Summary of European Costs ?

Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam costs averaged $137/day for my 10 days there. $63/day for rooms (this includes my splurge night there), $40/day for food, $10/day for transportation and $17/day for entrance fees and tours and $7/day misc. expenses. Belgium My costs in Belgium were about $136/day for my 8 days there. This includes $32/day for rooms,

The Aeolian Islands, Italy

The Aeolian islands are a group of volcanic islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily. Two of them are active volcanos. The islands are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites and include; Lipari, Stromboli, Salina, Paranea, Vulcano, Filicudi, Alicidi and Basiluzzo. The picture below was taken from Paranea and the island in the distance

Pompei, Italy

Pompeii is another one of my favorite places, so I had been looking forward to this part of the trip for a while! I stayed one night in a hostel in Pompei and found out that the owner was an archeologist….so was really helpful with a map and more details than I would have gotten


Rome has always been one of my favorite places, but I had not been here for 20 years, so was so happy to be back. Hopefully, my next visit will not be so far away! The history in Rome is one of the most intriguing parts to me, but I also love the people, art,

Florence, Italy

I had only been in Florence briefly, several years ago, and was glad I decided to come back and spend a few days here. The view from the Micaelangelo Piazza was amazing…..even though it was cloudy both times I came here. There are usually musicians up here playing for tips, so is a great way

Bologna, Italy

Bologna has very ‘heavy’ architecture painted in umbers, siennas and oranges. The buildings were slightly grimy and they are lined with roofed walkways which made everything feel very ‘closed-in’ and old, although it was nice to have shade under the roofed walkways. For me, this city was more about the amazing, fresh pasta! The city

Cinque Terre, Italy

Someone I know recommend Corniglia and I was lucky to get a room there are the last minute. Someone must have cancelled. It was pricey, but well worth it! This was the view from the balcony. The low wall on the left side by the water one is the train station. The town above is

Genoa, Italy

Genoa is a multi-cultural port town between the mountains and the sea. Much of the touristy area is in dark narrow alleys that definitely show some age. The highlight of Genoa was the pasta with pesto. I have had this several times in the states and was not really a big fan of it….but here