The Ancient Walls of Alghero

There are many places in Italy that come to mind when planning a trip: Rome, Venice, Florence, etc. Alghero isn't really one of them.  Every heard of it?  Well you should get to know it.

Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

As we approached on our cruise ship, you could see the 16th century wall around the city and the beautiful bell tower.  I really didn't know what to expect, as I had never heard of this place.

Holland America cruise ship in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

We had to tender in to the island.  But it dropped us off right at the city.  Perfect for a day of walking and exploring.  (more on that in my next post)  Those rocky cliffs way in the distance are much larger than they appear.

Large rocky cliffs near Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

This is a better idea of their size...massive and powerful.  It made for a beautiful coastline as we approached.  This is the outside of Neptune's Grotto, an amazing cave discovered by local fishermen in the 18th century.

16th century wall surrounding Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

Once on the island we could see the detail of the 16th century wall.  It was so thick, I couldn't imagine anyone blasting through it back in the day.  As you can see, there are ways to walk around the city wall at the base, as well as, on top of it.  We stayed on top.

Entrance to the city of Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

You got a real sense of how thick the wall was as you entered the city.  I love to imagine all the people in the last several centuries that have entered through this very spot.  I am currently reading The Red Tent and I can see Dinah as she cries outside the city wall.  Amazing book, by the way, I highly recommend.

16th century wall of Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

I'll end here as we look through the wall at the cruise ship.  We were the only ship here that day and it made for excellent exploring.  Stay tuned for my next post as we explore inside the city walls of Alghero.


World Vegan Day

Veggie burger and sweet potato fries from the Greenbrier

In honor of World Vegan Day, I wanted to give a shout out to my favorite veggie burger and sweet potato fries.  These bad boys were consumed at one of my favorite destinations...The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.  I have been to the Greenbrier numerous times, but my last visit was the first one as a vegan.  I am very familiar with all of their restaurants and was a little concerned that I would have a difficult time.  I am so happy to say that wasn't the case.  Every restaurant worked with me to provide an amazing meal.  Sometimes even fixing things that weren't on the menu so I could enjoy dinner in all the restaurants just like every one else.  I hope you all try to eat a more plant based diet for your health, the environment and especially the animals.  Happy World Vegan Day!


My adventure in St John, US Virgin Islands

I've traveled to the Caribbean lots this year.  Starting off the new year in Puerto Rico (read about that here) and then heading to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, but my St. John trip was like no other.

St. John, USVI

To start things off, I rented a jeep that I had to drive on the wrong side of the road.  And as you can see above, St. John is very hilly with lots of sharp turns.  I felt like a teenager again, really focused every time I got behind the wheel.  Plus, I was so proud of myself, which isn't a feeling I usually have after parking my car.  ;)


Dinner on Holland America Cruise

I'm always posting about the food I eat around the world.  However, since my last post, my eating habits have changed.  After doing some research and watching several films like Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, I became vegan several months ago.  This post by Lauren of Justin + Lauren is a great explanation of how I feel.  That being said, these pictures are from a cruise we took over a year ago, so the pictures do not reflect the way I eat now.

Dinner menu from Holland America cruise

I was happy to see as I edited these photos that there are some vegan and vegetarian options.  Below are the appetizers we started with.

Greek Moussaka
Greek Moussaka

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