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  • Home 

    June 13, 2010, 21:29

    Welcome!    Hi, my on-line name is Trekcapri but my real name is Kathy and I created this website as a personal hobby and a way to journal my travel…

    • About Me 

      February 15, 2010, 18:43

      I knew at a very early age that I was destined to travel when I told my kindergarten teacher that I wanted to fly to the moon!  These days I still want to…

    • My Travel Thoughts 

      July 3, 2010, 16:35

      My Thoughts On Travel  Many travel guides, and experts preach "go off the beaten path" - immerse yourself in the places that you visit!  Yes it's a…

    • My Future Travel Plans 

      July 3, 2010, 16:38

      Here's a few places that are on my short list (In no particular order) NEW PLACES Portugal, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Africa, Eastern Europe (Budapest,…

    • Places I’ve Visited 

      March 6, 2011, 03:40

      AUSTRIA Hallstat - 2006          Salzburg - 1993*, 2006* Innsbruck - 1993* St. Gilgen - 2006 Mondesee - 2006 Vienna - 1993* …

    • Travel Thoughts Photo Gallery 

      August 29, 2010, 17:24

       

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  • Travel Stories 

    June 15, 2010, 02:31

    Since 2005, I have been traveling each year to some place new and some place familiar.  I have written both formal and informal (blog) reports for each trip…

    • 2005-My Grand European Adeventure 

      July 19, 2010, 14:19

      After 12 long years, I finally returned to Europe - May 3-27, 2005.  I wrote this site as a photo journal of my grand adventure.  It's also a way to…

      • London, England - Arrival 

        July 19, 2010, 14:19

        Depart USA Overnight Flight from LAX to London Bristish Airways LAX - LHR (Non-Stop) Estimated Travel Time: 9 hours 50 minutes "LEAVING…

      • London, England - Day 2 

        July 19, 2010, 14:19

          London Day 2-3:  At Leisure St. Paul's Cathedral Millennium Bridge Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey Buckingham Palace (Changing of…

      • London to Paris 

        July 19, 2010, 14:20

        Day 4, London to Paris Leave London in the early morning and head to the Channel port. Board Ferry for the Continent - Pass White Cliffs of Dover…

      • Paris - Day 2 

        July 19, 2010, 14:22

         Day 5 - Paris Full Day Notre Dame with Local City Guide Bus Views with Local City Guide:  Eiffel Tower (10 minute Photo opp stop) La…

      • Paris to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland 

        July 19, 2010, 14:23

        Day 6 - Paris to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland  Leave Paris Cross the Border into Switzerland Hotel is in Fluelen            Is this…

      • Lucerne, Switzerland - Day 2 

        July 18, 2010, 17:00

        Day 7 - Lucerne Covered Wooden Bridge Ornate Patrician houses Lion Monument - a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis…

      • Lugano, Switzerland  

        July 19, 2010, 14:24

          Day 8 - Lugano, Switzerland   We stop in Lugano, Switzerland on the way to Venice, Italy Our last chance to use our left over Swiss francs  Am…

      • Verano, Italy  

        July 19, 2010, 14:25

          Day 8 - Verano, Italy We continue on from Lugano and cross border into Italy We stop at a typical Auto Grill Verano, Italy to see the famous…

      • Venice, Italy 

        July 19, 2010, 14:26

        Day 9 - Venice, Italy We arrive at our Hotel which is located outside of Venice.  Our TD arranges dinner for us with the hotel.      The…

      • Pisa and Florence 

        July 19, 2010, 14:26

        Day 10 - Pisa and Florence, Italy We leave Venice and head to Florence Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles. We arrive in…

      • Florence to Rome 

        July 19, 2010, 14:27

        Day 11 - Florence to Rome Duomo Views of "Fake David" Ponte Vecchio Shopping for Gold While You Were Sleeping   Like in…

      • Rome Day 1 

        July 19, 2010, 14:27

        Day 13 - Rome Collesium St. Peter's Basilica Touching History   Today is the final day of our group tour and it will be very busy!  We…

      • Rome Day 2 

        July 19, 2010, 14:27

        Day 12 - Rome, Italy Included sightseeing with local guide Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum No Time For Good-Byes   We finally arrive in…

      • Rome to Siena 

        July 19, 2010, 14:28

        Day 14 - Rome to Siena Head from Rome to Siena Tuscany (by Train) Hotel Cannon d'Oro  IL Campo It's A Beautiful World   Today, we…

      • Siena 

        July 19, 2010, 14:28

        Day 15 - Siena   Climb up IL Mangie Tower Visit Duomo Visit St. Catherine's Church Attend a Benefit Classical Concert   "It's Classic"  Toda…

      • San Gimignano 

        July 19, 2010, 14:29

        Day 16 - San Gimignano Take the bus to San G. Torre Grossa "Italian Manhattan"  We take the bus to go to the small town of San G.  It’s…

