An Itinerary for the Interesting Isle of Man

Located halfway between the Island of Great Britain and Ireland lies a small island known as the Isle of Man (sometimes spelled Mann). And while it’s technically a British Crown Dependency, it governs itself and was never a part of any of the Kingdoms of Great Britain. The Manx are a fiercely proud people and…

Llandudno, the Queen of the Welsh Water Places

“Taking the waters” has long been a popular activity for those living on the Isle of Great Britain. In fact bathing in special springs has been said to have healing benefits even before the Romans arrived on the island. By Queen Victoria’s reign, however, doctors began to suggest that inhabitants of the island venture to…

5 Ways to Learn Something New in Cambridge

I love learning new things, especially about history, but also about languages, art, architecture, flowers, cities and everything in between. I’ve spent a lot of time in Cambridge in the last couple of weeks and I’ve discovered some new (and rediscovered some previously experienced) ways to learn something new while in the city. I hadn’t…

Tim Speaks: his reflections on expat life after three years

Three years ago today we got on a plane and changed our lives. With six suitcases in tow, Tim and I headed for a country we’d never seen to start our first expat adventure together. Reading this blog you always get my views, thoughts and opinions on expat life and the traveling we do. What…

My Top Five European Churches

One of my favorite things about traveling to different countries is viewing their culture through architecture. And there is nothing quite like the architecture built by religious organizations, especially centuries ago when the church was an even more influential and integral part of society. Often churches were the tallest and most intricate buildings in the…

Why Slovenia Should be Your Next Vacation Destination

Located at the tip of the Balkans and long utilized as a crossroads for traders between Germany, the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Mediterranean, Slovenia’s culture is a mix of many different cultures and unlike any place I’ve ever been. Never really on our list of places to head to, when Tim’s coworker suggested we head…

Two Days in Amsterdam

Day 1 Breakfast at your hotel This isn’t a hard and fast rule since there are tons of delicious breakfast options in Amsterdam (like Danish pancakes), but for me, my travel rule is, if the hotel offers breakfast, it’s worth it to just easily start my day without having to search for a place to…

Stepping into the Stone Age at Kents Caverns

The island on which we live is steeped in history. From ruins of Roman towns to Medieval Castles, you can find history wherever you turn in the United Kingdom. But history of man on the island far exceeds medieval kings and queens and even ancient Rome and we experienced this history first hand a couple…

Eight Excursions to take in Beautiful Budapest

Originally three cities split by the Danube river, Buda, Pest (said Pesht), and Old Pest are now united as one large Hungarian capital, Budapest. Budapest is a beautiful city full of amazing architecture, delicious foods and a history of being taken over by it’s neighbors. But Hungarians are resilient and their capital is now a…

Five Ways to Spend a Weekend in Porto

Climb the Torre dos Cliergos One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city is to climb the tallest height and survey the city below. This leads to some of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen. Porto was no different. The Torre dos Cliergos is a bell tower attached to the…