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Clipper Vacations | Hoppy Hour Bike Tour in Victoria

Clipper Vacations | Hoppy Hour Bike Tour in Victoria

It’s a pretty simple equation: Clipper Vacations + a Hoppy Hour Bike Tour full of craft beer tasting = an awesome time in Victoria, British Columbia. There’s no easier way to get to Victoria than through Clipper Vacations. The Pacific Northwest vacation experts offer a number of transportation, tours and accommodation packages to customers across the world. The Victoria Clipper is an easy, quick and relaxing way to travel. The high-speed boat goes as fast as 30 knots, and takes less than three hours to get to Victoria from Seattle (or vice-versa). So long, #Seattle. Next stop: Victoria! #DiscoverClipper pic.twitter.com/KO6gw5ZWbz — Seattle Bloggers (@SeattleBlgrs) April 22, 2016 There are no assigned seats on the Victoria Clipper. The earlier you book your trip, the better boarding number you receive — which means the better seat you get on the boat. We lucked out and got a window seat both to and from Victoria. Once on board the Clipper, you’re allowed to walk around, check out the outdoor deck, or just kick back...

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Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica | Beautiful and Inspiring

Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica | Beautiful and Inspiring

Rome is a must-see city. There is so much history and culture packed in this Italian city that I guarantee everyone will find something they love about it. Whether its touring the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, taking in a museum, or just enjoying the amazing Italian food and indulging yourself in gelato, Rome has a lot to offer. One place you need to see when you visit Rome is the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. This small city-state is located in the middle of Rome and is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I’ve ever experienced. St. Peter’s Basilica is the church located within Vatican City. It is one of the world’s largest churches and is an amazing piece of Renaissance architecture. The details are spectacular. It took more than 100 years for the church to be completed after its groundbreaking in 1506. Just standing outside of the church is enough to make a trip to Italy worth it. You almost feel like you are in the center of the world. Then you...

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Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway

Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway

Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway is a great place to visit for a Norwegian cultural experience. The museum has several different attractions and is located right on the shores of Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. There is a lot of open, grassy parts of the museum grounds, so it definitely has a park-vibe going on. It’s a great place to have a picnic, take in the sights and enjoy the day. There’s one thing that makes Hedmark Museum really unique: it’s an active archaeological site. The Norwegians are still excavating the grounds (actually, most of the area is still not yet excavated). Part of the experience of visiting the museum is seeing the dig site and the progress the archaeologists are making while you’re there. One of the main attractions at Hedmark Museum is the Cathedral Ruins. The Hamar Cathedral was built-in Romanesque architecture in 1200 A.D. The roof was set on fire in the 1500s and it pretty much just sat that for three hundred years before the Norwegians started to excavate...

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African Safari | The Big Five in Tanzania

African Safari | The Big Five in Tanzania

If you travel to Tanzania and go on a safari in the Serengeti, you will likely hear a lot about the Big Five in Africa.  The Big Five originated from hunters, and it refers to the top five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. The Big Five include the African elephant, black rhinoceros, cape buffalo, lion and leopard.  Today, tourists from around the world travel to Africa for a chance to see the Big Five in their natural habitat. The first leg of my trip to Tanzania was spent in the Serengeti, looking for the Big Five. The African elephant was the first Big Five animal I spotted on my safari. Our tour group actually came across a huge herd of elephants (including a few newborn elephants) just a few minutes after we entered the Serengeti. Even though elephants are such large animals, they are still very graceful. Elephants were all over the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, so we ended up seeing them all over the place. The Cape buffalo...

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Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

Queen’s Guard Marching from Buckingham Palace

My mom and I were unintentionally (believe it or not) in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was an amazing event to be in England for, but it did have its limitations. Buckingham Palace was blocked off, so we never got a good look at it. To make up for that, my mom and I did get to see other things that people don’t normally see in London, including the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. After my mom and I found out that Buckingham Palace was blocked off, we stopped for a traditional English breakfast at a nearby restaurant. After we finished eating, we walked back outside and noticed people had lined up along the street. We figured something cool must be happening, so we decided to stick around. Not long after we posted up, we saw the Queen’s Guard marching from Buckingham Palace. I figured this was a pretty rare occasion, so I grabbed my cell phone and got video of them. My mom and I had...

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Venus de Milo at the Louvre in Paris

Venus de Milo at the Louvre in Paris

I’ll be really honest with you: I’m more into sporting events than museums, but my first trip to Europe started to change me. I had an incredible time romping through the British Museum in London, and visiting the Louvre in Paris (no trip to Paris is complete without it). On top of seeing the Louvre’s most popular piece, Mona Lisa, I also really enjoyed taking in the Venus de Milo. Venus de Milo is one of the most famous ancient Greek sculptures. The statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, who was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. I originally thought the sculpture was created by Michelangelo, but that’s not the case. It’s actually unknown who sculpted Venus de Milo, but they think it was created by Alexandros of Antioch. The “Milo” part of her name comes from where she was found — the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea. It’s impossible to not be in awe of Venus de Milo. The statue was sculpted out of marble between...

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