      • Chianti Loop 

        July 19, 2010, 14:30

        Day 17 - Chianti Loop Castellina in Chianti Agriturismo (Italian Farm/Villas/Hotel)  It's a SMART Idea     I wake up in the morning…

      • Siena to Cinque Terre 

        July 19, 2010, 14:30

        Day 18 - Siena to Cinque Terre    You Take My Breath Away Today, we left the wonderful city of Siena and head east towards the Coastal Community of…

      • Hiking the Cinque Terre Day 1 

        July 19, 2010, 14:31

        Day 19 - Hiking Day One - Vernazza to Monterosso Hiking Amore   For the next couple of days we will hike the trails of CT.  On the first day, we…

      • Hiking the Cinque Terre Day 2 

        July 19, 2010, 14:50

        Day 20 - Cinque Terre Hiking Day 2 "The Cool Waters of the Mediterranean" Today, we wake up pretty early and start our hike to avoid the heat of the day…

      • Rome 

        July 19, 2010, 15:14

        Day 21-23 - Rome   "Roman Holiday" For the next three days, we will visit some of the sights that we did not see on our last day of our Group…

      • Pompeii 

        July 19, 2010, 15:35

        Day 24 - Pompeii     "Old Meets New"   We struggled with the decision on whether to spend our last day in Rome traveling for hours to see…

      • Time to Say Good-Bye 

        July 19, 2010, 15:47

        Today, we wake up at 4:00 a.m. Our taxi will pick us up at 5:00 a.m. to head to Fiumicino Airport where we will catch a British Airways Flight at 10:57.  We…

    • 2006-Prague, Salzburg, Munich 

      July 19, 2010, 22:15

       For 2006, the original plan was to go to Peru to hike the ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu.  Unfortunately, my friends informed me…

    • 2007-Venice Re-Discovered 

      July 19, 2010, 21:44

      In November 2007, I decided to take my traveling down a notch and spend two wonderful weeks in Venice, Italy.  I had been to Venice twice before but…

      • 2007 - Venice Re-Discovered 

        March 27, 2011, 14:28

        In November of 2007, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Venice, Italy for two wonderful weeks .  Although this was my third visit here,…

      • Other Highlights – Secrete Itinerary Tour 

        March 22, 2011, 01:18

        During my two weeks stay, there were so many highlights.  Well, being "in" Venice is itself a highlight, but here are more that I found added to my overall…

    • 2008-My Spanish Adventure 

      July 6, 2010, 19:42

      Diverse, World Famous Art Museums, Vibrant Nightlife, Flamenco Rhythms, Moorish Influences, Tapas Bars (I can't wait to try this!), Zest for Living,…

      • TRIP PLANNNIG 

        July 19, 2010, 18:48

        Diverse, World Famous Art Museums, Vibrant Nightlife, Flamenco Rhythms, Moorish Influences, Tapas Bars (I can't wait to try this!), Zest for Living, Spanish…

    • 2009 Scotland 

      July 5, 2010, 17:59

      In 2009, I traveled to Scotland.  One of my highligts was visiting the Highlands where I was able to drive the famous "Road to the Isles" as…

      • Trip Planning 

        July 6, 2010, 17:44

        Welcome to my Trekcapri Discovers Scotland trip planning page.  Here you will read brief notes as I started to shape my itinerary for my trip.  I…

    • 2010 Amsterdam, Brugges, Berlin 

      July 30, 2010, 13:43

        In 2008, a good co-worker friend encouraged me to travel to the Netherlands.   She said that it is an amazingly beautiful country and that I would really…

      • Blog Posts  

        July 30, 2010, 13:44

          On this page, you will find all of my Blog Posts related to my trip plans for 2010.

      • Trip Planning 

        August 3, 2010, 00:27

        On this page I will keep track of my trip planning notes and list all of my resources and everything that I'm learning along the way as I plan Trekcapri's 2010…

      • Google Map 

        August 5, 2010, 12:23

          Trip Itinerary:  Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bruges (Belgium), Berlin (Germany) View Trip 2010 Amsterdam, Belgium,…

    • 2011 Amalfi Coast Adventures 

      September 20, 2011, 01:04

      I haven't been back to Italy since 2007 when I visited Venice for two whole weeks. It's been great traveling to places I've never been to like Spain, Czech…

      • 2011 Amalfi Coast Trip Planning 

        September 20, 2011, 12:44

        I read an apartment review by fellow Slow Traveler, Mimi, describing this part of Southern Italy south of Sorrento as "old world." I love that description.…

    • 2012 South America Adventures 

      June 10, 2013, 15:35

      This year I decided to travel to South America for the very first time.  This is a huge step for me because I have become very comfortable traveling to…

