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The birthplace of the Renaissance in one day? I’m going to be honest here…this premise is crazy. I had three weeks to savor Florence. It at least deserves an overnight. But hey, I did Venice in one day, which now seems laughable. So, maybe this is your only option. So, do it right! Here are some suggestions for Florence in a day. Tip #1: Narrow it Down to Two Major Tourist Sites… Read More

Yesterday we took the subway from our hotel on the Upper West Side to Brooklyn. From there, we walked through the brownstones and rowhouses in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, stopping to take pictures along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, with views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. Next it was time to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! Tip: Don’t walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn–you’ll miss all the great views. Start in Brooklyn… Read More

Leaving Central Park, we decided to continue our walking tour through Midtown Manhattan. Heading down 6th Avenue, we walked to Rockefeller Center and visited Radio City Music Hall, 30 Rock, and NBC’s Today show. After that, we headed down 5th Avenue, stopped at the New York Public Library, and then went east on 42nd Street to get to Times Square. After getting our fill of tacky tourist stuff, we headed up Broadway… Read More

Got into New York City and checked in to our hotel – Days Inn at 94th St. and Broadway. With only a 3-block walk to Central Park, that was our first tourist stop. Entering the park near 93rd St., we spent much of the afternoon wandering around. We walked past the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and stopped for some photos at Belvedere Castle. Continuing our walk through… Read More

Out last full day in London. The time has gone by so fast! Today didn’t really have a theme. It was an odd-ands-ends day full of random things we wanted to do. Namely, Greenwich, a River Thames boat ride, a Beatles Walking Tour, Westminster Abbey tour, and some shopping. In the morning we took the tube to Canary Wharf, changed to Docklands Light Railway (the Oyster card for the tube works on… Read More

The sun came out and it stopped raining! We returned to London from Windsor Castle and decided to make the most of it. We went back to some of the major tourists sites again and got some nice photos. Also, some photos of both me and mom–something that we had been neglecting to do! We took the tube from Paddington to our first stop: Earl’s Court tube station. Outside is a police… Read More

After getting settled into our comfortable and cozy hotel – the Luna Simone in Pimlico in central London, neither of us had jet lag. So we set off to explore the major tourists sites with our own walking tour of London. After a short tube ride, we exited at St. James’s Park and walked to Buckingham Palace.Then we walked through St. James’s Park to Trafalgar Square. After that, we walked down Whitehall,… Read More