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Coastal Getaway in Cornwall, England You know we love to travel, and I am determined to keep up the explorations with the little one in tow.

Well, this is the largest picture of my toes on the internet, that's for sure. Although I typically hate toe pics (I mean, toes are

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Since returning from our snowy vacation out west, I’ve found myself day dreaming of the next trip on our list.  It’s no secret to Matt that I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust and am always researching destinations even a week after we’ve returned from vacation. I honestly think my thirst for travel is insatiable.

On the way back from Vail, during our layover in O’hare, we heard them announce final boarding for Munich over the loud speaker and we both looked at each other with a raised eyebrow like, “Munich?”.

Hey friends!  I'm posting today from gorgeous Vail, Colorado where Matt and I are getting some winter R&R.  We're exploring the much changed town we

positano recap 1

It’s our very last city guide from our European adventure and it’s bitter sweet to be done.  I was reliving each moment as I put together these posts and now, looking through these photos was making me miss Italy so much, and I can’t believe it’s been over a month since we returned.

Our last few days were spent in Positano, a town on the Almafi coast.  After being in Cinque Terre earlier on in the trip, I kind of expected the same vibe, and although both areas are colorful fishing villages situated ever so carefully on a rocky mountainside, they had a different vibe to them altogether.

We weren’t as active during this part of the trip because it was the last few days of a super long trip, but we still managed to squeeze about as much out of this small town as two days would allow. 

earnest travels rome

We’re almost to the end of the trip recaps!  Can you believe it?   I can’t believe it was a month ago we were there.  Rome was our second-to-last stop and like every other city, we took it by storm. I’ve heard plenty of people say that it would take two lifetimes to see everything Rome has to offer, and I believe it.  We did our best with three days, and although we didn’t scratch the surface, we were happy with what we were able to accomplish – and how much fun we had in the process. Three days in Rome starts here! 

cinque terre in 36 hours

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. 

earnest travels switzerland

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).

beaune recap 2

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! 

earnest travels paris recap

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!

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

packing for a two week trip to europe

We leave this week for our anniversary trip to Europe and I have already started my packing (total honesty, I started last week!). Packing has been a little bit of a stressor this time for a few reasons.  Firstly, because of the wide array of activities and places we’ll be during our trip.  From fancy dinners and sightseeing in Paris to hiking and paragliding (!!!) in Switzerland to wine touring in Tuscany, to bumming at the beaches in southern Italy and finally sightseeing in Rome (see the full itinerary here and here).

The second reason I was stressing a bit about packing was because I wanted to pack very light.  We’ll be staying in lots of towns where we cannot drive into the city center, so parking outside the city, then walking in will be necessary.  I am not about to be that girl dragging a giant roller bag up cobblestone steps. Not my style.

I knew I had a tall order ahead of me… I want to look so chic in Paris and Rome, but need to be practical.  I did something I’d never done before and employed help.  Local wardrobe stylists Angela and Cara of Redress Columbus came by last week to sort through my closet and pull together an amazing travel wardrobe that all fits in a carryon.  This is something I never thought I would have needed – I mean, I dress nice… I’m creative… I have cool clothes… right? (right?!) but the outfits that came out of this session were things I would have never put together and we ended up with over 35 outfits to create out of just 18 pieces not including shoes and accessories.  Here’s what we choose, a few of my favorite outfits that we came up with, and some behind the scenes action!