Packing for a week of sailing in the Côte d’Azur

With a backlog of travel over the last two years to write about and several upcoming trips in 2018, I’m going to attempt to revive my blog with new posts and pictures from our travels. I will go back and write about our amazing first sailing trip last summer in Greece, but first, I’m going…

Washington, DC: First Impressions

I haven’t had time to blog in the last few months thanks to my full-time job, being more than full-time in graduate school, and my usual crazy fall travel schedule. One additional thing has been adding to my stress recently though–our move to Washington, DC. Thanks to the military, we finally realized our dream of…

Paris in December

When I originally started thinking about visiting Paris, I had spring in mind. Seeing the sights with mild temperatures, beautiful blooming gardens, and before the crowds of summer vacation sounded perfect. When I started looking at my vacation days from work however, the two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day jumped out as the…

First Trip to Europe, Day 11 – London

For the last full day of our vacation, we booked a day trip to London with Golden Tours. The tour included roundtrip transportation on the Eurostar train and a fully guided tour of London. The description said we would visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, witness the changing of the guard at…

Just a Few Quick Updates

I know it has been ages (months) since my last entry about our trip to Europe. I haven’t forgotten and I assure you I’m still planning to finish the trip blog. My feelings about our day trip to London weren’t very positive, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to write about it.…

First Trip to Europe, Part 8 – Strasbourg

We wanted to see the astronomical clock presentation at mid-day, which requires being in line before 11:30am. We didn’t want to leave the hotel too early, as nothing really opens very early anywhere in France. Once we were all dressed and ready, we walked around near the hotel looking for a bakery for breakfast. There…

First Trip to Europe, Day 7 – Paris to Strasbourg

Words don’t do justice to Strasbourg, so this post is going to be very image heavy! We got up and finished packing our bags and checked out of the hotel pretty early that morning. We had to navigate the metro (lots of up and down stairs) with all our luggage to Gare de l’est in…

First Trip to Europe, Day 6 – Bruges, Belgium

I took a break, but I’m back to writing about our trip! Day 6 was a Sunday and our all-day trip to Bruges, Belgium. We went to bed early the night before, and my alarm went off sometime around 5am that morning. We had to be downstairs before 6:30am for our tour guide to pick…