Backpacking to Bremen

Germany has always been high on my travel bucket list. Growing up, we always thought our heritage was mostly German. That is until we began to dig into the records a bit more, as well as taking the Ancestry DNA tests and finding out we are much less German than we thought. Even so, the... Continue Reading →

Hiking to the Vikings

There are a ton of beautiful sites in Denmark. From the fjords, to the wetlands near Ribe and Esbjerg, to islands like Bornholm much of the natural beauty of the country is located on or near the water. Much of Denmark consists of flat terrain and there are no large mountain ranges. There are, however,... Continue Reading →

Laon: A Historic Scavenger Hunt

A historic scavenger hunt was not one of the things I expected when on a day trip to Laon, France. There were actually a few things I was surprised by. The stairs, the historic scavenger hunt, the view of the valley below. This ancient hilltop city captivated my interest right from the start. I arrived... Continue Reading →

Something About Saumur

It can be hard to reconcile an entire wasted day¬†when you only have so much time. While on the train to Saumur, I tried to stay positive about the evening ahead but I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit angry. I had completely missed both castles I wanted to see but... Continue Reading →

Ancient Rome in Arles, France

Until the past few years, I never really knew how much Roman architecture was left standing in France, especially in the south. I guess I always had a preconceived notion that most of it had been destroyed during the Middle Ages and replaced with more contemporary structures. I was pleasantly surprised, while doing my research,... Continue Reading →

A Terrifying Minute in Travel

Imagine this: You're halfway through a self-guided tour of a monument you've been dying to see. Groups of tourists meander through the halls and you can hear guides giving bits of information in a few languages. You're so caught up in the wonder of the moment that you don't hear the bells at first. People... Continue Reading →

Carcassonne: City and Castle

I climbed every step on the way up to this ancient, wall-enclosed city with reverence. The sun was just barely above the horizon. With each step, I tried to remember the facts I had read about the long history of the city. Over time, the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Saracens, and Franks took, fortified, and strengthened... Continue Reading →

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