• International
  • Arriving in Marseille

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    First you travel. The excitement of going masks the boredom of getting there. You get on a plane, then off. Then on, then off. Then on, then off. You plan to sleep over the ocean, but the airline is determined to feed you. Every time you get comfortable and start to sleep, they come through […]

  • Domestic
  • Socca

    It was an afterthought on the end of the walk. We had spent the last two hours walking the streets of Nice with Gaétan, a volunteer from the Greeter organization. Now near the end of our time, he suggested we take a table on the sidewalk bistro and try some traditional Niçoise faire. The carafe […]

  • About Travel
  • Long Overdue Update

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    Normally I don’t worry too much about the blog posting schedule. Jess and I think it’s more important to write when we have something to write and wait for inspiration when we don’t. But lately, our lack of posting isn’t due to lack of inspiration. We’ve had no time to write because we’re too busy doing […]

  • International
  • Faking French in Brussels

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    Our train pulled into the station early Sunday morning. It wasn’t until we stepped off of the train and onto the platform that we realized our mistake. Above our heads was a sign directing us towards exits and other trains. After a week in Germany we were feeling pretty confident in our elementary German skills. […]

  • International
  • Munich – in an email

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    My friend Ashlee is headed to Munich this summer and asked for some info. I was more than happy to email her with some info I thought she’d appreciate. Here’s what I  told her: We found a lot of the places we visited through SpottedByLocals. The quality of the posts varies a lot based on […]

  • International
  • A rainy night in Frankfurt

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    We arrived just before noon on a Monday. As with so many European trips, we went directly from the plane, to baggage claim, to a subway train and didn’t experience the Frankfurt weather until we stepped out of the Konstablerwache stop near our hotel. We were greeted with light rain and a gloomy sky – a […]

  • International
  • The Soccer Fan

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    We are on our way back to Köln, after the Borussia Mönchengladbach soccer game. The bus that took us from the stadium to the train station was a happy party. Packed full of fans that just watched their team win, the bus literally swayed side to side as it made its way back to the […]

  • About Travel
  • Painting Memories

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    Since returning from Nice, you could say I’ve been a bit obsessed. In the span of a few weeks, I’ve created seven palm tree paintings, and I’ve got at least one more to go. While in Nice, we saw an exhibit of Raoul Dufy’s work and it set off fireworks in my brain. So I’ve […]

  • International
  • Smashing Pennies

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    It’s 8:00 a.m. and we’re up and dressed, on vacation. We’ve taken a bus and a tram to arrive on a side of Nice we haven’t visited yet. Here we’re boarding the elusive Bus 82. We were up late the night before, studying time tables to make sure we knew how to navigate the public […]