Today is the French National Day, celebrated every year on the 14th of July. Though I no longer live in France, I will always be grateful for my time there. It’s the country that first lured me to Europe. It’s where I met, and then married my husband. And it’s where I have had some of the most valuable experiences of my life so far. It’s so much more than Paris and the Côte d’Azur, and I wish everyone the opportunity to visit someday.

We had a blast camping in Yellowstone National Park two summers ago. The combination of spectacular scenery, wild animals and geothermal features makes this one of my favorite trips we’ve ever taken. Early June was still a little chilly for tent camping, but it warmed up beautifully during the day. And by going in the shoulder season, we beat the peak summer crowds. Totally worth those freezing nights and frosty mornings! Even though we only had 4 days, I’m amazed at how much we saw. Here… Read more »

After our recent adventure on the Cotopaxi volcano, I have a newfound respect for mountaineers. Though I had suspected it before, now I also know that mountaineering will probably not become my newest hobby.

Walking back to our apartment one night after dinner, we got caught in the most fantastic thunderstorm. I have never seen as much lightning before or since, despite growing up in Florida.

Niagara Falls is yet another highly touristic destination that I had very little desire to visit until finding myself so close to it that I couldn’t justify not visiting. And again, like with Stonehenge, I was wrong.

Rovinj is a beautiful little Adriatic town located on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia. It’s an easy day-trip from various towns in Italy, including Venice, but is also a convenient base from which to explore Istria.