Bergen & Fjord Country, Norway: Video Moments

Recapping our Norway trip has made me miss the peacefulness of the country. While we only had four days to soak it in (and we got soaked...), it made a lasting impact on us. Our souls always feel refreshed when we are removed from the hustle and bustle of city life and pushed into nature. Bergen offered us some charming streets to wander and get our first taste of Norwegian culture and adventuring into fjord country gave us that bit of nature I'm going on about here. It was the highlight of the trip—being able to take a boat right around such beautiful scenery and then again get to see even more up close with a kayaking trip. The weather wasn't the best we could have asked for (even the locals were complaining) but we made the most of our time and hope to return back sometime soon (with some sun!).

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Four Days In Norway: Fjord Country

When one thinks of Norway, one thinks of fjords, and the area just north of Bergen is one of most accessible places to experience these natural wonders. Part of the allure is the convenience of the popular Norway in a Nutshell (NiaN) self-guided tour, a package of rail, bus, and ferry trips that sweeps visitors from Bergen or Oslo through fjord country. Some people do the loop from Bergen in one day, but that seemed rushed, so we completed the loop over two days.

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Four Days In Norway: Bergen

What better way to spend the long summer days of late June than on the rocky and fjord-dotted west coast of Norway? We were lucky enough, in this case, to spend the four-day weekend with Britt’s sister, who joined us after attending a wedding in Sweden. We were not lucky, however, with the weather. Bergen is often cited as the rainiest city in Europe, and while we were mentally prepared for that, the weekend was even rainier than expected, as noted by the apologetic border patrol officer that stamped our passports on our way out. Oh well! We stayed in Bergen at Ole Bull Hotel & Apartments (mediocre, but relatively affordable rooms in the center of the city) on nights 1 and 3 and took the famous Norway in a Nutshell trip over the middle two days, staying overnight on night 2 in Flåm.

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Murano & Burano, Italy: Video Moments

Last up on our Venice trip is our Murano and Burano Video Moments. These two islands were an absolute highlight of our trip. Their colorful homes, small canals, unique bridges, and artistry truly pulls you in. Murano and Burano are an easy trip from Venice making it no brainer to visit (a mistake we made on our first trip to Italy in 2013). We loved getting lost wandering around and discovering new nooks and crannies. I'm a bit at a loss of words to how to describe how beautiful these little islands were so you will just have to take my word for it and watch the video yourself!

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Venice, Italy (feat. The 57th Biennale di Venezia): Video Moments

Back in June we took a four-day weekend to head back to Venice, Italy. On our first trip to Venice in 2013, we were unsure of the city and a bit run down from our whirlwind of a trip. Since then, we always knew we needed to return to give it a second chance and this summer we finally went for it. I think it's safe to say we full in love quickly and didn't want to leave this time around. From wandering along the side canals to checking out the Peggy Guggenheim Collectio and enjoying the 57th Biennale di Venezi, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We can't stop scheming up ways to return to the wonderfully unique city. I can only hope a visit happens again soon!

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Four Days In Venice, Italy

We visited Venice at the end of our whirlwind first trip to Europe together in 2013 (read here). We were exhausted by that point in our trip and we were coming off the high from visiting Cinque Terre, which still today ranks as one of our favorite places on Earth. Suffice it to say, we weren’t in the best mindset to enjoy the city. We’ve always thought back to that and wondered how we’d feel if we gave it a second, more proper chance. When we were trying to think of what to do with a four-day weekend we had left over after planning all of our other trips for the year, Venice floated to the top of our list of choices and we knew we couldn’t give up the chance! This time around we stayed in an Airbnb on Rio di San Boldo in the Santa Croce district.

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The Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland: Video Moments

As we have said during our recaps of our trip to the Swiss Alps, we spent the first few days of our trip in Lucerne. After that, it was time to head up and into the mountains! We based ourselves in Murren, a quaint town sitting high above the valley. From there we were able to hike in all directions taking in the spring meadows of wildflowers and the snowcapped mountains overlooking us.

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Lucerne, Switzerland: Video Moments

All this week we have been recapping our recent trip to The Swiss Alps. It is one of those places that hurts a little to remember because you just so badly want to be there still. We truly fell in love with it all from city wandering in Lucerne to hiking up in the mountains by Murren. Switzerland is a beautiful place to escape to nature—it does some seriously good for the soul, plus...

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The Swiss Alps: The Lauterbrunnen Valley & Spiez, Switzerland

The train from Lucerne to Interlaken runs on a scenic path known as the GoldenPass route. We booked special tickets to reserve seats in one of the train’s panoramic cars which were nice but certainly not necessary to appreciate the views along the way. From Interlaken, we took a train to Lauterbrunnen, cable car to Grütschalp, and finally another [very scenic] train to Mürren.

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The Swiss Alps: Lucerne, Switzerland

A lake, a river, snowcapped mountains, beautiful bridges, an attractive old town, and city walls on a hill from which to appreciate it all. There aren’t many cities in Europe that offer all of the above in one place, but Lucerne (or Luzern in German) is maybe the best example. Conveniently located in the center of Switzerland and on the edge of the Alps, Lucerne is a well-known tourist spot and for good reason.

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Paris & Versailles, France: Video Moments

Our latest trip took us to Paris & Versailles. We had never seen Paris so lush and in bloom so being there in the Spring walking around felt extra magical this time around. It was a beautiful weekend (minus some random downpours) and we fell even further in love with the city. It's funny to go from such a neutral feeling from our first ever visit to an obsession now after our numerous trips.

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