Exploring Holland’s National Parks

One of the things I love most about the U.S. is our National Park System. I don’t know if all Americans realize how lucky we are to have not only a large number of parks, but also ones that is well maintained. I’m always curious to visit other country’s national parks; Canada, for instance, has […]

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Dordrecht: South Holland’s Oldest City

One of my favorite things about traveling around Europe is exploring old small towns – we just don’t have old in the United States! A stop in Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city, is a must for anyone who adores small towns, quirky architecture & being the only American around for miles (this is not a bad thing). […]

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48 Hours in Rotterdam

Admit it: when someone asks you to name a city in Holland, your first response is “Amsterdam.” It’s only natural, right? But your answer should be Holland’s youngest city, Rotterdam. Situated along the Maas River, South Holland’s largest city was leveled by bombing in WWII, but has bounced back fabulously & is well worth adding to […]

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Holland: First Thoughts

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a whirlwind few days exploring the Netherlands as a guest of Visit Holland. Heading there with very little knowledge of the country meant that everything was a new discovery – which is exactly how I like to travel. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, […]

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17 Books for 2017 – Halfway There

A few years ago, in an effort to start reading more, I started an Instagram challenge to encourage myself – & others – to read at least one book per month. In 2015, my first year, I challenged myself to read 12 books & only made it through 11. But in 2016, I kicked butt & […]

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Life Lately – According to Instagram

Life lately? It has been a little crazy – a little travel, a lot of work, some ups, some downs. While it has been a little quiet on my blog, I’m always posting over on Instagram. If you don’t follow me over there (tisk!) here’s what I’ve been up to the last month or so: […]

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Iceland Summer Packing List

The number one question I get about our trip to Iceland is: “I’m going this summer – what do I pack?” This isn’t surprising since, I was also stumped on what to pack for Iceland’s “summer,” where temperatures & precipitation can swing wildly in a matter of minutes. Here is everything I packed – & how […]

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Hotel Review: Casablanca Hotel

My love of Library Hotel Collection properties is pretty well known: after falling hard for the Library Hotel, I’ve also enjoyed stays at Hotel Giraffe & one of their newest properties,  Aria Hotel in Budapest. But what about their original NYC hotel, a property consistently ranked number one or two in New York City on […]

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Plane Spotting in St. Maarten

I had one request for my 35th birthday: head to St. Maarten for a long weekend of plane spotting. If you love planes (& tropical locations), this is a bucket list trip! Here are some of my favorite shots from the long weekend. From Sunset Bar on Maho Beach: From Sonesta Ocean Point Resort… From […]

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Hotel Review: Sonesta Maho Beach

Note: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on St. Maarten, all Sonesta properties on the island (Maho Beach, Ocean Point & Great Bay) are closed through the end of the year. Please check their website & Facebook page prior to making plans to visit & send a prayer up to those whose lives […]

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