Hotel Review: Sonesta Maho Beach

Because I’m married to the best man on the planet, for my 35th birthday in mid-March, B surprised me with a trip I’ve been nagging him to go on for years: a long weekend in St. Maarten to watch the planes land at Princess Juliana International Airport over Maho Beach. The preferred plane spotting hotel, […]

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Hanging Out in Mission Beach, California

Every four years, America swears in a new president &, while it’s a peaceful transition, it creates a number of security headaches in the DC area. We always use the opportunity to get the heck out of town & explore somewhere new. This year, we decided to head west & rent a beach cottage in San Diego’s […]

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Winter in Austria & Germany

Since it has been so unseasonably warm on the U.S. east coast this winter, we had no idea that our Viking River Cruise last December would basically be the only taste of winter we got the entire season. Some of our favorite memories of the trip are from exploring winter in Austria & Germany. Austria: Göttweig […]

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Prague

During my first international solo trip to Prague last December, following our Viking River Cruise, I hemmed & hawed about where to stay before deciding on the Four Seasons Prague. My decision to stay there was largely driven by its location: right next to the Charles Bridge & a five minute walk to Old Town Square. […]

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Exploring Prague by Walking Tour

One of my favorite ways to get acquainted with a new city is to go on an organized walking tour. It’s the chance to stretch the ol’ legs, learn the lay of the land &, best of all, get recommendations from a local. So when I decided to visit Prague on my first big international solo […]

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Spending a Day in Salzburg

To prepare for our day in Salzburg, we did what any rational person would do: stayed up way too late watching (& singing to) The Sound of Music. Luckily, Viking River Cruises stocks their cabin TVs with movies that are relevant to their itinerary (we watched Amadeus the night before, in preparation of our trip […]

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Cruising Through the Wachau Valley

One of the highlights of any Danube River cruise is the voyage through the Wachau Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a beautiful stretch of Austria with green rolling hills, miles of vineyards, tiny little towns & impressive castles & churches. We enjoyed cruising through the valley on a sunny, cold afternoon. With a […]

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Waltzing Through Vienna

Vienna, Austria is best known for its role in music, history, coffee & the waltz. We visited this surprisingly cosmopolitan city, illuminated by beautiful Christmas lights, on a very cold day in December on our Viking River Cruise down the Danube. The route below hits the highlights of our day, including plenty of stops to take advantage of Vienna’s […]

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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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