Budapest: Yes, yes. I was Hungary for the duck too.

by Alexander.

Our family loved Budapest.  Despite the heat, we spent most of our time outside.  Whether we were walking over famous bridges, or chilling in Hungarian spas, we were having fun.  I hope someday we can come back to Budapest! (Or I’ll have to look at the pictures my dad tortured us with.)  Once again, a peek into my super-secret trip journal!  here we go! Continue reading

Croatian Cities: Yes, Dad. I know they’re Beautiful!

By Alexander.


“Dad, where the heck is Croatia, why the heck is Croatia so popular, and what the heck makes people want to go there???”

“Well Alexander, I think you’ll find that all out in due course, don’t you think?”

“And what’s that supposed to mean?”

Our family had been excited for Croatia ever since we booked a sailboat trip down the Croatian archipelago. We also knew that we were to go to two popular cities, Split and Dubrovnik. We even got to spend our eight days with some family friends who have been living in Spain for the last year–  Lynn and Bill Carr– and their two kids, Evan and Maddox, aged 10 and 8 respectively.

I was excited to travel with another family on a sailboat, but we were also going to two obscure-ish Croatian cities which I didn’t know anything about.  Now was a time for desperate measures.  Now was the time to use my ‘secret’ weapon.  Now was the time to use TripAdvisor!!

What was I to find???
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Puy Du Fou, France: Horses, Vultures, and Lions. Oh yeah. I forgot about blood.

by Alexander


Personally, I never thought I’d ever like a theme park without rides.  But that was before Puy Du Fou, a “historic” theme park in the countryside of France which lets you experience history through a bunch of shows.  And no rides.

All the shows were realistic and engaging (except for maybe one which only had a lot of singing), with epic stunts.  If Paris Disneyland doesn’t live up to my expectations, then I think Puy Du Fou will achieve the honor of “Alexander Belfiore’s favorite theme park in all of France”.   There was even blood! Continue reading

Lagos: Portugal’s Paradise

By Alexander.

Okay, two things. Number one. I know that Lagos is supposed to be this huge city in Nigeria that nobody’s heard about because heck, it’s in Nigeria. The point is, this is a different Lagos. Number two. The “s” in Lagos (only the one in Portugal) sounds like “sh”. I won’t have any of you scalawags saying it the wrong way.

And now, I have to do the REAL blog post. Ugh.

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