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Travel-Stories

Travel stories, places to go, trip highlights

28 Dec

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When in Rome…

December 28, 2014 | By |

Somehow the end is the beginning is the end. The last city we visited on our year-long honeymoon adventure was Rome… with its abundance of art, history, culture, and food. Read More

14 Dec

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The smallest country in the world, Vatican City

December 14, 2014 | By |

When in Rome… tour the Vatican! Since it is its own sovereign nation, we decided that clearly it needed its own blog entry. It may have less than 1,000 citizens, it may be just about 110 acres (comparison: NYC’s Central Park is 850 acres), and we may only have been there for 4 hours… but it definitely adds a ticker to the list of countries we visited this year. Read More

02 Dec

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A dip into Tuscan culture

December 2, 2014 | By |

In the back of our minds, over our 12 months of travel, we kept searching for a place where we might want to live. And while we both are drawn to return to a few special places, Italy’s Tuscany was the first place where everything felt… just… right. Read More

29 Nov

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Tuscan paradise

November 29, 2014 | By |

One of the most adorable things Italians say is “why not?” Do you want to join for dinner? Pause… Why not?! We started to adopt that attitude in Tuscany, and it led to a completely amazing week. Read More

26 Nov

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The Bates Motel… and our Salvation

November 26, 2014 | By |

We had a memorable (the good, bad, ugly, old, beautiful, you name it) last few days in Umbria. Thankfully, the initial experience opened up the door for us to see a few amazing places. And we were reminded that the most challenging situations are often the best opportunities we have to practice patience (we need more practice). Read More

23 Nov

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Umbria: Amidst the scent of olives

November 23, 2014 | By |

The Italian region of Umbria doesn’t buzz in the ears of tourists, but it was more than worthy of a week’s visit. Dotted with millennia-old hill towns and blanketed by olive groves, Umbria easily catches a heartstring. Read More

14 Nov

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Benvenuto a Italia! Or, 48 hours in Firenze!

November 14, 2014 | By |

I may have been dreaming about my first day in Italy for a lifetime – home of pasta, tiramisu, and damned good red wines. Our first 2 days in Italia we spent in Firenze (aka Florence to us English-speakers), which did not disappoint. Read More

07 Nov

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Does France get any cuter than Brittany?

November 7, 2014 | By |

Brittany is just a few hours outside of Paris and a mecca for many things dear to our hearts (or at least Jewels’s): cider, crepes, oysters, and beautiful landscapes. Our friend Sophie had planned a surprise 4-day road trip for us to contrast our culture shock and city time. Read More

05 Nov

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A drive by the castles of Loire

November 5, 2014 | By |

Our friend Sophie planned an amazing 4-day road trip during our time in France. Without knowing where we were going, we got into her car and headed off to the land of medieval fairy tale castles that are usually the stuff of myths. Read More

02 Nov

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Paris: A Week of Baguettes and Butter

November 2, 2014 | By |

After 11 months on the road, Paris was full of culture-shock and sticker-shock, with a healthy (and then some) dose of fresh baguettes and butter, and lots of time with friends. Read More