Travel Guide: Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg isn’t just cute; it’s overwhelmingly picturesque. With half-timbered buildings, winding streets, and flowing canals it almost feels like a storybook. The region has a rich history that is both deeply French and German, but altogether unique. Here’s my guide to exploring (and eating and drinking) your way through the premier city of Alsace. Before…

Winter Walking in Tirol, Austria

Are you looking for mountain views that will take your breath away? Are you wanting to feel that crisp mountain air? Are you wanting take part in some Alpine winter activities? Then you need to go to Tirol, Austria. Look how gorgeous that is! Tirol is seriously the place to be if you’re wanting to have an…

Our Budapest Trip

To ring in 2017 we went to Budapest, Hungary. It’s a gorgeous city with rich history, and we had an amazing time! I ended up guest blogging about our trip over on the travel blog of Americans Working Around the Globe, an organization that works to strengthen and connect American communities worldwide. Be sure to read…

Budget Spa Weekend in Mariánské Lázně

Does this dreary winter weather have anybody else just like…UGH? It’s been so cold for so long here in Germany that my mind is just frozen (which is just like fried, but the cold version). With a beach vacation a little unrealistic with budget and time constraints, the next best thing I could think of…

How to Get Snow Gear on a Budget

Let me tell you, I’ve come a long way since my first European ski trip last season. I had no clothes for snow sports, and I didn’t want to spend the money on expensive gear. I didn’t even really know if I liked skiing yet! I wish I knew then that you didn’t have to…

A Day in Karlovy Vary

With my family visiting me here in Germany we planned a few big sights to see, but we also wanted to go to a few more unusual places. Karlovy Vary was at the top of my list. It’s a beautiful Czech town with tons of character that’s perfect for a day trip or weekend. We got to sample…

Travel Essentials

Later this month my mom and sister will be visiting me here in Germany and I can’t wait! We’ll do a bit of sightseeing in Bavaria, Polish pottery shopping Poland, and also head to Paris for 4 days. Prepping for their visit has got me thinking about all of the things I need to pack with me…

The Largest Pumpkin Festival in the World

If you visit Germany in fall and are looking for a little pumpkin flavor, keep your eye out for the word kürbis, which means pumpkin. If you’re looking for pumpkin overload, head to Ludwigsburg’s Kürbisausstellung, the world’s largest pumpkin festival. While you won’t exactly find pumpkin spice lattes or oreos, I promise you won’t be disappointed….

Normandy – Part III

The last full day of our Normandy trip was spent visiting the beaches, monuments, museums, and towns involved in D-Day. The history in this area is almost overwhelming, and I wish we had planned more time to fully explore. We started at Omaha Beach. There are several monuments along the beach, and it’s amazing to…

Normandy – Part II

We simply could not travel to Normandy without visiting the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, an island church turned prison turned national monument over the years. We began our visit with a lovely walk up to the island. The surrounding town is a labyrinth of shops, restaurants, gardens, and look outs with views of the bay. After wandering…

Normandy – Part I

I mentioned in my last post that my husband and I were going on vacation, so here’s the first post on our Normandy, France travels. I don’t think that saying ‘I love champagne’ really gets the point across. I like loooove champagne. My budget doesn’t always love it, but living in Germany makes it easy to…

Berchtesgaden – Part II

The highlight of any trip to Berchtesgadener Land is certainly taking in the natural beauty of Lake Königssee. The mountains rise up from the edge of the lake, making for gorgeous views. You can take boat tours around the lake, and there are hiking trails in the surrounding national park. We had heard that the…