Two Perfect Days in Positano

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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.  [Read more…]


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Travel Guide: Rome

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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!  [Read more…]

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…]

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…]