Paris is one of those places that evokes a lot of emotion from people. Some love it, others hate it. But it’s filled with history and at the top of many travel wishlists. Rachel and I did some of the typical things like visiting the Eiffel Tower and taking in the sights from the upper […]
When my best friend started planning her trip to come visit me in Berlin, she told me she didn’t want to spend her whole time in Berlin. Understandable, Europe is a big place with lots to see. After looking at some options, Paris was the clear winner on her wishlist, so I planned us a […]
“I’ve seen some crazy stuff in Vegas, including Cirque du Soleil, but nothing like this!” A couple months before my best friend Rachel came to visit, she told me she’d like to see a show at Moulin Rouge while we were in Paris. It was an expensive ticket, but as it turns out, it was […]
Visiting the Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. I was there on my first trip to Europe in 1994, but I got to return with Rachel during our week in Paris. After seeing the Chartres Cathedral, we hopped back on the train and up to Versailles to explore […]
One of my favorite things Rachel and I did during our week in Paris was book a day trip to the Loire Valley. I wanted to see castles, Rachel wanted to taste lots of French wine, so this trip was a win-win. It was a long day, but well worth it.
I didn’t have much desire to go back to Paris, but when my friend Rachel said she really wanted to go there after visiting me in Berlin, I couldn’t say no. While planning our week in Paris, I realized Chartres Cathedral was within day trip distance, and I really wanted to see it.
In general, I do not like French food. It’s too fancy, and sometimes too weird, for me. So when my friend Rachel said she wanted to go to Paris while she came to visit me, I decided a food tour of Paris might be a good way to introduce her to French cuisine as well […]
Recently the bulk of my time has been focused on moving stress and just staying afloat. I’ve gotten way behind on blogging about our winter trip, and I’ve been dealing with some big dietary changes. But finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. As this post goes live, movers are lugging our […]
Our stay in Nice, France was just a quick two night stay intended to break up the long journey between Brussels, Belgium and Rimini, Italy. The only touristy thing we did was go to the top of Castle Hill, where there once was a castle but there is no more. From up there, the views […]
When Andy and I set off on our Beyond Vacation kick-off trip, I decided to keep track of every penny we spent. There were two reasons for this. We’ve never really tracked our travel spending, and I wanted to know how much it costs for us to travel for more than a week or two. […]