Planning A Vacation

I love to travel. I have traveled to 25+ countries and plan on visiting many more. Being an avid traveler takes some strategic planning to be able to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank and causing unnecessary stress. Here are my basic steps to having a great trip. Continue reading Planning A Vacation


Stockholm, Sweden


We traveled to Stockholm, Sweden and stayed for a couple of days before taking a cruise. While Stockholm was an interesting city, seemingly very modern and new compared to a lot of other cities in Europe, I probably would not want to go back to the city but would rather explore the countryside that is supposed to be beautiful.

It was a neat city because I didn’t realize that it is made up of a bunch of different islands.  There is one specific city that is called “Old Town” where the majority of their historical sites and awesome buildings are located. Continue reading Stockholm, Sweden

Best Dogcation – Switzerland!

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We had a really great time spending a long weekend with our dog, Sherlock, in Switzerland.

On our drive into Switzerland we stopped by the Château de Chillon in Montreux.  It is located right on Lake Geneva.  We didn’t go inside because we had our dog, but we explored the outside and it’s beautiful view.  There are easy parking spaces right along the street just past the castle. Continue reading Best Dogcation – Switzerland!

My Irish Pilgrimage

In June of 2014, we completed my number one item on my bucket list.  We took a trip to Ireland! This was definitely my favorite trip so far.  Not only was it all I wanted in the trip, but it also felt like a genuine Irish experience, especially for the region we were in.

The trip started by flying into Kerry airport.  It was the smallest airport I have ever been to.  There were only 2 gates in the whole place.  I loved going to the tiny airport because everything was quick and we got our rental car and started our journey right away.

I am lucky that I am under 25 and can’t rent a car, my husband had to deal with the stresses of driving on the left had side of the road.  It wasn’t too bad starting out, but about 15 minutes into our drive we turned onto the narrowest road either of us had ever seen.  We had to drive down that road for about 30 minutes with cars, trucks and buses coming the other direction.  Needless to say, he was a little tense.  Once we got off that road and he started getting used to driving, it was not bad at all.  Most of the roads there are very very narrow, but you or the other driver just pull off to the side to let the other pass by.

We were making our way to the coastal town of Kilkee and had to take a ferry on the way.

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Oui Oui Paris

We took a bus day trip to Paris that worked out perfectly as Paris is only about four hours from our house here in Germany.  We arrived at about 8:00 in the morning and watched the city come alive.  Our first stop was a the Louvre.  We didn’t go inside because that likely would have taken over our whole day.  The outside of the Louvre is still beautiful as are the courtyards surrounding it.

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“Those damned dirty apes!” Gibraltar

During our trip to Marbella, Spain, we took at day trip to the British Territory of Gibraltar. This was one of my favorite things because I love animals and Gibraltar is known for their apes (ok, they are called apes, but they are actually monkeys). They all live up on the giant rock mountain with the town below.  It was awesome to be so close to the monkeys and have the incredible view from the top of the rock.

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