Casie Goes To Italy – Part 3

As wonderful as the hiking was we decided to take a break and explore Capri. Our group took a private boat to the island of Capri. It was a nice change looking at the islands from a new perspective instead of from above. We went through the Tunnel of Love, into town, visited the Blue Grotto and enjoyed the views of other little islands around.

Exploring the town was neat. We took a chairlift up to the top for a view overlooking the island (also easier than hiking). Capri is a more “high class” island when it comes to shopping so we didn’t do too much. Once again we had lunch with a breathtaking view.

After leaving Capri we ventured through more of the islands. Taking us to the Blue Grotto! It was one of my favourite parts of the trip but it was very short. They took us in little boats and do a quick tour (maybe 5 minutes). The cost for us was 14EUR per person.

Travel Tip: when they take you into the Blue Grotto they will ask if you want to go swimming then charge you more after you’re out so be careful.

 

Overall I can’t say enough good things about my experience with G Adventures and Local Living in the Amalfi Coast.  Italy is a breathtaking country and I’m so happy I was able to experience it this way.   I just want to say Thank you to G Adventures for the unforgettable week.

If Italy is on your bucket list, give me a shout at 306-955-1449 or casie@uniglobevacation.com.  I would LOVE to help you to plan your dream trip and share with you all of my insider tips and tricks.

Casie Goes to Italy – Part 2

I made it to the Amalfi Coast. It’s breathtaking! I’m not much for big cities so I was happy for a nice change. If you enjoy hiking this is the place for you. We’ve done three so far and they’ve all been challenging but worth every second especially the view at the top. My favorite hike was The Walk of the Gods. We started from the small town of Bomerano and ended in Positano. We explored Positano and had lunch with a beautiful view.

Another hike we did was Valle dei Mulini. On the way up we saw the view of Amalfi, old mills, waterfalls and more. At the top we were rewarded with a peaceful surrounding of trees and the most beautiful waterfall.

The most challenging hike we did was from Amalfi to Ravello. The elevation gain is 2858ft. There were lots and lots of steps upward on a paved pathway. At the time I was wondering why I agreed to this but once I was at the top I felt so accomplished.

As challenging as they are, I would prefer doing hikes rather than taking transfers to the destinations. The smells of fresh flowers and lemons mixed with the views along the way are irreplaceable. Plus picture taking is much easier when you’re standing still verse in a moving vehicle.

 

Travel tip: if you have bad knees or ankles and can’t do stairs the hikes in this area may be difficult for you and are not highly recommended as there are many steps.

 

We are staying at a local farm which is a super neat experience. Its ran by a family which makes you feel very welcomed! They have done a couple food demonstrations for us. One being lasagna and the other was Tiramisu. It’s crazy how much work they put into making fresh pasta. All the food they have cooked us has been wonderful!

Casie Goes To Italy – Part 1

Hey guys! I just landed in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. The first thing I did after checking into my hotel of course was to go eat pizza! It was amazing – thin crust and so cheesy. There are pizza places everywhere! I’m in heaven.

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The next day we walked around touring Naples in the old and new part. It’s amazing the difference in the communities; they’re divided by one street which is called Spaccanapoli which means “Naples splitter”. Old Naples is more touristy with local shops for souvenirs. You see cornicello everywhere which look like red peppers. It’s said that if you give one to someone it will bring them good luck.

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There is also Naples Underground to visit. They offer self or guided tours. Unfortunately we were too impatient to wait for the next guided tour so we did it on our own. I would definitely recommend doing a guided tour. We didn’t get all the history facts. New Naples is more designer name shops. They have a couple tables with souvenirs but not as many. I personally liked old Naples better because it gave more of a local vibe. In both neighborhoods the street food smells amazing! Treats everywhere!  You definitely will not starve in Naples.

Where do pepperonis go on a holiday?
The leaning tower of ‘pizza of course.

Until next time!

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Colleen’s RIU Palace Mexico – Part 2

Our hotel is in the Playacar area that is about 30 mins from Cancun. We have stayed in this area before and we always love it. It is more like staying in a nice neighbourhood instead of being off the main highway. When we walk out of our hotel it’s like walking on a street at home. Every night we are able to go for a walk. There are always a lot of people out and about and there is a small shopping plaza about 2 minute walk from our hotel so you can pretty well get anything you need.

The best part about it is that you are just a 20 minute walk from Playa Del Carman so you can go into town whenever you like and to take a taxi back is 90 Pesos so about 6.00. There are also lots of bikes available if you prefer not to walk into town and a bike stand just as you enter Playa Del Carman. The area has lots of different hotels to choose from.  They also have a couple of golf courses in the area that we walk past everyday including the Hard Rock Golf Club. We love that we can leave our property without having to take a cab.

