North America, Europe, Asia · 24 Days · 44 Moments · June 2017

Sam and Riana's Journey Around the World

8 July 2017

Sunsets from around the world over the last 23 days β˜€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜‡πŸ˜πŸŒŽπŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ•Ά
We concluded our incredible Around-the-world journey with a breathtaking captains dinner sunset cruise with Trilogy Excursions. We were so lucky to see an epic 45-min sunset with a rising full moon in the other direction.
Our final day included the Berey Invitational at Kapalua Bay mini-golf course... it was epic... for all the wrong reasons!

7 July 2017

After a relaxing day at Kapalua Bay beach followed by another perfect sunset, we really enjoyed our final restaurant stop at Merriman's in Kapalua, Maui! They even served us a complimentary flourless chocolate cake for our anniversary!
A wonderful morning walk along the Kapalua Coastal Trail. We saw gorgeous flowers, cliff formations, and sea turtles! It was also a great way to get in our daily exercise.

6 July 2017

Thank you to Trilogy Sailing Excursions for an amazing day snorkeling at Lanai! We woke up at 5:00am to reach our boat ride for the 8-hour day trip complete with meals, snorkeling, dolphins, and relaxation!

5 July 2017

We made it to the final stop on our journey--Maui at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua (thank you Ritz Carlton credit card sign up bonus for 3 nights of free rooms). We made it in time for sunset, a cute dinner, and champagne by the hot tub. We even did a load of laundry since the facility had complimentary use of washers and dryers! Where was that in Europe and Japan?!?

4 July 2017

We ended our 4th of July with fireworks and 🍹 🍻 on the Holokai Catamaran. The views from the water were amazing, and the company wasn't too shabby either.
A visit to Pearl Harbor to pay respect to the victims and heroes from December 7, 1941. Very appropriate for the 4th of July.
Skydive Hawaii provided us an incredible 4th of July morning for skydiving! Riana finally jumped out of a plane!
Pineapple anyone? This is where pretty much all of the United States pineapples are grown!

3 July 2017

Aloha, Hawaii. We made it to Waikiki Beach in time to nap poolside before heading over to parasail. For dinner, we enjoyed Cheesecake Factory! Monday July 3, 2017 is a special day for us because it lasted exactly 43 hours across 3 countries: Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Time to catch up on sleep!

3 July 2017

A surprisingly delicious lunch on board Asiana Airlines... a typical Korean dish, Bibimbap, translating literally to "mixed rice." It was a yummy welcome to our short layover in Seoul.

2 July 2017

After sushi, we strolled by Harajuku to grab a typical Sunday crepe treat and check out the teenage cultural surrounding Harajuku. Later, we went to check out the famous Tokyo arcades... it was crazy full with adults paying to play classic video games! I even tried a little old school dance dance revolution. We ended the day back with a nice Teppanyaki dinner back at our hotel.
Amazing sushi cooking class with Yuka Mazda in her home! Riana and I made sushi including fresh tuna, scallops, and fish eggs! We love how the Japanese take such great pride in their sushi home cooking!

1 July 2017

After a delicious Korean BBQ dinner (with Japanese beef), we checked out this crazy awesome Magic Bar near Tokyo Station. Much thanks to "Mac" @empowermagic for doing his show in English and letting Riana up on stage!

30 June 2017

An amazing 8-course traditional Japanese dinner in Hakone! Very unique and delicious experience!
We had an incredible "onsen" day at a Japanese bath house in Hakone! We tried many indoor and outdoor baths while soaking in the mountain air!
We had a truly wonderful, authentic stay at the Hakone Kowakien Tenyu hotel and spa! Time to return to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo!

29 June 2017

So much fun at Tokyo Disney Sea! We went right after we hopped off the plane, of course, but we still conquered the park!
Quickest layover ever at Brussels Airport!
From secret dining in east London at The Chambers of Flavour to a quick meet up with Summer Discovery friends in Cambridge, we made the most of our time in the πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ UK! Europe has been a blast!

26 June 2017

After a whirlwind 48 hours in Amsterdam, we've arrived at our last stop in Europe--London--home sweet home. Trying to wish the Amsterdam weather upon the London forecast πŸŒ§πŸ™πŸ˜‡

26 June 2017

An amazing start to Amsterdam... living up the local culture right away!
An incredible Hungry Birds Food Tour today in Amsterdam with Sasha! We tried over 10 different local dishes from salty to sweet and everything in between!

