Summer 2017 Itinerary

My summer 2017 itinerary was hectic but eclectic. It was hugely centered in Europe, but far away from the maddening crowd of the big cities for the most part. I visited Russia for the second year in a row and the Arctic Circle enclave of Svalbard. I revisited Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona, and Jerusalem. All spectacular … More Summer 2017 Itinerary

St. Petersburg, Russia

★★★★★ Recommended Stay: 3 days, preferably during White Nights  (end of May to mid-July) Visited: 2014 & 2017 (Visa required. It is also possible to visit visa-free via cruise) Day 1: The Hermitage Museum, a walking tour of Nevsky Prospekt including visits to the Church on Spilled Blood and the Kazan Cathedral, and St. Isaac’s … More St. Petersburg, Russia

Moscow, Russia

★★★★★ Visited: 2016 & 2017 (Visa required) Recommended Stay: 3 Days Day 1: The Kremlin, the Red Square, and a show at the Bolshoi Theater in the evening. For tips on how to maximize your visit at the Kremlin, here’s my post on how to navigate the Kremlin in 5 Steps. It is imperative that … More Moscow, Russia

Riga, Latvia

★★★★ Recommended Stay: 2 days Visited: 2017 Despite being the largest city in the Baltic States, Riga does somewhat pale in comparison with its gorgeous sister cities – Tallinn and Vilnius.  Do not let that deter you from visiting though as Riga boasts a UNESCO-World Heritage Old Town filled with cobblestone streets and glorious churches that … More Riga, Latvia

China

Visited 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 ★★★★★ Beijing (Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Summer & Winter Palaces, and Temple of Heaven) Xi’an (Terracotta Warriors and Old City Walls) Hong Kong (Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, and HK skyline) Guangxi Province (Longsheng’s Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces and Limestone Karst Topography along the Li and Yulong Rivers) … More China