the Windy City

As I have mentioned before, a lot of the traveling that Ryan and I have done has been very scheduled.  And what I mean by scheduled, is that I have very meticulously planned out our itinerary (sometimes practically to the minute).  While knowing what we have planned for the day, and knowing that everything is […]

The Great Language Mix-Up

When I was in middle school, I took a two-week long “Intro to French” course as a way to ‘try out‘ a foreign language before committing to one to study in high school.  Well, apparently two weeks was all that I was interested in, because as I have mentioned before, I chose to study the […]

Post-European Blues

The more that we travel to Europe, the more that it has become noticeable.  That feeling we get when we return home and realize how much we miss just about everything from wherever we just came from (well, aside from our bed and very large bathtub).  It seems like we barely settle back into our […]

A Bit of Parisian Advice

On one of our last days in Paris, we made the long walk back to our favorite little cheese shop, Fromagerie Quatrehomme, to pick up some goodies for the next few days.  As we walked home towards our apartment, we conveniently passed by Le Bon Marché (both a department store and culinary wonderland), and so […]

In Monet’s Garden

When I was a little girl, someone gifted me something that left quite an impression on me; the book Linnea in Monet’s Garden, and a Linnea doll.  I remember spending countless hours playing with Linnea and both having my Mom read the book to me, and when I was old enough, reading it myself.  I […]

Museum Style

To be honest, I’ve never really been what you might consider a ‘museum enthusiast’.  And this is definitely an area where Ryan and I differ greatly. While we were still in the early stages of our relationship, Ryan came out to Wisconsin to visit me over our Summer break.  And for some reason, I decided […]

Food Drunk

Food drunk…well, where to even begin?  For Ryan and I, there have been a few standout meals in our lives that are so far beyond our barometer for deliciousness, that we’ve become a little overwhelmed, and, well, food drunk.  We become super chatty about our food, and basically can’t stop “oohing” and “aahing” and talking […]

Paris in the Fall

I can almost remember the exact moment that I first mentioned to Ryan about wanting to visit Paris in the Fall.  It was about nine, maybe even ten years ago, and I was sitting on our bed in our Philadelphia apartment while Ryan was at the desk (most likely playing some sort of video game).  […]

Bonsoir Paris

Arriving in Paris instantly felt like a dream come true.  Truthfully, I had been dreaming about visiting Paris in the Fall for years, and finally, it was here.  I had this picture in my mind of what it would look like – the glittering lights, the falling leaves, the beautiful buildings, the food, the wine […]

Athens

Sometimes plans are a lot better on paper than they are in practice.  And our plans to “quickly” visit Athens for one night was definitely one of those cases.  We knew that we didn’t have a lot of time in Athens, but we were determined to make the most of it.  We had timed out […]