24 June 2017

Beer garden fun at Augustine-Keller! I feel like we need more of this in the United States!
A very sobering day at Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp outside Munich, Germany.

23 June 2017

We departed Venice on the overnight train to Munich. We were lucky to have our own berths, but the air con didn't work for the first few hours so it was over 100 degrees! Nevertheless, we made it to Munich!
As we finish up our time in Venice, we can't help but reflect on this amazing city on water. We started the day with breakfast on the canal. From there we moved to our lunch cooking class with Chef Franco. We wrapped up the afternoon with a stroll to St. Mark's Square and a visit to the Doge's Palace. We loved our time in Venice. Ciao Bella!

22 June 2017

A truly beautiful evening in Venice. We reminisced about our amazing food tour in Venice as we found other "cheap eat gems" for dinner!
Riana and I have been fortunate enough to travel on more than a dozen food tours in various international destinations...however, today was by far the best! We joined Adam and Maya (two American expats) on the world famous Venice Bites: Off the beaten path food tour for a 4.5-hour Journey with 7+ culinary locations throughout Venice's neighborhoods. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who travels to Venice!

21 June 2017

A beautiful start to our time in Venice. We had a wonderful walking and boat tour with Nadia, our local Venetian guide. We learned about the history of Venice along with the current cultural norms. We even made time for some romantic photos on the canals!

20 June 2017

Our final full day in Florence featured a much-needed relaxing start to the day... a foot massage at the Villa Cora Spa. We grabbed a quick lunch and prepared for our crazy Vespa Tour through the Florence countryside. Finally, we made it to the famous Uffizi museum after 7pm. We still managed to track down the top local Florence pizza shop and chocolate gelato!

19 June 2017

We had an amazing night with Patrizia in her Florence home. She cooked up everything from frittata with tomatoes and eggplant with mozzarella to homemade lemon ricotta ravioli and zucchini wrapped cheese and salami with balsamic reduction. She even presented us an original dessert... lemon tiramisu! Grazie!
We spent the daytime on a Tuscany wine tour with Todd Bolton of Tuscan Trails. We even picked up a delicious bottle for our last night in Florence. For dinner, we visited the beautiful home of Patrizia, a local Florentine. Round after round of delicious homemade Italian food thanks to the App Vizeat!
Villa Cora in Florence, Italy is absolutely stunning! So far, we enjoyed a gorgeous poolside dinner after sunset and an exciting Tuscan Wine Tour with Todd Bolton of Tuscan Trails!

18 June 2017

What an incredible day in Paris! First we had breakfast by the River Seine, then we hit the Louvre, and finally we made the most of an impromptu photo shoot outside the Eiffel Tower. Now it's off to the airport for a flight to Florence!
A beautiful evening in Paris! Nothing better than midnight crepes and a stroll along the River Seine!

17 June 2017

A quick lunch on Cava Baja in the beautiful La Latina neighborhood of Madrid, and then off to the airport to catch our flight to Paris!
Much thanks to Antony at Madsegs Madrid Segway Tours for an incredible day around the city. I highly, highly recommend this activity. Riana and I became quite comfortable (and silly) with the controls... if only we could use them in Ft. Lauderdale!

16 June 2017

After exploring the evening bar scene in Madrid, we ended up, predictably, at the famous San Gines Chocolateria for some delicious churros and chocolate! #chocolatedesserts #yolo
Thank you to our amazing hosts, Anna and Nacho, for a true Spanish meal tonight full of Wine, Tapas, Paella, and Flan! Great company to share our first evening abroad πŸ˜‡ #VizEat
Been in Madrid for only 6 hours, but we've already conquered an incredible steak lunch, at Mu! El Placer de la Carne, a visit to Picasso and Dali's best work at Museo Reina Sofia, grabbed some tapas at Mercado San Miguel, and walked around the Royal Palace of Madrid! Can't wait to meet our MadrileΓ±a amiga, Anna, for dinner this evening!
Off to our first stop, Madrid! EstΓ mos emocionados!