Quick Take: Matera

We visited Matera on our road trip through south Italy in 2014. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2014
Days in Matera: 3
Travelled to Matera by: Car from Lecce
Stayed at:
Hotel San Giorgio Matera Albergo Diffuso nei Sassi

Favourite site:
Sassi (the caves)
Favourite restaurant: Ristorante Baccanti
Favourite Squares: Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Tours: None. We spent the time were were here just walking around.

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Quick Take: Lecce

We visited Lecce on our South Italy Road Trip in 2014. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2014
Days in Lecce: 3
Travelled to Lecce by: Car from Bari
Stayed at:
Palazzo Rollo

Favourite site:
Roman Ampitheatre.
Favourite restaurants: Trattoria Nonna Tetti where we first had fave e cicoria
Favourite Squares: Piazza del Duomo.
Must See:
Roman Ampitheatre, Triumphal Arch, Lecce Cathedral, the obelisk, Church of Santa Croce.
Day trips: Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo.

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Quick Take: Montreal

We visited Montreal in the summer of 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: July, 2016
Days in Montreal: 2+
Traveled to Montreal by: Car from home
Stayed at:
Air bnb though I’d recommend staying closer to Old Montreal.

Favourite site:
Old Montreal
Favourite restaurants: La Maison du Magret and St Viateur Bagel
Favourite Squares: Place d’Armes
Tours: Guided Siteseeing Boat Cruise
Must Do:
See the top of Mount Royal, walk across St Catherine, stroll through Old Montreal including visiting Place Jacques Cartier, St Paul Street, Montreal City Hall, Bonsecours Market and, of course, the Notre Dame.
If you have time: Take a boat trip along St Lawrence River. Try both of the famous bagel shops (St Viateur and Fairmount).
Day trips: None.

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Quick Take: Barcelona

We visited Barcelona on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2016
Days in Barcelona: 4
Travelled to Barcelona by: Plane from Amsterdam
Stayed at:
NH Barcelona Centro

Favourite site:
La Boqueria Market and the Sagrada Familia
Favourite restaurants: La Rita and Sagardi
Favourite Squares: Placa de Catalunya
Tours: Hop on, hop off bus
Must Do:
Visit the Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and La Boqueria Market. We loved the hop on, hop off bus because we got to see so much of the city we wouldn’t have otherwise known about or made time for.
If you have time: Spend a day on the beach but beware of a ton of people selling things.
Day trips: None.

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Quick Take: Amsterdam

We visited Amsterdam on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2016
Days in Amsterdam: 5
Travelled to Amsterdam by: Plane from home.
Stayed at:
 Hotel Sebastian’s

Favourite site:
The canals!
Favourite restaurants: Cafe de Klos, Moeders, Cafe Winkel (for apple pie) and Haringhandel Jonk (for lunch on the go).
Favourite Squares: Dam Square.
Tours: Those Dam Boat Guys canal tour. Heineken Experience VIP Tour.
Must Do:
Rent a bike to see the city. Visit the Van Gough Museum and Amsterdam sign. Walk through the Red Light District. Visit the shopping street – Kalverstraat.
If you have time: Check out Rijksmuseum.Walk through the flower market, Bloemenmarkt.
Day trips: Keukenhof
Tip: If you want to visit the Anne Frank Museum book your tickets online far in advance.

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Quick Take: Nice, France

We visited Nice on a family Eurotrip in 2014. Here is the quick take!

Visited: October, 2014
Days in Nice: 4
Travelled to Nice by: Plane from Rome
Stayed at:
Ajoupa Apart’hotel

Favourite site:
Old Nice.
Favourite restaurants: Boccaccio, Lou Pilha Leva
Favourite Area: Walking the old Nice, the promenade and pedestrian areas.
Tours: None.
Must Do:
Stroll or ride a bike. The city is beautiful and easy to see.
If you have time: Spend a day on the beach.
Day trips: Monaco and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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Quick Take: Amalfi Coast

We visited the Amalfi Coast on our honeymoon in 2012. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2012
Days in Amalfi Coast: 5
Travelled to Amalfi Coast by: Car ride
Stayed in: Praiano
Stayed at:
 Hotel Margherita

Favourite site:
 View from the top of the hill in Positano.
Favourite restaurants: Buca di Bacco Restaurant and M’ama in the Hotel Margherita.
Must Do: 
Try limoncello and lemon ice. Take a boat ride.
If you have time: Spend a day or two on the beach.
Tip: We went in May and it was still pretty rainy (especially at night) so we didn’t get a chance to eat out most nights. The hotel restaurant was really lovely, though.

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Quick Take: Florence

We visited Florence on our one year wedding anniversary in 2013. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2013
Days in Florence: 4
Travelled to Florence by: Train
Stayed at:
 Hotel Duomo

Favourite site:
 Galleria dell’Accademia to see the David
Favourite restaurant: Osteria Cipolla Rossa
Favourite Piazzas: Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Signoria
Tours: Florence in a Day with Walks of Italy
Must Do:
 Visit the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia. Take photos on the bridges (Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Carraia) during sunset. Climb up to the Rose Garden and snaps some great arial views of the city.
If you have time: Stroll through the Boboli and Giardino Gardens.
For a great, central view: Enjoy your aperativo at La Terrazza, the restaurant the top floor of la Rinascente department store.
Day trips: Siena

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Quick Take: Paris

We visited Paris on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2015. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2015
Days in Paris: 3
Travelled to Paris by: Plane
Stayed at:
 Hotel Longchamp Elysées

Favourite site:
 Eiffel Tower
Favourite restaurant: Jamin
Tours: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles, Paris City Tour, Seine Cruise, and the Eiffel Tower skip-the-line with PARISCityVISION
Must Do:
Take walks! So much of Paris is so beautiful. Take your time and take it all in!
If you have time: Take a Seine cruise. Such a different and fun way to see the city!
For a great view: Make your way up the Eiffel Tower.
Day trips: Versailles

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