Exploring Budapest

Budapest had long been on our list of places to visit, so we arrived a day early for our Viking River Cruise to explore the city a bit. It’s no wonder that Budapest is nicknamed the Pearl of the Danube, as this ancient city with an often turbulent history is truly a wonder to discover. […]

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2016 Year in Review

2016. What a year. This year kind of stunk, didn’t it? It feels like the world is a little off kilter these days, so I think it’s important to look back at the things that actually went well this year. Here are some of my (& your!) favorite moments of 2016. Instagram This photo sharing app […]

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12 Books in 2016: An Update

Back in May, I told you about my quest to read 12 books this year. Well let me tell you what: I blew that goal right out of the water! I’m confident that I’m going to finish not 12 books this year, but 24 (must do some power reading in the next few days to […]

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Hotel Review: Aria Hotel Budapest

One of the first decisions we made after booking our Viking River Cruise trip was to fly into Budapest, our embarkation city, the day before to give us a chance to stretch our legs & explore a city that has long been on our travel bucket list. While there are many places to stay in Hungary’s capital, the Aria Hotel […]

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A Visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets

Our week long trip to some of Europe’s most festive, vibrant Christmas & Advent Markets on the Viking River Jarl was exactly what we needed to get into the holiday spirit. One thing that surprised us was not only how different each market was from town to town, but also how different markets were within each city. […]

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Cruise Review: A Journey Down the Danube on the Viking Jarl

We are back from our incredible Christmas markets journey down the Danube on Viking River Cruises! River cruising is so different than ocean cruising, I think we’re both still trying to wrap our heads around it (& catch up from jet lag!). But there’s one thing we both definitely agreed on: the Viking Jarl made […]

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50 Things I Love About Barbados – In Photos

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from the UK & I’m sure that Bajans have cooked up one heck of a lime (that’s their word for party). This dot in the Caribbean holds a soft spot in my heart from the years my Dad lived there as an ex-pat. The friendly locals, delicious […]

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Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

Update: Thanks to all who entered! A winner will be picked soon. Happy Holidays! It’s so hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner – where has the year gone?! This year, I wanted share with you some of my favorite things that would make awesome gifts (for yourself, or others!) &, as […]

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My Favorite Evening in Iceland

Our third night in Iceland was spent in a tiny town (population: 120) whose name I cannot pronounce (Kirkjubæjarklaustur), watching the Iceland men’s national soccer team lose in the quarter finals of the Euro Cup & eating dinner surrounded by loud Americans in our hotel’s dining room. And yet this was my favorite evening of our […]

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48 Hours in Reykjavik

I think it’s safe to say that Iceland is the hottest travel destination on the planet right now & the majority of visitors spend the bulk of their time in Reykjavik. This capital city feels part Scandinavian, part European, part eclectic town. 48 hours is the average length of time that visitors (especially stopover visitors) […]

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