To see the full beauty of the RIU Palace Mexico check out my resort tour here https://youtu.be/Mjznc4ubGVQ.

Colleen’s RIU Palace Mexico – Part 1

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RIU Palace Mexico Beach

We have arrived in Cancun and we are staying at the RIU Palace Mexico in Playacar. This is a really great hotel and I love our room.

It is on a stunning white sand beach with enough palm trees for everyone. The best part is that there is free WiFi throughout the resort so you can bring your music with you everywhere.  No more sitting in the lobby to access the Internet! Because we are staying at the RIU Palace we are able to go to any of the other 6 RIU in Playacar so we have been visiting quite a few for drinks and to eat. You couldn’t ask for any more.

What To Do When Things Go Wrong – Correna’s Blog

For today’s blog I am going to tell you what not to do, based my experience today. So today is the end of my trip to the U.K. and as I packed up I decided to move my passport folder from the pocket of my carry-on to my travel purse for safe keeping. I received this travel purse from my sister this Christmas as I had bought her one before her trip to Greece. It is an anti theft purse with all kinds of security added features. Well, the purse is only as smart as the user as I found out today.

I had put my most important item on my body as I can’t travel anywhere without it. I had everything all ready to go with all the hooks and clasps done up and then I had to get my Oyster Card out of my bag and must have forgotten to redo a clasp. We boarded the tube from Sloan Station and to make a change at Victoria to Piccadilly square. The tube was packed and I never felt anyone move the zipper at all. We arrived at Piccadilly all proud of our selves as we made it and then BAM – I went to pull out my passport folder to pull out my rail ticket and I just about puked right there and then! Passport folder gone!!!!! We checked all my bags and it was nowhere to be found. There were police officers standing nearby so our little group of three headed over to let them know that my passport folder had been stolen. Now, I got a little upset at this point as they told me there wasn’t a lot that could be done as I didn’t witness the theft happen. By this time I was just about in tears. How was I going to get home? How would I get a new passport issued? Could I make it on my own to Trafalgar Square beings upset and alone? Well suck it up princess and get this looked after!  I called the hotel that we had just left and had them check everywhere but they found nothing. I spoke to our group leader who made arrangements for me to stay tonight at the Draycott, I will get back to them later. So I left Piccadilly Station to get back on that damn tube and my Oyster Card had cancelled for some reason. Now I start to cry and the ladies in the tube station were great. They let me through and radioed ahead to let them know at my stop to let me through there too. When I arrive at Canada House, the Canadian Embassy, they already knew I was on my way 🙂 they had tissues for me and told me that everything happens for a reason. I got inside with my passport photos which took me five different photo places before I found one that does Canadian passport sizes. I left Canada House around 5pm with a temporary passport in hand. This all started around 914am. You want to talk about a long stressful day!

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Now, onto the Draycott Hotel, they met me at the door, made sure I was alright, showed me to another beautiful room and then served me champagne. They have been outstanding and now if I have anyone traveling to London, be prepared to be sent to the Draycott lol.  Seriously it’s amazing, check it out here http://www.draycotthotel.com/  Also, thank you so much to Jamie and Heather who helped keep me sane and got be booked on a flight home for tomorrow morning. I can’t imagine why people would not use a travel agent! How would you be able to get this all done within a few hours and be on a plane home within 22 hours. I also contacted Manulife as soon as I knew what was going to happen and my agent there was very helpful. This is just another reason why to buy travel insurance. You may think nothing is going to happen but believe me it can!

Bonnie Scotland with Correna – Part 2

Wow what a whirl wind trip!  We just spent the night in Edinburgh and are packing up to jump on the train to London.  We have seen so much and traveled a lot of miles – yes, I said miles ☺.  Did you know that in Scotland they use the metric system for most measurements except for miles and weight?  I think I would fit right in as I pretty much do the same.

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Does this castle look familiar?  You probably know it as Winterfell Castle in Game of Thrones or from scenes of Monty Python And The Holy Grail!

Since I last posted we have been through most of the Highlands.  Internet is pretty limited up there so if you are looking to unplug this could be the country for you!  We visited castles, met the Duke of Argyll, walked on battlefields and had many stories told to us. I would highly recommend that you do have a guide when you decide to visit Scotland, unless you are a historian.  We were given multiple history lessons every day.  We found out that just about everything that we thought was Scottish is not. From kilts, bagpipes and shortbread they did not originate in Scotland, curling yes.  Did you know that the xray, ultrasound and penicillin did originate in Scotland though?

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Edinburgh

 

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