The Grand Tour

Hello everyone! Caroline here. As you may or may not know, both Kaycie and I are heading off this week on some wonderful travel adventures. Kaycie is headed to NYC with her friend Emmali, while I’m off to Europe for a couple weeks with my mom. I haven’t talked much about my upcoming travels yet, but here’s what my trip has in store:


I’m starting my journey in London. While the main reason for choosing London was a special exhibition at the British Museum that I simply cannot miss (this is the usual reason people go to London, right?), I’m very excited to see everything else London has to offer. I’ve been to London twice before as part of study abroad programs during my undergrad, but there are still a few places we’re going to visit that I haven’t seen yet – including tours at the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London.


From London, we’re flying to Rome. Incidentally, we will be in Rome ON MY BIRTHDAY, which makes me very excited. I’ve been to Rome a few times before as well; it’s tied with Paris for my favorite city in the world, and I’m so looking forward to being there again. It’s okay to eat gelato for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner if it’s my birthday, right? My other goal in Rome is to see as much Michelangelo as possible!


After a few days in Rome, we board our cruise ship! This will be my second-ever cruise, my first Princess cruise, my first cruise with my mom, and my first Mediterranean cruise.


Our first port is Naples, where we will be able to go on excursions to Pompeii and Capri. Again, I’ve been to these places before, but it’s been years and I’m so excited to see them again!


We were originally supposed to go to Turkey on this cruise, but the cruise line cancelled our stops in Turkey due to the unrest there. I’m disappointed, but I’m glad they are careful about our safety. Montenegro is one of the ports that was added when Turkey was removed. I’ve never been to Montenegro before, and I’m eager to see what this beautiful country has to offer!


We have four stops in Greece: Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, and Athens. I’ve been to Athens before, but I’ll be a first-timer at the others! These destinations look beautiful, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture, people, food, history, and architecture at each of these ports. From beaches and quaint towns to churches and ancient ruins, Greece has a lot to offer. Our cruise concludes in Athens, where my mom and I will spend an extra day or two to see some essentials, like the Acropolis, the Agora, the New Acropolis Museum, the Arch of Hadrian, and more. And then we head back to the US!

While I’ve been to several of these places before, I am ALWAYS open to suggestions of things to see, places to go, and foods to eat, so please feel free to comment with your recommendations.

Keep Up!

On another note, we will continue to post here on At Home & Abroad while we are gone (with huge thanks to Kaycie for keeping things on track while I’m off the grid in Europe). Also be sure to keep up with our Instagram – there are certain to be tons of great posts and stories as we travel!

Written by Caroline Larson.

*All photos in this blog article are taken by and property of Caroline Larson.


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