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 indefinitely. Please check their website & Facebook page prior to making plans to visit & send a prayer up to those whose lives have been severely impacted by […]

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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 journal is the cruising 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 prime spot […]

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