September 13, 2016

HOW TO PACK FOR EUROPE WITH ONLY CARRY ON

Packing for Europe in October

Packing for a week in Europe in a carry-on can be done!  

We will be flying Ryanair once we get to Spain and they have very strict (and small) luggage requirements.  You can have one free carry-on that is no larger than 21.6 x 15.74 x 7.87 inches including wheels and handles so think child size suitcase.

So even though you want to look good, you also have to be practical.  Stick with pieces that mix and match.  My daughter and I spent 16 days in Europe with no luggage since they lost it on the trip over.  You CAN get by with only one pair of jeans by washing them every night when you take a shower.  Same with you undergarments and other clothing.  It's also a good excuse to go shopping.

Below are some of the ideas I was playing with on how I could mix and match the clothing.  




I may only carry the one pair of dark denim jeggings and may add a light raincoat depending on the weather forecast before I leave.

Hope this helps you with packing your small carry one.


August 23, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHING BABIES @UNIVERSAL STUDIOS.

When visiting Universal Studio (or any travel destination) with a baby, it can be a challenge getting good photos of them.  Especially when they are just babies and can't walk or even sit up unassisted.

My grandson was 6 months old when we visited Orlando, Florida.  Here are some of the trip and tricks I used to get some great photos of him.  

GET A VARIETY OF PHOTOS

TIP #1 - Get photos of them interacting with the characters


Capture them making eye contact with the characters.  This is one of my favorite photos.



Little Man loved touching the fur on the characters.  You will see him reach over and touch their furry hands.  



Some children may be fearful of the characters.  Don't stop taking photos if they cry or make funny faces.  Of course, I'm not suggesting that the kids be forced to interact with the characters, I'm saying if they hide behind your legs because they are shy ( like I was) , get that photo.  It will be fun for them to look back on when they are older and their girlfriends or boyfriends visit.

With interaction photos, the point is the capture their true reactions, not just the ones that look "good."


August 18, 2016

HOW TO FIND BUS STOPS IN BARCELONA

HOW TO FIND THE BUS STOPS IN BARCELONA


Our first visit to Barcelona was from the port of our cruise ship.  We were totally confused when we got off and had no idea where to go so hopefully this information will help you.

FROM THE CRUISE PORT

We caught the bus at the World Trade Centre (#2 on the map).  I don't know which terminal we docked at but it was only a short walk to bus stop.  If you see a crowd of people that turn to the right from the terminal, follow them !  


Barcelona Cruise Port Terminal Map


FROM THE AIRPORT

There are buses (Aerobus) that runs from the Barcelona Airport (BCN)  every 5 to 10 minutes to PL Catalunya.  Line A1 is from Terminal 1 and Line A2 is from Terminal 2.  According to the schedule, they run 365 days a year.  You can check current ticket cost and times HERE on the Aerobus website.

HOHO BUS CHOICES

There are two Hop On Hop Off  sightseeing buses in Barcelona.  The Barcelona Bus Turistic is the one I have used in the past.  I had no problems with using the bus but I do understand that can get very crowded in the summer months.  I always travel in the the off season so there is always plenty of room.  

August 17, 2016

WHAT TO SEE IF YOU ONLY HAVE 1 DAY IN BARCELONA

Barcelona is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and there is a lot to see and do.  When you only have a short period of time, it's important to have a plan in place before you arrive. Hopefully,  this one day guide will help you get started.

I arrived by cruise ship on my first visit to Barcelona giving me about  7 hours to explore the city.  I am flying in this time and  will have 24 hours when I go in October. 

 Whether you are on a cruise ship or only have a few hours to explore or have 24 hours, here are some don't-miss sites. You can see all of the places I visited on my Barcelona post HERE.  All of the places I visited did not make it on this must-see list (and there are some places on this list that I missed last time).  

SAGRADA FAMILIA
SAGRADA FAMILIA is at the top of every must see list when visiting Barcelona.   The major work of renowned architect, Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Sacred Family) is a magnificent and unique architectural structure, prompting many critics to pronounce it the only church like it in the world.  

It is free to walk around outside of the Sagrada Familia church but you have to pay to go inside.  If you only have a few hours in Barcelona, you will need to decide if you want to see several places or only few.  I have read that you will need one to two hours to tour the inside and that if you plan to do so, purchase your tickets in advance.  

I also want to mention that if you plan to take the same hop on hop off bus that I took (Bus Touristic) you will need to take the blue line route.  Most of the other sites are on the red line route.  You probably won't have time to do both routes if you arrive by cruise ship and only have a few  hours.




Gothic Quarters ~ Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona, Spain The Gothic Quarters
Barrio Gotico - Gothic Quarters

The Gothic Quarters was my favorite place in Barcelona. Even though Sagrada Familia is considered the top tourist attraction, I would go to the Gothic Quarters if I could only choose one place to visit.  You can check out my post on the Gothic Quarters Here.  

August 15, 2016

MY CARIBBEAN VIDEO I MADE FOR FREE



I ran across this site called My Stupeflix Video.  It was free to upload your photos and music to make a video. They have several themes to choose from and make this one using the Scrapbook theme.

Of course in exchange for this free service, they will have their logo displayed at the end of your video.  If you are looking for a fun, craetive way to show off your photos, you may want to check them out.

MY STUPEFLIX VIDO


August 10, 2016

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - BUILDINGS

Who doesn't love Universal Studios?  It's an amazing, magical place and I could have spent days there just take photographs.  One of my favorite places to photograph was the "New York" area.

Sometimes we get so engrossed in taking photos of the kids, that we forget to stop and just enjoy the scenery.  I had my grandson with me when I spotted this area.  He and I strolled up and down the streets enjoying the buildings.  



Here is a map giving you an idea of where this section is located.


When you get to this area of the park, take time to look around at all of the work that went into this buildings