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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in RTW, Travel Info

2012 Summary

2012 Chrystal Collage

2012 has been an extremely fun year for me. I travelled 4 continents and 14 countries. So I figured I would give you a summary type post about my entire year filled with my a dazzling photo of moi (har har) along with a Post line-up for each country I visited. Here we go.

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Budget, Europe, Italy, Travel Info

Budget – Northern Italy

Oh Italy. You lure me in with your ancient ruins, your seductive language, and your mouth-watering food. I come to you like like a child to a lollypop. But then you hit me on the head with said lollypop (or maybe a pizza?) because you are SO expensive. Although I think I faired decently at $71/day on average with much travelling – it still made my wallet cry as I enjoyed that gelato and pasta! So how did I spend these $71 per day?

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Europe, Italy

The Islands of Lace and Glass

The Islands of Lace and Glass – I am speaking of none other than Burano and Murano. The two islands North of Venice. The cities are both distinctively beautiful with their signature traditions of both lace making and glass blowing. But I didn’t see either of those activities while I was there – what kept me entertained?

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Europe, Italy

Getting Lost in Venice

Getting lost in Venice is the only way to see Venice. At least I think so. The main square – San Marco’s is packed with tourists and so is the waterfront near the square. The tourists come off cruise ships in hoards and people come for two days – they may not have a lot of time, so they don’t explore much – but this is 100% to my advantage. It was easy to leave these streets and Get Lost in Venice.

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Europe, Italy

The Rewards of Walking the Cinque Terre

I hiked the Cinque Terre. Yes I did. Ok, not all of it – one pathway is impassable due to a landslide in 2011, but I walked as much as I could. I climbed up a plethora of stairs, rocks, and all for what? All to see the 5 stunning villages of the Cinque Terre; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore!

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Europe, Italy, Photo Diary, Photos

Photo Diary: The #2 Vaporetto in Venice

One of the easiest and more affordable ways to see Venice is via Vaporetto – or water taxis. The #2 is a Grand Tour of Venice hitting up the Grand Canel and the Canel of Guidecca. Here is what you’ll experience via the 17 stops of Vaporette #2. All for the reasonable price of 6.50€ (or 18€ for unlimited rides in 72 hours!)

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Europe, Italy

Duomo Duomo Duom-OH!

I’ve been excited to visit the Duomo is Milan since I first saw a photo of it while doing a project on Milan in Grade 4. Being a lover of churches, I love their open interiors, their high vaulted ceilings, their grandiose. The Duomo is a cream-of-the-crop church. Needless to say I was expecting stars. I walked inside and went hmmm…?. I was worried! Had I churched myself out? Could it be? Had I finally seen it all? Not even close.

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Europe, Italy

A Night in Milan: Ruins, Wine, and a Good Time!


I flew into Milan, Italy. It was my first stop after Morocco. I’ve been to Italy before. But only on a 2 week guided tour bus that visited BOTH Italy and Greece. 2 weeks doesn’t do any country justice. Especially not two powerhouse countries such as Italy and Greece. I arrived and found my hostel – Zebra Hostel – and met my bunkmates – 4 Canadians, 5 Brits, and 2 Americans. Our first night in town was filled with what I expected Italy to be: Ruins and Wine.

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