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Postdam, Germany July 2017IMG_9628

Snapshots of Potsdam: Day Trip from Berlin

Potsdam, Germany is a fun and easy day trip from Berlin. Potsdam is a thirty minute drive from where we were staying in Berlin and boasts a garden that seems like a smaller and much less crowded version of Versailles. (Also it is free to visit!) So we decided to spend a day there. We …

Aberdeen At First Glance, Scotland,Travel With Children, Moving Abroad

Out and About in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, is often overlooked by guidebooks and tourists, and there are good reasons for preferring Edinburgh and Glasgow to Aberdeen. However, now that I’ve lived here for a season and shown the area to countless friends, I would vouch for Aberdeen as a decent weekend getaway. Last month I went on …

Ten Days in the UK by Car, Travel, England, Scotland

Ten Days in The UK by Car

Ten Days in the UK by Car This is a whirlwind tour of the UK in a rental car, and if you have more time, I would recommend doing a full week in England and a full week in Scotland, but like I said in my itinerary by train, 10 days seems to be about …

From the London Eye, England, Ten Days in the UK

Ten Days in The UK via Train

Ten Days in the UK via Train Friends, I have been playing a lot this month with creating itineraries around the UK, partly because I am still trying to fit in a few last wanders through the Britain before our time is up and also because I often find myself making recommendations to others about where …

Packing Light Weekend Edition, Europe, UK, travel

Packing Light Weekend Edition

Packing Light Weekend Edition Since I usually travel with my backpack whether I am on the road for five days or fifteen, I wondered if I could get it down even smaller the last time I went to London for the weekend. I set myself the challenge of carrying just a small handbag. And guys! …

A Story about Airport Security

I try not to hate airports. I really do. Hating is just not in keeping with the positive energy force for good that I want to be in life. So I focus on the end goal of what the airport, or more accurately the airplane, is bringing. A new destination. An adventure. Or arriving home …

Meet Me In Paris?

Y’all, let me be honest for a second. I spend a seriously sick number of hours planning trips that might not ever even happen. Just last week I did a ton of research for a camping trip to the Isle of Skye that we canceled because of A) rain and B) grumpy teenagers. Since we’ve …

Travel Abroad Letter, Love Alison

Letter About Traveling Abroad

A year ago Mary Polly and I were about to set sail on our Mediterranean Cruise.  We’ve been reliving the memories and marveling at all that has happened in a year. When Mary Polly and I boarded our airplane for home at the end of our trip, we had no idea that less than a …

Moving Abroad, In The Pipeline, Chinos To Scotland

In The Pipeline

While househunting, we have been enjoying the kind hospitality of three different new sets of friends, for which we are super thankful! We got the kids all squared away to start school next week and spent today shopping for their uniforms.  Lots going on! For weeks I’ve been reading info on moving abroad, traveling in …

Crystal Bridges, Northwest Arkansas, Museum, Arkansas, Travel

Crystal Bridges: Museum Of American Art

Crystal Bridges A few weeks ago I went to Northwest Arkansas with my mom to see Listen To Your Mother and while we were in the area, I visited Crystal Bridges for the first time. Crystal Bridges is a Museum of American Art that opened in Northwest Arkansas in 2011.  Located about 30 minutes north …

First Flights

photo by Jacob Slaton Do you remember the first time you ever flew on an airplane? When you first felt the now everyday miracle of accelerating down the runway and then the nose of the aircraft lifting up into the air? Just like that.  All of a sudden, you are flying.  Houses below you become …

Michaelangelo’s David, Florence, Italy

December 3, 2004 Florence, Italy I’m sitting in front of Michelangelo’s David.  It is larger than life, perfectly situated under a brilliant dome. He is captivating. We wandered over to the Accademia to see if we could make reservations for tomorrow and it was wide open with no line. So fun! So we bought our …