    • 2013 Peruvian Adventures 

      June 10, 2013, 23:27

      This year, I've decided to fulfill a long awaited dream to see the Majestic Machu Picchu in Peru.  I am so excited to be able to see this amazing place. A…

      • TRIP PLANNING 

        June 10, 2013, 23:40

          View Trekcapri's 2013 Peru Travel Adventures in a larger map I'll be flying in and out of the town of Cuzco.  Upon arrival I will be met by a driver…

    • 2014 Camino de Santiago 

      January 24, 2013, 14:40

      “You don't choose a life Dad, you live one.” ~ Emilio Estevez from the Movie The Way The path to my next “journey” in life is now very clear.…

  • Travel Tips 

    June 13, 2010, 22:17

      Since 2005 I have been taking notes on everything that I have learned while traveling independently in Europe.  I have done 4 solo independent…

    • Blog Posts About Travel Tips 

      July 13, 2010, 13:11

      This page will contain general Blog Articles I have written which provides important Travel Tips, mostly from Lessons Learned based upon my experiences and…

    • Blogging, Journaling & Writing 

      August 5, 2010, 12:13

        "Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys: the outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you're seeing,…

    • Coping with Long Hauls and Waits  

      June 14, 2010, 17:43

      As a person passionate about travel it only makes sense that i need help when faced with the prospect of having to stay put for long periods of time.  This…

    • Electricity, Plug Adapters, Phone 

      June 14, 2010, 21:51

      The electrical voltage and wall sockets differs throughout the world.  For example in most countries in Europe, they use 220 volts at 50 Hertz, rather than…

    • High Tech Gadgets 

      June 21, 2010, 02:39

        In the last 4-5 years, there has been an explosion in new Technology (to include Digital photography/video taking Cameras), which has dramatically…

      • Digital Still and Video Cameras 

        July 11, 2010, 01:31

        NIKON D50 DSLR (WITH 18-200 MM VR NIKKOR LENS Gone are the days when you would have to carry 30 rolls of film for your camera. And gone are…

      • Laptop 

        July 15, 2010, 02:18

        For the last two trips (Spain 2008 and Scotland 2009) I have traveled with my very compact Sony Vaio Laptop. Although it is much smaller and lighter it has…

      • I-Touch/I-Phone/IPad 

        July 25, 2010, 00:09

        Since 2007, I have traveled using my Apple iTouch. It's kind of like the Swiss Army Knife of High Tech Gadgets and I absolutely love it!  It is similar to…

        • Applications 

          July 17, 2010, 13:34

          AIRSHARING AirSharing:    AirSharing is an application that can be used to transfer travel notes, maps and photos that you have…

        • Features 

          July 25, 2010, 01:22

          There are several built in features on the iTouch that I find very useful for practical purposes and I'll discuss them here: ALARM CLOCK (AND…

    • Jet Lag-How to cope & minimize it! 

      June 14, 2010, 00:49

      There are several tips on what you can do to reduce Jet Lag after your Long Flight.   - If you are taking a group tour, if your schedule permits, try to…

    • Laundry 

      August 2, 2010, 02:47

      When traveling for more than a week, you're going to have to do some laundry.  There are some things that you can wash in a sink as they are light and easy to…

    • Language 

      June 21, 2010, 20:48

      I would highly recommend that you pick up a guide book and try to learn some key phrases for the countries you will be visiting and spending more time in.…

    • Photography & Video 

      July 6, 2010, 04:15

      STILL PHOTOGRAPHS VS VIDEO Only video subjects and events that have sound to them!  For example, try not to video tape a stationery subject.  O…

    • Money Matters 

      June 21, 2010, 21:19

      Years ago when traveling I always took Traveler's checks to pay for my expenses.  Today, the ATM Debit card is used worldwide and travelers checks are a thing…

    • Packing Tips 

      June 21, 2010, 22:17

      Since 2005 I regularly traveled to Europe with stays lasting 2 weeks, 3 weeks and a full month.  After each trip I have accumulated quite a number of…

      • Pack Light and Mean It! 

        July 19, 2011, 03:09

        The most important piece of advise that I can give is to PACK LIGHT!   We have all made that dreaded mistake of packing way too much for that first exciting…

      • Finding the Right Luggage/Carry-On 

        July 11, 2010, 19:25

        Finding the right luggage is very important when traveling especially if you plan on using public transportation.  The most important  tips that I want to…

      • Packing Accessories 

        July 14, 2010, 03:29

        How you pack for a trip is almost as important as what you pack and what you pack your things in.  Here are some tips: Packing Cubes:  I use these…

      • How & When to Pack 

        July 26, 2010, 13:41

        My one big advice here is don't wait until the last minute to start packing.  I have found that when I procrastinate, not only to I pack way too much but I…

