Our hearts are all breaking due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. Those of us who love to cross the Atlantic and take in the beauty of the European Summer are doing our best to live vicariously through memories, photographs and videos.
We did find a way to get a taste of European summer weather, along with some old-world charm. We've been exploring the Great Lakes, which form the boundary-waters between the USA and Canada. There are now five cruise lines plying these lovely freshwater seas, each with their own character and charm. More importantly, there are many European settlements along these lakes that take you back in time. Most notably, of course, is Quebec City, which is arguably the most European city in North America.
So, if you can't make it to Europe this summer, at least you can be transported by a Great Lakes cruise. We hope the experience is a memorable one.
Looking for a wonderful European vacation destination for the summer? Consider Siena, Italy and catch the most famous horse race in the world, Il Palio. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit:
If you’re headed to Siena, Italy, for Palio Siena, you’ll want to arrive a few days early. Many exciting festivities start several days before the most famous horse races in the world on July 2 and August 16. To get the most out of your Palio Siena experience, you should plan your trip to coincide with these events:
The history.The contrade, or city districts, of Siena date back to medieval times when the city was trying to gain freedom in the war of independence from Florence. These original districts were created to help supply the many troops hired to defend the city. While the contrade no longer have military responsibilities, they are still of utmost importance to life within Siena.