• International
  • Arriving in Marseille


    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
  • Farmers Markets and Francy Sundays


    If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been hanging close to home lately. And while I’m counting down to the next getaway (NOLA in 5 days), I’m also luxuriating in the opportunity to be cozy at home and exercise some of those rituals I adopt from my travels. It’s my way […]

  • About Travel
  • Painting Memories


    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


    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 […]

  • International
  • Nice is Nice


    So far so good. We arrived in Nice with our luggage. We communicated with the bus station clerk and found our route to the apartment. We boarded the bus and I sat, with Travis standing beside me so that a little girl could take the remaining chair. The logistics of vacation was going well. We […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 7


    Reims   There’s something you really need to understand about Reims. As you’re reading this, if you’re not familiar with the city or the French language in general, you’re reading it as Reems. Don’t worry, I did too. In pre-trip planning we would look up the pronunciation of Reims and become confused. Everything we looked […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 6


    Anniversary Day   We’ve got to get that carousel marked off the list. We spend the morning walking through Montmartre and checking out the carousel and the Montmartre funicular (included in our metro pass). We have croissants and coffee at a lovely sidewalk cafe. We go back to the Biscuiterie de Montmartre and purchase macarons […]

  • International
  • Paris – Day 5


    Musée du Louvre (€12/person, €24 total) We’re basically going here because everyone has said we have to. The funny thing is that all of the people who tell you to go don’t sound like they had much fun themselves. They’ll tell you about how crowded it was and how the Mona Lisa was small and the […]