10 Essentials To Make Travel Easier #TravelTuesday — Simply Marquessa

I always travel with these 10 items. From personal experience, they have always made my trip run more smoothly. Sealable freezer-type bags, large and small: I place my “leakables” like sunscreen to avoid ruining my clothes (this happened once and I was not a happy camper). I also use smaller bags to organize cosmetics and […] … Continue reading 10 Essentials To Make Travel Easier #TravelTuesday — Simply Marquessa

Lovely Lisbon highlights

At the request of a friend, and because we are considering a visit, I have been researching Portugal online, and also asking around among my friends. Shout out of special thanks to Mary Beth and Vito Morabito for their detailed and extremely helpful email.   It turns out lots of folks have visited within the … Continue reading Lovely Lisbon highlights

Places and Sights in Stockholm part 2: Gamla Stan, Royal Palace, City Hall, and Vasa Museum

      Gamla Stan is the "old town" section of Stockholm.  It was a short walk over a bridge from our hotel (Hilton), and we went there every night for dinner and a stroll.  There were tons of cute restaurants and shops, heavy on the charm. Lots of cobblestone streets. In the center of … Continue reading Places and Sights in Stockholm part 2: Gamla Stan, Royal Palace, City Hall, and Vasa Museum

Places and sights we enjoyed in Sunny Stockholm part 1: Medieval Museum, Royal Armory, Skansen, Nordic Museum, Prince Eugens waldemarsudde, Canal cruise and Gamla Stan

  On our first day, we explored the city a bit before checking in to our hotel.  One place we visited was the Medieval Museum (Medeltidsmuseet). This is located next to the parliament building, right at the edge of the water.  Interestingly, this site was supposed to be a parking garage for the Parliament, but … Continue reading Places and sights we enjoyed in Sunny Stockholm part 1: Medieval Museum, Royal Armory, Skansen, Nordic Museum, Prince Eugens waldemarsudde, Canal cruise and Gamla Stan

What to look forward to eating and drinking in Portugal!

      One of my favorite things to do is plan for a new trip.  Even if it turns out we don't take it!  When a NJ friend asked me about Portugal, it got me to thinking that maybe we need to go there too! So I downloaded a bunch of podcasts:  Rick Steves, … Continue reading What to look forward to eating and drinking in Portugal!

A summer day on the Stockholm Archipelago -Fun in the sun on Sandhamn

On one particularly nice day of our June visit to Stockholm, we decided to set out into the Archipelago.  Stockholm itself consists of many islands, but from there, some 30,000 islands extend about 80 miles out into the Baltic Sea.  There are two main boat lines which will get you out to the islands of … Continue reading A summer day on the Stockholm Archipelago -Fun in the sun on Sandhamn

Eating (and drinking) our way around Stockholm

    One of my favorite things to do when travelling is to sample the local dishes.   We had a lot of fun sampling all sorts of new foods when we visited Stockholm last June.  We tried many adorable little restaurants in Gamla Stan (old town) and also along the canals.  We used tripadvisor and our … Continue reading Eating (and drinking) our way around Stockholm

My favorite things to do in and around beautiful Barcelona

I was fortunate enough to visit Barcelona for a second time this past February and it really has so much to offer.  I was there a full week and didn't have a day without sights to see. Here I am pictured on the Ramblas.  I am holding on to my lightly packed bag because everyone … Continue reading My favorite things to do in and around beautiful Barcelona