Strasbourg & Colmar, France’s Fairytale Towns

The Alsace region of France was an absolute dream. A real life Disneyland Toontown if you will. It was like we were transported into the cartoon. Only a short 1 hour 45 minute direct train from Paris, Strasbourg is easily worth a visit on your next trip to France. We visited in December during the … Continue reading Strasbourg & Colmar, France’s Fairytale Towns

Munich: Maybe Another Time?

By the time we arrived in Munich it was snowing. Neither Jamie or I have been in falling snow for quite some time. It was magical when the first flakes fell upon our upturned faces. Our hotel was right down the street from the train station. It was conveniently located in walking distance to nearby neighborhoods and … Continue reading Munich: Maybe Another Time?

The Beautiful Musical Culture of Vienna

Once the capitol of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna still retains the cultivated air of royalty and luxury even if it no longer commands the same territory it once did. The seat of the Hapsburg dynasty, Vienna controlled Austria as well as Hungary and more in the Empire's prime. It was often referred to as … Continue reading The Beautiful Musical Culture of Vienna

Top Things to do in Florence and Tuscany

Florence Overview Florence is an art lovers dream. You could easily spend two weeks or more here visiting a new museum filled with wonderous works of art, historical pieces and odes to religious devotion. To begin with, the Duomo itself is an architectural masterpiece. The intricacy and color captured our imaginations immediately. I've never seen … Continue reading Top Things to do in Florence and Tuscany

The Impact of the Roman Empire

It's impossible to escape the history of this city. Everywhere you look it is filled with ancient sites and monuments to past glories. You can't escape the history of the Roman Empire either. The twin pillars of Western civilization merged together in the ending centuries of this two thousand year empire to form the foundations … Continue reading The Impact of the Roman Empire

Flat Tires and Friendly Strangers in France

Travel isn't all smooth transitions and easy connections followed by uninterrupted exploration. A journey like ours will inevitably run into some hiccups and bumps along the wayYou can't realistically hope for a problem free journey, what you can hope for is kind people and serendipity along the way. Maybe a story or an experience to … Continue reading Flat Tires and Friendly Strangers in France

Dual Faces of Prague

By Austin Clinkenbeard Prague's aesthetic is both the Disney princess and the wicked witch. She is her own twisted step-mother and she is the shining knight who comes to save her. There are two faces to Prague. She is light and grace and forgotten splendor. She is color and water and ancient jewels and armor. She changes, … Continue reading Dual Faces of Prague