Three Days in Cinque Terre

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I cannot wait to share this portion of our recent European adventure with you all.  I have been biting at the bit to share more about Cinque Terre because it was a highlight of our trip.  The entire experience was indescribable.  Take this photo for example… there isn’t one filter or edit used on it. The sky and town just looked like that. I kept saying over and over again to Matt, “I just can’t believe this place!” One of the reasons we may have liked Cinque Terre so much is because it was so different in every way imaginable from our previous stops in Paris, Beaune, and Lauterbrunnen.  It was full of natural wonder with a colorful explosion just dropped into the center. The people were so incredibly warm and inviting, which led to some of the humorous experiences we had. Plus, coming off of the trouble we had in Switzerland, we reveled in the sunshine and spirit that we found in Cinque Terre.  Where to start, where to start… I suppose I should pick up where we left off.  [Read more…]


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36 Hours in Switzerland

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We are continuing today on the recap of our recent adventures through three countries of Europe!  I already posted about our experiences and recommendations in Paris and in Burgundy, but after leaving the French countryside, we continued on to the mountain villages of Switzerland.  Although we drove through Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Interlaken, and Lucerne (on the way out) we spend the majority of our time in the Jungfrau mountain region in the town of Lauterbrunnen.  We did stop off in Gruyeres on the way into Switzerland just because when you love cheese like I do, you can’t drive through a mecca like that and not stop.

I’m sharing all of the details of our stay from where we slept to what we did and where we ate.  Honestly, though, it’s a little bitter-sweet to look back on our time in Switzerland.  Although we ran into nothing but super friendly people, we happened to be there at kind of an ‘off’ time and then on our last day, we ran into a bit of trouble.  Here’s what happened (and it’s quite the novel, so grab a warm up on your coffee). [Read more…]

36 Hours in Burgundy

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It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been back for about a week.  It seems that Burgundy was ages ago, when really it was just two and a half weeks. Isn’t it crazy how memories fade in such a short amount of time? These photos are bringing it all back for me.  The wine, the countryside, the fresh air, and the small-town atmosphere were all such a lovely contrast to the bustle of Paris. In just 36 hours in Beaune, we managed to see the same people at multiple bars and restaurants- families eating with their kids, teenagers on dates, and groups of friends relaxing after a workday. It became apparent what a small community it was, but that was fine with us as it gave us a little taste of local french life.  Here is what we did in Beaune!  [Read more…]

What to do in Paris in 3 Days – The Recap

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I am so excited to start sharing about our trip! Overall, we had such a wonderful time.  It was almost too much to soak in because we were moving so fast.  At each new city we’d talk about what we liked most so far from food to experiences.  As we kept piling on new sights and cities, the exercise got even harder and we wound up listing everything.  We started in Paris for three days then drove through Burgundy, into Switzerland, then down along the western coast of Italy ending in Rome.  We chose places to stop along they way that we’d never been to before, so we did a lot of first-timer type things everywhere we went. I think we did a pretty good job of balancing the touristy activities with some more low-key exploring.

Let’s talk about Paris.  Paris was beautiful.  I don’t know what I expected, but I think it was prettier than what I expected.  I have heard people talk about it being dingy or dirty, but I must not have seen that side of it. The weather was gorgeous and sunny while we were there (which is apparently not typical for April) but we were very glad to have had it because we walked a ton. Here is what we did in three days with some insider information on some of our favorite restaurants and activities!

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And We’re Off!

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Today’s the day!  We’re headed off to Paris and from there Burgundy, then Switzerland, then down through Italy and finally ending in Rome.  We’ll be gone over two weeks and will, of course, be sharing it on Instagram! A giant thank you to all of you for your advice and travel suggestions over the past few months.  If you want a peek a the full itinerary, catch them here and here.

This trip is different than any other.  In the 4 years I’ve been blogging I’ve taken a multitude of trips… 7 trips to Hong Kong and China, 3 trips to India, 2 trips to Hawaii, 2 to Mexico and countless other weekends here and there throughout the states. On all of these trips, I’ve continued to blog every day whether it was for business or for vacation.  This will be the first time in four years that I’ll have taken a vacation free from any work – blogging or otherwise.  I think for our fifth anniversary, there is no better way to spend it than not working.

I do feel bad leaving you all hanging while I’m off, so I will give you some activities!

First, I cannot wait to see what you all will make for our first ever reader DIY challenge! You have until Monday the 27th to create a project for the challenge! Full details here.

If you’re in the Columbus area – you have got to check out the Columbus Decorators Show House.  If you like design, you’ll love it.

Last, I might not be posting on the blog, but I’m definitely going to be active on Instagram!  I’ll be showing you all peeks of the travels as well as some of the outfits I’ve created out of my seriously edited travel wardrobe.

I hope you guys are all going to be back here on the 27th with a Reader DIY project!  Can’t wait to see you then!

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