A Viator Vatican Tour

Vatican city is the smallest country in the world, it is also located in Rome. The outside of the Vatican doesn’t really seem real to me and my pictures don’t do it justice at all. If you plan on looking inside, taking a tour will fast forward you into the Vatican. You’ll be saving yourself from lost time and fainting from the heat, which I almost did a couple of times.

The area shown below is off limits to public, however it is allowed with the tour.

winding up and the lookout 

DSC01144-2

IMG_1110

DSC01150

…and outside

DSC01090

_DSC5456

DSC01196-4

DSC01207

Day Out Of Halifax

Day trips to different parts of Nova Scotia can easily be taken from Halifax. Two favourites of mine are Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg. Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg are just half an hour apart from each other and only about an hour away from Halifax.

Peggy’s Cove

If you go to Peggy’s Cove please do not go too close to the ocean or on the wet rocks, for you do not want to be swept away. The areas in the pictures down below are safe to go to, just watch your step.

dsc08709

dsc08711

dsc08738

Out of Peggy’s Cove and into Lunenburg, a colourful oceanside town from the late 19th century.

dsc08620

DSC08641

DSC08693

DSC08619

 

Nymphenburg 

 

On my final day in Germany I walked from my last hotel the Holiday Inn Express Munich City West to Nymphenburg. Walking over was much better than taking a taxi because of the fall colours and surprisingly warm weather. Unfortunately after a few hours at Nymphenburg I was so tired that I had to taxi back to the hotel.

DSC08390

DSC08401

 

DSC08349

The Mystical Castle

The night before touring Neuschwanstein Castle with Viator, a staff member at Hotel an der Oper gave my mom and I some insight about the connection between Neuschwanstein Castle and Walt Disney. Neuschwanstein Castle was an influence for some of Walt Disney’s creations, such as the film Fantasia. Along with the castles connection to Disney, there is the historic yet unresolved tale of King Ludwig II “The Fairytale King.”Stories take place everywhere, but even just walking into the castle feels like walking into a storybook.

DSC06690

dsc06704

dsc06702

dsc06764

dsc06749
 

 

 

 

Hever Castle

Hever Castle was the childhood home of Mary, Anne and George Boleyn. It was an easy and short trip from the Gatwick Airport. The castle holds several paintings, some of the love letters that Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn and a letter that she wrote to him. Hever Castle felt like a grand home, that I wished I grew up in.

img_0577

Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

img_0580

Amawaterways River Cruise in Russia and London

First Cruise and First Time in Russia

As the plane started to descend to Moscow, the plane tilted and I saw a dome shaped building through the clouds.

Shortly after arriving I was on a bus tour to Amakaterina. My Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Mom, Dad, Brother and I travelled along the river with the rest of the passengers to different cities and villages. The cruise provided music, dance, language classes and surreal sunset dinners. However before all of that happened, I had a day in London.

London

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 11.49.06 AM.png

Amakaterina

_dsc4705

Floating hotel

_DSC4606.JPG

Sunset cruising

_DSC4933.jpg

Misty days

Moscow

The beginning of our journey

Red Square

Screen Shot 2016-09-17 at 8.29.46 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-17 at 8.30.52 PM.png

_DSC4455.jpg

DSC00380

dsc00372.jpg

dsc00373.jpg

_DSC4435.jpg

_DSC4471.jpg

The Kremlin Palace

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 8.41.24 AM.png

Lunch cruising through Moscow

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 8.41.45 AM.png

IMG_5573-2

img_1556

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 8.42.14 AM.png

IMG_5468-2

IMG_5449 2-2

IMG_5351 2-2

IMG_5335-2

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 8.40.43 AM.png

Uglich

The mystical town Uglich that dates all the way back to 937.

One story I still remember is of Dmitry Ivanovich, Ivan the terrible’s last son who was banished to Uglich. Tragically he was found dead one day, ending the line of the Rurik Dynasty.

IMG_5875-2

IMG_5879

Yaroslavl

During my time here I got to stroll through the markets, as well as go inside a former governors house. A lady dressed for the time period show the group around the place. Near the end a miniature ball was featured, for those who decided to dance.

_dsc4734

IMG_5905 2-2

IMG_6026-2

DSC00772

Russia-487

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 9.35.14 AM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 9.35.56 AM.png

IMG_5993-2

IMG_6029-2

IMG_5955 2-2

IMG_5972-2

IMG_5964 2-2

Svirstroy

_DSC4969.jpg

_DSC4972-2

IMG_6317 2

IMG_6300-2

Goritsy

IMG_6140-2

Russia-520

 

Saint Petersburg

dsc5088.jpg

The Hermitage Museum/ Winter Palace

_DSC5016.jpg

DSC01126.JPG

Russia-633

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 2.56.02 PM.png

IMG_6463

_DSC5071.jpg

DSC01145.jpg

Canals

IMG_6383-3

Tsarskoye Selo

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 2.49.52 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 2.50.32 PM.png

The Disneyland

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 11.57.43 AM.png

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 12.03.52 PM.png

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 12.04.26 PM.png

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 11.58.08 AM.png

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 11.58.20 AM.png

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 12.04.44 PM.png

The beautiful grey building is the bookstore we stopped in shortly.

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 11.58.41 AM.png

After exploring Saint Petersburg some more I went to a ballet at The Hermitage. We took a hydrofoil there and back. On the way there our first hydrofoil stopped working and another had to come and pick us up. We all transported to the other hydrofoil in the canal. The ballet we saw was “Odette.”

The next day we went to Peterhof and then the Yusupov Palace. However I won’t be showing photos from Yusupov Palace.

Peterhof

DSC01480.jpg

DSC01458.jpg

DSC01499.jpg

DSC01462.jpg

DSC01461.jpg