A Grecian Vacation: Crete, Greece

As we boarded the late ferry in Thira, Santorini we watched the bright, cliffside villages get smaller and smaller. We weren’t saying goodbye to our vacation though, we were headed to the large island of Greece called Crete for one last summer getaway. Most of our adventures are just that, adventures and often packed with lots of surprises, sometimes lessons learned, and well sometimes some unexpected inconveniences, which was what our entry to Crete was. A huge inconvenience.  (more…)

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A Grecian Vacation: Santorini, Greece

Prior to reaching this ‘top places to visit’ worthy island, our stay in Athens had topped any other trip we have ever taken. While it was defintely a top item on my bucket list it was also a little bit of work. Work, in the sense of having items that we HAD to see and a mild schedule daily to make sure that we could fit it all in daily, in a timely manner. Most of our trips are this way and we don’t mind, however it’s so nice to have a trip from time to time that is purely a relaxing vacation. That is exactly what the island of Santorini was for us. It was an island of whites and blues and it was pure bliss! (more…)

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A Grecian Vacation: Athens, Greece

Athens. This was the start of a love affair for me. When I attended my first Architectural History lecture at Texas Tech University {Guns Up!}. This class was daunting and boring, I must admit. A dry professor that just clicked his slides, reading the names of these historical pieces, the architect, the year, the significance etc. We were expected to memorize hundreds for every quiz. But the Acropolis. This one stuck with me even after my brain dump that always came shortly after an exam. For many reasons it’s held a special place in my heart, even before our introduction, on this trip I’m about to share with you.

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Cinque Terre, Italia- Part 2

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The hiking trails in the Cinque Terre national park were beautiful and such an escape away from the tiny hustling tourist villages. We were able to explore them on our second day. We rose early in the morning and hiked the trail from Monterosso to Manarola. Most of the trails after that were unfortunately still closed so we hopped the train from Manarola to Corniglia and then on to Vernazza again. We couldn’t get enough of the sunset of that little village. We climbed up to the hilltop view above the vineyards to watch the sun fall across the ocean one last time. (more…)

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Cinque Terre, Italia- Part One

 

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At the last leg of our Italian adventure we made our way to a nook along the Italian Riviera- Cinque Terre. What’s referred to as ‘The Five Lands” is a collection of five villages that are connected by a trail through the cliff sides. It’s easiest to travel to these villages via boat or by train. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Monarola, and Riomaggiore are strung along the coast featuring colorful houses stacked and stacked upon one another with small restaurants and tourist shops nestled in between. We chose this destination to be the last of our trip so that we could truly experience some relaxation and some outdoors adventures and though the end of our trip, this portion had quite a memorable story along with it (Bear with me while I tell it!). (more…)

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Firenze, Italia- Part 2

Guys, the winter blues is for real. It’s not playing around here in Germany. I have had a really hard time trying to find the motivation to do anything productive to be honest, and as my to do list grew and grew I became even more uninterested in getting started. To say that I am ready for spring is such an under-statement! At least I can look back on these photos of Italy and pretend that I’m in the September sunshine! So getting back to our Florence trip. Here is the second part and I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet (ha! you guys know I really do try right?) so you can just look at all the pretty pictures and then continue watching your videos of cats doing weird things. Yep, I’m talking to you.

On our third day in Florence, we enjoyed the morning in our cute apartment and then ventured into some of the small local shops, finding souvenirs like wax seals and antique prints- you know, the Italian necessities. (more…)

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Firenze, Italia- Part 1

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Well- the holidays in the UK were a whirlwind (more on that later!). Now that they have settled down I can get back to sharing our European travels with you!

Welcome to Florence, Italy. Home of the San Lorenzo Market and the astonishing Duomo Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore. This is one of our all time favorite cities throughout Europe. It contains a mix of backpackers, young college students studying abroad, international tourists, re-located italians, and the quintessential Firenze local. The ease of this city is what draws us to it the most. The amount of art history that engulfs Florence is so romantic. I dream of living here in the summers, studying art and walking through the squares and markets daily. It is more than beautiful. My husband and I made our way here after our days in Rome. We traveled by train and caught a taxi to our apartment we rented. We chose to stay in a locals area to immerse ourselves in the culture. It was the perfect choice.

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Roma, Italia Part 2

Our first day in Rome was a doozy. Over walking and under eating, trying to check things off the list in an attempt to see it all we’re some of the things that did us in. And yes, we succeeded! When we woke on day 2 we had a different plan for the day, we took it a little slower and admittedly we slept in a little. To be fair, we had just traveled a 14 hour flight across the country to Germany and then caught a flight immediately to Rome, so we were running on fumes our first day. We owed it to the sites we were about to see to get some beauty rest! Todays agenda included going to see the Roman Forum and the colosseum. Unfortunately we didn’t plan very well and didn’t make it to the Colosseum before they closed so we got to stare at the exterior for a little while, which was equally impressive!

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Roma, Italia Part 1

When my husband proposed to me it was late summer in the beautifully humid Savannah, Ga. It was July 5th. We planned on having a year engagement and getting married in our home state, Texas, the next fall. That was the plan anyways. I am most definitely, by definition, a planner, so more simply put, that was MY plan. When that Christmas came around we learned that if we were stationed in Germany my husband would deploy soon after. This meant that the months leading up to it would be held hostage. They would be set aside for training and in-processing and other things of the like. Needless to say, I figured out really quick that I could never plan anything now that I was living the military life. We had to push our wedding up almost 8 months, choose a holiday so that I knew for sure my fiancé (at the time) could actually make the wedding, and I had to plan the entire operation in 6 weeks. It was a whirlwind and it was beautiful. (more…)

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Introducing: My long awaited travel blog!

I feel like a kid on Christmas! I have been waiting, hoarding 100’s, no- more like 1000’s of photos to share. I didn’t want to post a million photos to social media, and I really just couldn’t justify limiting my photos to a Facebook album, that (lets be honest) no one ever looks through all of. This entire website has been a thought for a long time. When my husband, David, and I first moved to Germany I told myself I was going to start a travel blog and have a nice place to share all of our adventures, but then I got into a rut.

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