Tag Archives: Europe
Noto to Self: Explore Sicily’s Baroque Cities

Solid. Multi-layered. Fantastic.

There are too many adjectives to describe the Baroque cities of Sicily’s Val di Noto to fit into one article (but we gave it our best shot!).

In an effort to recreate the grandeur of Sicily after a devastating earthquake, massive structures were constructed in what came to be known as Sicilian Baroque… CONTINUE READING >>

Our 8 Favorite Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic

We’re asked a lot about our favorite cities, and Prague is certainly right up there!

There’s a fairy tale-like quality to the city and, like all fairy tales worth their salt, there are myths, legends, and a good dose of creepy stuff to be found… CONTINUE READING >>

Prague’s Wonderful Astronomical Clock

Each hour a huge crowd gathers to watch this clock trot out its lively cast of characters – including death, avarice and… SEE ALL ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE CLOCK HERE >>

The Dark and the Light Side of Nuremberg, Germany
The dark and the light side of Nuremberg, GermanyMost of us know the name Nuremberg, because of the trials held after World War II.

We explored the dark and Nazi side of Nuremberg but, thankfully, discovered ourselves charmed by her light side first.

To understand why the city was so significant in recent history, we had to travel back centuries earlier to learn about Nuremberg’s place as one of the Holy Roman Empire’s most important cities… CONTINUE READING >>

Spring Done Right: Tip-Toeing Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Holland
Spring hath sprung!

And no one does Spring like Holland. Join your GypsyNesters in a romp through the largest garden in Europe – the Keukenhof Garden.

What started out as a kitchen garden sporting herbs and veggies had morphed into over six million bulbs exploding into a glorious riot.

And it’s only open for visitors eight weeks out of the year… CONTINUE READING >>

Making Stroopwafel in Holland!

Our new buddy in Holland teaches us all about making our favorite Dutch treat — delicious stroopwafels! See all of our adventures in Holland!

Sicilian Plate: Our Foodie Guide to Sicily
Buon appetito!

A highlight of any trip to Sicily is the food, but for those of us who grew up thinking Chef Boyardee represented Italian food, discovering real Italian cuisine can be quite an eye opening experience.

Eating our way through Sicily is a dirty job, but… CONTINUE READING >>

A Real Irish Pub Crawl (in Ireland, they just call ’em pubs)
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, your GypsyNesters take a look at some real Irish pubs, you know, the kind actually in Ireland—so we suppose that they’re simply called pubs.

We’re guessing none of these public houses would ever dare to ruin a perfectly good pint by turning it green… CONTINUE READING >>

We Ended Up in Jail in Heidelberg, Germany

How did we land ourselves in the pokey in one of Germany’s most charming towns? You’re going to have to read on to find out… CONTINUE READING >>

Seeking the Secrets of Siracusa, Sicily
Syracuse holds many secretslayers upon layers of history have seen to that.

Jutting out far into the ocean, Siracusa has been held close by the ancient Greeks and Romans, gathers beauty from her artists (and a guy who left a secret lizard behind!)…

So many secrets that it takes a god’s ear to hear them all… CONTINUE READING >>

Finding the Twerp in Antwerp, Belgium

We looked up the many definitions of “twerp” – including some seriously weird ones – trying to find how this fabulous city got its name.

Turns out the weirdest definition by far is the answer!

Join us in the land of severed hands, giants, odd stone lions, and incredible beer… CONTINUE READING >>

Doing Dublin in Double Time

We didn’t have a pot full o’ time to discover Dublin, we had but a day to discover her charms. 

But we made the most of this fair city – we learned how to pour a perfect pint at the Guinness Academy, stormed her castle, ate native food, made a daring escape, and took a peek at Molly Malone (where exactly was David looking?)… CONTINUE READING >>

Pouring the Perfect Pint of Guinness in Dublin!

Your GypsyNesters go to the Guinness Academy in Dublin to learn the ropes – don’t try this at home kids!.. See more of our adventures in Dublin!

