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 →

Why Canada Was Worth the Cold

Let's face it, winter is our time to book trips to the tropics. We like to escape the cold and sit on the beach with a nice tropical cocktail and soak up the sun. However, sometimes the cold can be worth the layers of clothes you'll have to wear. Canada is one place that's worth... Continue Reading →

Nature in Montreal and Quebec

It's easy to feel lost in the concrete, steel, and glass structures that make up a city. The big, impersonal buildings can sometimes start to feel claustrophobic. Living in New York, I often find myself needing a space to feel connected to nature again (luckily for me, Central Park is actually a pretty good place... Continue Reading →

How Avignon Grew on Me

One of the most important lessons I learned on this particular trip was not to judge a city by its first impression. Despite all of the historic hype given to the once Papal city of Avignon, it was not an immediate favorite of mine. For some reason, my first impression just lacked that wow factor.... Continue Reading →

Iceland is for (Nature) Lovers

If there was ever a place to experience the power of nature, it would be Iceland. From volcanoes and mountains to glaciers, beaches, geysers, gorges, and tectonic divides, the raw power is visible everywhere. In fact, there are signs posted to warn travelers of the strength and volatility of their surroundings. This raw, abundant power,... Continue Reading →

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