am on the 25th.  This trip, though lengthy will not be as long as the one we did 2014, particularly since we discovered that Americans can’t stay in the Euro Zone for longer than […]

Europe 2014 – Antwerp – Our Last Day, Full of the Things We Like to Do

Timeline: October 29th – 31st After another fine breakfast we set out on our final full day in Europe, headed for a northern suburb of central Antwerp and the Red Star Line Museum. Opened in September 2013, this new state of the art exhibition shows the other end of the Ellis Island immigration experience. During […]

Europe 2014 – Antwerp – Where Did Those Six Months Go?

Timeline: October 29th – 31st After an easy drive to Antwerp, we ran into heavy traffic on the outskirts of town, then again just a few blocks from our B&B, causing us to give the B&B Alegria a call twice to let them know we’d be delayed. We arrived after dark at their location in […]

Europe 2014 – Milano – Our Last Night in Italy and the Last Supper, Literally

Timeline: October 23rd – 24th We left late morning for Milano with a three-hour drive ahead of us on toll roads. Starting just before the drive, and then throughout, I was in a foul mood, similar to those experienced from time to time throughout the trip. I think this one was brought on by the […]

Europe 2014 – Florence – Like Returning Home

Timeline: October 21st – 22nd The drive up to Florence took about six hours, but was manageable, as we’d made a reservation at Hotel Anna’s in the center of town, not far from the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Duomo. That being said, once we arrived, the GPS wanted to send us down what […]

Europe 2014 – Amalfi Coast – Like Cinque Terre, But Different

Timeline: October 19th – 20th With just one day to see the area surrounding the Amalfi Coast, we opted to follow the recommendation of the Steve’s guide and use the bus and ferries to ride up and down the coast between Sorrento and Amalfi. We left camp mid morning and walked a mile or so […]

Europe 2014 – Pompeii – Ancient Ruins and Fast Food Joints

Timeline: October 19th – 20th We cleared out of Camping Village Roma early as we had a nearly three-hour drive ahead of us to get to Pompeii and our tour there. The journey went smoothly, driving on the toll roads at a cost of 15 Euros, and we arrived per the GPS in a crowded […]

Europe 2014 – Roma – We Visit Great a Big Cathedral and Big Ruins

Timeline: October 16th – 18th After we made a quick switch of our units the next morning we departed for town to get to St. Peter’s early. As we walked from the bus stop (didn’t have to use the metro for this leg) we noticed slightly less foot traffic, a good sign, which rewarded us […]

Europe 2014 – Roma – We Visit A Great Big Museum

Timeline: October 16th – 18th The next two days in Rome would be busy ones, with many sites of interest to be explored. We had purchased our tickets in advance for the Vatican Museum, scheduled to enter it at 2:00pm on Friday the 17th. We left for town on the bus and the metro planning […]

Europe 2014 – Roma Pre – We Bid Arrividerchi to Lyndsay and Prepare for Nicole

Timeline: October 15th – 16th Our ride out to the airport to drop off Lyndsay went a bit smoother than our drive in to camp the night before. Rome’s airport sits about 15 miles west of town towards the sea and we drove against traffic streaming into the city for work. We bade farewell to […]