Totally Taken with Taormina, Sicily

It’s the closest we’ve ever stayed to a smoking volcano!

Follow us as we explore Taormina – a shining village on a hill, a really big, steep hill with amazing sea views.

Breathtaking, and well worth the chance of getting covered in ash!.. CONTINUE READING >>

Our Top Instagram Photos of 2015! Happy 2016!

Wow – what a year! We’re so grateful for tons of travel, the release of Going Gypsy, new friends from all
over the world (that includes YOU!), and a spectacular wedding!

Our most liked photos on Instagram included our African photo safaris in Tanzania and South Africa, our river cruise through Holland and Belgium, and our bike tour in Sicily.

Cheers to 2016 everyone – let’s make it shine!

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Follow us on Instagram – don’t miss a single pic in 2016!

Tilting at Windmills in Kinderdijk, Holland
Nothing says Holland like windmills, and no place is more windmill laden (there are nineteen!) than the little town of Kinderdijk – so, of course, we had to investigate.

Join us as we learn how windmills work, listen to some (very) tall tales, and find out that people actually livedCONTINUE READING >>

Your GypsyNesters Take You Inside a Real Dutch Windmill!

Ever wonder what one looks like inside? People actually live in them!.. See more about Holland’s most windmill-laden town!

Whirling Around the Saltstraumen – the World’s Strongest Tidal Flow
There was a crazy power we felt when visiting the Saltstraumen – the noise of so much rushing water, the massive whirlpools, and the sheer beauty of the surroundings ran a dynamic current through our veins.

Incredibly, more than 100 billion gallons of water flows through the two-mile long by five-hundred-foot wide channel in about six hours, at speeds up to 25 miles an hour, forming the world’s strongest… CONTINUE READING >>

The World’s Strongest Tidal Flow – The Saltstraumen in Norway!

Wow! 30 foot whirlpools, crazy fast water – David shows you the world’s strongest maelstrom!.. See more about this wild place

Getting Small at the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin
We thought we knew all we needed to know about leprechauns.

As kids, we learned from the authoritative source of Lucky Charms commercials just how mischievous they could be.

We’d spent hours dreaming about how we’d spend that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow – should we be lucky enough to find it.

Turns out that we knew next to nothing… CONTINUE READING >>

Sicily, Italy by Bicycle – Part Two
Yeah baby!

We are having a blast here in Sicily – biking and eating, eating and biking.

Continue with us as we pedal through baroque cities built into hillsides, villages that depend on the sea, and orchards of olive trees.

And each place we land, we’re sampling regional food specialties… CONTINUE READING >> 

Cycling (and Eating) Our Way Through Sicily, Italy

Join your GypsyNesters as we cycle our way though the southern coastal villages of Italy!.. SEE MORE >>

Biking Our Way Through Sicily – Follow Along with Us!
We love riding our trusty steeds (GypsyNester parlance for bicycles) – we feel it’s the best way to see a new place at the perfect pace.

And we’re doing it in a part of Italy that we have never before visited!

Ride along with us as we pedal back in time on the Mediterranean island of Sicily… CONTINUE READING > >

Chocolate Factory Tour in Sicily, Italy!

Sicily is famous for her chocolate and we toured her oldest dolceria!.. SEE MORE >>

Norway’s Harbor, Bergen & Bryggen
Locals say, “There’s Norway, and then there’s Bergen” – and we quickly learned why.

Join your GypsyNesters as we tour this rich-with-unusual-history town on Norway’s harbor.

AND enter Bryggen – a city within the city… CONTINUE READING >> 

Blessed Blood, Beer, and Blind Donkeys in Bruges, Belgium
How could we NOT be charmed by Bruges?

Her beautiful old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All of the buildings — even businesses and private homes — can only be renovated according to strict rules that maintain the authenticity of the city, creating a wonderful time capsule… CONTINUE READING >> 

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