• 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 […]

  • International
  • Faking French in Brussels


    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
  • A rainy night in Frankfurt

    Wet streets of Frankfurt

    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


    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


    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 […]