Updatage: My travels in April, May, June and July

May 10, 2013

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An update on my recent and forthcoming peregrinations.

I wasn’t kidding when I said that travel was revving up.  In my last update post, I semi-whinged about travelling so much lately that I can’t keep up with blogging about it. (Somewhere, a thousand tiny violins are playing, and a few people just rolled their eyes.)

But seriously, things are busy and my blog posts are behind.  I’ve had some fantastic experiences lately that I’m itching to expound on as soon as I have the time. For now, though, here’s an update on where I’ve been recently and where I’m going.

Where I’ve been: April and May

Lille, France

Hot on the heels of our trip to Egypt (we got back from there April 1st), Liebling and I jumped the border went to Lille mid-month.  Lille is only a 1 hour and 20 minute high-speed train ride from London, and thus a perfect weekend trip, especially for those who love food (we stuffed our faces all weekend).

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Ravensburg, Germany

We visited friends in this tiny Bavarian town (known by most for being the home of Ravensburger board game company).  The city, located half-way between Munich and Zurich, is fairly close to the Alps and the Neuschwanstein Castle (the one that inspired the iconic Disneyland castle).  Sadly, it poured rain the whole three days we were there, so we mostly stayed inside and caught up with our friends.  We also stuffed our faces all weekend with tasty German food (are you beginning to see a pattern here?). I  didn’t bring my computer and barely took any pictures.

Sierra Nevada, Spain

I’ve already written a bit about this blogger trip I was invited on last month. We were hosted by Minube and the Sierra Nevada Tourism Board, who organized a slew of activities (including skiing, sailing, and a helicopter ride!) to help us learn more about this part of Spain. More posts are forthcoming!

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Lisbon, Portugal

This Monday Liebling and I just got back from three days in Lisbon. We visited Lisbon proper and did a day trip out to see the royal palaces of Sintra and the beach of Cascais.  The weather was amazing, the vast amounts of seafood and Portuguese pastries I ingested made me vow to detox myself upon my return to London. So far I’ve been successful, but I’m hungry all the time and have pasteis de nata on the brain!

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Where I’m going: May, June, July

Good weather and cheap plane tickets mean I’ll be doing a large amount of Eurotripping in the next few months. I’ll be off to:

Berlin, Germany (May)- I leave this afternoon for three days in Liebling’s hometown! It’s Mother’s Day in Germany on Sunday and we’re planning on spending some quality time with his mama.  I’m also going to meet up with a relatively new mother over the weekend: my friend Nicole is the New Black had a baby recently! I am baby crazy so can’t wait to meet her beautiful bundle of joy!

Rome and the Amalfi Coast, Italy (May)- The following week I’m meeting my mom in Italy! The country is a favourite of mine but my mom as never been.  Liebling will join us for the first couple of days and then we will be left to do some serious mother-daughter bonding.

Edinburgh, Scotland (May)- Right after Italy I’m running the Edinburgh Half Marathon with dear friends and fellow bloggers Fned and Kyle Hepp! Liebling and Fned’s hubby are running the full marathon. Eek!

Copenhagen, Denmark (June)- Liebling and I are spend the weekend here in early June. At the beginning of the year I found dirt cheap tickets ($115 USD for round trip flights between London and Copenhagen). Obviously I booked them immediately.

Amsterdam, Netherlands (June)- Liebling used to live here so will show me all his favourite spots in the city over a weekend.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (June)- I’ll be joining a few other bloggers and journalists on this three day trip organized by the Luxembourg Tourism Board. I know nothing about Luxembourg except that it has great nightlife.

Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro (July)- I’ve gone sailing in Croatia, but haven’t been to Bosnia or Montenegro. Liebling and I are going to explore the region for 8 days in July.

 

Have you been to any of these places? Do you have any upcoming travel plans?

 

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Rubella May 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Ok, I’ve been following your blog for sometime now and after all of this time reading THIS post made me a bit jealous lol All of these places sound amazing, especially Amalfi Coast since I just mentioned that to a friend the other day. I hope you have safe travels as always and a damn good time! Can’t wait for the pics :)
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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Amalfi is GORGEOUS, Liebling and I went a few years ago and I just knew that I had to bring my mother there on her trip to Italy!

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Kimvan May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Girl get it. I am proud of you and know just how exhilarating travelling is.I’ve got the bug too lol. I am gonna visit several cities in Europe over a month this summer and looking at Guam for a few days in fall and somewhere for December. Enjoy.

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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Ooh, Guam seems so exotic! Nice!

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Carminelitta May 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

What a program! :)
I went to Berlin and Rome (even if only for one day), and loved both places. I really want to go back to Rome and explore other areas of Italy. The Amalfi Coast is definitely a place I want to see with my own eyes.
As for personal travel projects, I’m finally getting away after many months in Marseille. I’ll be off to NYC and Philly in 10 days and then Barcelona in July. I can’t wait!
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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Jealous of your NYC trip! I was hoping to go at some point this summer but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

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Andi May 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Have the most amazing adventures!!!!

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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks lady!

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Butterfly Jewel May 10, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Oh my gosh! You are so busy, and it’s awesome that it’s a busy in which you’re doing what you love and can do it with the one you love, too! Those pastries look so good. If I ever go to Lisbon, I’ll have to try some.
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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

They aren’t my fave pastry in the whole world but they are very tasty and filling! You must try them!

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Dr. Reginia May 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

Impressive calendar. I will be in Berlin next week to see Beyonce. It will be my first time there. I traveled to Rome this past December. I had a fantastic time and will go again during warmer weather. My next trip [after Berlin] is to Madrid, then Nova Scotia and who knows thereafter.
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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Beyonce was in London last week and I missed her, argh! Very cool that you are going to Nova Scotia! For work or pleasure?

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Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans May 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Wow – three days in Luxembourg?! I went years ago but don’t remember much. The country is so small and I was only there for a day. Apparently there must be lots to do if the tourist board has a 3-day trip planned. Looking forward to exploring Luxembourg more vicariously through your posts until I get a chance to return one of these days. Happy travels!
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Oneika May 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Yup, three days! Looking forward to digging a bit beneath the surface and finding out what there is to do! The few people I know who have gone there only went for a day as well!

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KiaJD May 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I’m heading to Copenhagen in July so I’m excited to read about your thoughts and experiences in advance of my trip. Please do share everything about Denmark!

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TammyOnTheMove May 17, 2013 at 6:55 am

Sounds amazing! Have fun on your little trips around Europe! Just been to Berlin and I absolutely loved it!
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maria May 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I’m glad that you have such opportunity to travel a lot. Thank God for that ! So, be happy.

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