Travel Like an Architect: Learn to see a lot in a short amount of time

By Robert and Lynn Belles
Independent Vacation Specialists

To “Travel Like an Architect,” you will need to learn how to see A LOT in a little time. Unfortunately, not everyone — architects included — can spend months traveling the globe. Luckily, we discovered that a cruise vacation is the ultimate way to see the most places in the least amount of time.

As an example, a “typical” short (seven-night) getaway could include visiting six cities in four countries. Start in Barcelona, Spain, with the architecture of Antoine Gaudi. Day two, walk the maze of cobbled, narrow alleyways of Medina (old town). On day three, see Norman architecture in the 2,700-year-old walled City of Palermo, Sicily. Day five, Rome, Italy, where you see St. Peter’s Square, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and MORE. Day six, on to the enclave of the super rich: Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, where you visit the 1550s Castle of Rapallo, the Basilica of St. Margaret of Antiochia, built in1658 on the remains of a 13th-­century church, or the abby Abbazia della Cervara.

Finally, day seven, you visit Monte Carlo, Monaco, where there is everything from Julius Cesar’s 43 B.C. port of Monaco to the 1863 Casino de Monte ­Carlo that made this city famous.

Seeing this much in just one week is possible because your hotel MOVES while you dine, dance and sleep. You have a full day of architectural sight­seeing in each city. At the end of your day, you return to the cruise ship, your floating, MOVING, hotel. While you unwind, and sleep, the captain drives the ship, your hotel, to the next city/country. You even have an entire “day at sea” to relax and enjoy.

Once you have done this, you will not settle for anything less than two weeks where you can take in 11 cities in seven countries!

Rob and Lynn Belles are owners of Belles Firm of Architecture, a local professional design firm. They are seasoned travelers with family and adult-only international travel experience. They are teaching others what they know about traveling as a family, a couple and as business owners who stay connected with their clients, even while they are traveling abroad.

From the Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015, issue

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