France countryside gem: Monet’s garden Giverny

August 5, 2019
Girl on green bridge at Giverny

Going to Monet’s garden and famous house was like being in a dream. I’d always loved his paintings of a green bridge over water lilies and I’ve now experienced the same vantage point as one of my favorite impressionist artists. Logistically, it’s very easy to get to Giverny if you book a tour package through their site. The operator is ParisCityVision and they also offer other tours for…


Paris sightseeing beyond the Eiffel Tower

July 29, 2019

Paris was a bucket list destination for me since I was young. In school I always wanted to study French, but it was never available for me to take. (Unfortunately in my experience U.S. public schools, especially in the South, are extremely limited in language offerings). When I decorated my dorm room I carefully selected and framed two posters: one of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and…


The best of Old Town Prague

July 22, 2019
Colloredo Mansfeld Palace Prague

Our airbnb (sign up through my link for $40 off) wasn’t very close to Old Town Prague, but it was the most serene oasis! We loved the outdoor area and everything was so comfortable. There are a lot of coffee shops nearby so we picked up lunch to go and ate in the garden. It’s too far to walk to the center, but transport in Prague is really…


Connecting canals and more Amsterdam attractions

July 15, 2019
Girl in front of canal bridge in Amsterdam

Going to Amsterdam is inspirational! Everyone bicycles to work and looks happy and healthy. The canals are beautiful and it’s a very picturesque place. We stayed in an airbnb near the museumplein, which was a charming area that is easy to walk around. The airbnb was adorable, full of colorful design and very quiet. Read on for my favorite Amsterdam attractions. We flew to Amsterdam from Barcelona, it…


Your three day Barcelona travel guide

July 8, 2019
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Barcelona was the first city we visited when traveling to Europe this spring. I was very excited to see the famed architecture and experience the laid-back bohemian vibe. I’m not used to eating late or siestas so make sure to plan accordingly! Restaurants will close in the afternoon and do not reopen until 7pm or later. Our airbnb was in a nice and quiet residential area (about 40…


Santorini island is the ideal paradise

July 1, 2019
Girl three domed blue church in Oia Santorini

Santorini island is definitely an oasis – this was my most relaxing stay during this trip to Europe. We flew Olympic (operated by Aegean Air, one of my favorite airlines) to the small airport in Thira on their one-a-day 7:00 am flight. When we arrived I realized I’d screwed up our airport transfer but thankfully there’s a company Yafy that will take you to Oia for 12 euros…


Ultimate Budapest travel guide

June 20, 2019
Girl at Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Budapest had been on my list to visit for some time and I finally got to spend three days exploring this April. Budapest was really pleasant in the spring but it looks especially picturesque in winter. It’s possible to get a really luxurious accommodation via airbnb that is also really economical. The apartment we stayed in had a huge TV room, beautiful kitchen and spacious bath. (Get $30…


Dubrovnik old town – explore Croatia

June 16, 2019
Girl overlooking Dubrovnik Croatia

Croatia was my favorite stop during my most recent trip to Europe. I’ve been to a lot of beautiful cities, but Dubrovnik old town was hands-down the most unique due to the city walls. I’m not a Game of Thrones fan, but I couldn’t help but feel transported to medieval times walking around this historic area. We stayed in a cool airbnb that had an atmospheric stone interior,…

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