    • Safety & Security 

      July 21, 2010, 04:12

        I feel much safer in Europe than I do in some parts of the United States. On my first trip to Europe, I traveled solo and I felt completely safe for…

    • Souvenirs 

      July 21, 2010, 04:17

      I remember on my first trip to Europe I traveled with a group tour.  As soon as I got off the bus along the way, i would run to find a souvenir stand so I…

    • Solo Travel 

      July 26, 2010, 00:42

      There are many articles and information found on the Internet about Solo Travel.  In 2006, I did my first completely independent Solo Travel trip and loved…

    • Transportation 

      July 23, 2010, 12:35

      This section is dedicated to the various modes of transportation and my experiences and thoughts about them.  I will discuss the practical and interesting…

      • Car 

        August 1, 2010, 14:36

        About 98% of the time I travel around using the excellent train systems in Europe.  They are so efficient and far more advanced than what we have here in…

      • Ferries & Travel by Water 

        August 1, 2010, 13:02

        Some people love traveling by sea (ie., cruises) and I'm not one of them because of my proneness to motion sickness.  However, I have had to travel a…

      • Planes 

        August 1, 2010, 14:09

        I have taken several airlines to travel from Southern California to Euorpe (American, Bristish Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, KLM).  Do I have any favorites?&n…

      • Trains 

        July 23, 2010, 12:54

        At home I'm pretty much attached to my car and never take public transportation.  I drive 40 miles round trip everyday to and from work.  So…

      • Local Transport 

        August 1, 2010, 03:19

        When I travel I usually like to find lodging with a great location and within walking distance to the main sights and/or local transportation (subways, trams,…

    • Traveler or Tourist? 

      July 21, 2010, 20:59

        "The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he comes to see.” ~ G. K. Chesterton Ask yourself this question.  Do you consider…

    • When Nature Calls 

      July 21, 2010, 04:18

      Okay, I promise that I won't gross you all out by providing detailed descriptions and earthy tales of having to use public facilities while traveling…

  • Resources 

    July 29, 2010, 13:41

    Throughout my Travel website I have cited the appropriate links to specific topics of discussion.  However, there are Travel Resources that I use very often…

    • AIRLINE SECURITY & SAFETY 

      April 8, 2012, 23:43

      This page contains links to resources regarding Airline Security & Safety Policies, Requirements, Precautions, Updates . . . . Learn about carry-on rules…

    • AIR TRANSPORTATION 

      April 8, 2012, 16:35

      There are so many beautiful places to visit in this world and I want to travel to see and experience as many places as I can in my lifetime.  It's easy and…

    • CONSULATE - ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

      April 8, 2012, 23:50

      This page contains helpful links to Consulates for Countries you may want to visit.  They will provide travel advisory information, entry requirements such as…

    • FAVORITES-LODGING, TOURS, CLASSES 

      February 26, 2011, 03:32

        There is no question from reading the above statement that my most favorite Travel Website is SLOW TRAVEL.  Their main travel site has a lot of…

    • GROUND TRANSPORTATION 

      April 8, 2012, 18:26

      My favorite mode of transportation while traveling is using Public Transportation.  I enjoy taking trains, ferry's, buses, etc.  Here a collection of helpful…

    • LODGING 

      April 8, 2012, 23:55

      This page has useful links that I used to find lodging in the places that I've traveled to. SLOW EUROPE - Apartment Rentals SLOW TRAVEL - Hotels,…

    • MONEY MATTERS 

      April 9, 2012, 00:07

      For currency conversions, ATM Information, and other Money Matters I use these helpful links: XE UNIVERSAL CURRENCY CONVERSION   MASTERCARD/CIRRUS/MAESTR…

    • TIME, WEATHER, DISTANCES 

      April 9, 2012, 00:13

      I found these links useful for figuring out Weather Information, Time Differences, Location and Distance, measurements. WEATHER UNDERGROUND WORLD…

    • TRAVEL COMMUNITY FORUMS 

      April 9, 2012, 00:20

      There are several Travel Community Forums on the internet where people join and share information with.  My favorite is Slow Talk but I have been known to…

    • TRAVEL STORES 

      April 8, 2012, 23:59

      I use these helpful Travel Stores to Purchase Travel Accessories for my trips.  Luggage, Packing Cubes, Travel Wallets, etc. REI eBAGS EAGLE…

  • Favorite Blogs 

    August 19, 2010, 03:59

    You have heard me discuss how much I love to read travel blogs and how much I depend on them for my travel knowledge and my inspiration.  I have listed my…


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Running, cycling and hiking gives me that rush! Music energizes and soothes my soul! Photography preserves my memories and tells my stories! Art provides beauty and fuels my imagination! History gives me knowledge, a deeper understanding for the present and hope for the future! Family & Friends warms my heart! And Travel . . . well Travel keeps me HAPPY!

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - - by Mark Twain

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