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Fête des Lumières in Lyon

Lyon transforms from a laid-back metropolitan to a bustling city dazzling with lights around every corner for four days in December. Lyon's famed festival, Fête des Lumières, or Festival of Lights, illuminates the city with magic and wonder through various light displays. After organizers canceled the event in 2020 due to COVID, it was back … Continue reading Fête des Lumières in Lyon

Strasbourg the Capital of Christmas text with snowy buildings

Strasbourg: Capital of Christmas

"Let's go to Strasbourg," Jordan and I have both repeatedly said to each other over the past year. This French city has been at the top of our travel list, but we've never found the right time to go. But when we learned Strasbourg transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland each year as the "Capital … Continue reading Strasbourg: Capital of Christmas

Travel Traditions: Christmas Ornaments

With Thanksgiving officially over, it's time to decorate for Christmas! I was all for putting up our Christmas tree as soon as possible, but Jordan convinced me we should wait and keep our christmas ornaments stored until after Thanksgiving. No skipping holidays in this house! That, and the fact we spent the previous two weeks … Continue reading Travel Traditions: Christmas Ornaments

Discovering Belgium: Walking our way through Bruges

A few months went by before we were able to take our second trip to Belgium. We made sure to find a city with a little more character than "Manneken Pis." We landed on Bruges, a medieval town with narrow cobblestone streets lined with guild houses and the faint smell of chocolate in the air. Bruges, located … Continue reading Discovering Belgium: Walking our way through Bruges

Discovering Belgium: Tasting Our Way Through Brussels

While living in Europe, we try to taste the local flavors and dishes of each country. We have tried some fantastic eats like fondue in Switzerland, and tomato bread in Spain. When we made it to Belgium, we knew we had to try their long list of famed delicacies: chocolate, waffles, beer, and French fries.  Our first … Continue reading Discovering Belgium: Tasting Our Way Through Brussels

La Désalpe: A Switzerland Tradition

One of the many reasons we like living in France is the opportunity to observe and experience unique cultural traditions. In general, these are things we would not have sought out to do if we only had a fixed amount of time on vacation. But now that every weekend feels like a vacation in Europe, … Continue reading La Désalpe: A Switzerland Tradition

Athens Greece Weekend Recap

Feta Late Than Never: Greece Recap

And just like that, Summer is ending. As the borders opened at the beginning of the season, our calendar quickly filled up. We were fortunate to have been vaccinated early in March to travel around confidently. Our weekends booked up fast that we did not have a free weekend from May through the end of … Continue reading Feta Late Than Never: Greece Recap

Bastille Day in Paris

After a tough year of restrictions and event cancelations, the Bastille Day events would recommence this year throughout France. I planned to take Bastille Day off instead of the Fourth of July this year at work. We then made plans to travel to Paris and experience the celebrated events on July 14. Even though many … Continue reading Bastille Day in Paris

Surfs Up in Lisbon

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to learn how to surf. The Disney Channel original movies Johnny Tsunami or Rip Girls released in my pre-teen years were my sources of inspiration. I loved the ocean and was pretty good at boogie boarding, but I wanted to do more. Well, fast-forward twenty-one years, and … Continue reading Surfs Up in Lisbon

pink salt flats in the camargue region of france

Pink Salt Flats in the Camargue

With a little bit of freedom and a full tank of gas, we were off to explore more of the country we have lived in for over a year. The curfew in France moved to 9:00 pm, outdoor dining had just reopened, and we had a long three-day weekend ahead of us. Our destination? The … Continue reading Pink Salt Flats in the Camargue