Sandhamn Sweden

A Day Trip to Sandhamn, Sweden

Julie Sweden 2 Comments

There are 30,000 islands that make up the archipelago of Stockholm. These small islands dot the shoreline of Sweden, separating the city of Stockholm from the Baltic Sea. About 150 of these islands are inhabited year round, and several make a great day trip from Stockholm. The most popular islands to visit are Grinda, Vaxholm, Svartso, and Sandhamn. These islands …

Tyler in Copenhagen

Why Copenhagen Just May be the Happiest Destination in Europe

Julie Denmark 6 Comments

It has been said that Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world.  Denmark is a country with a high GDP per capita and a national health care system. In Copenhagen fifty percent of people ride a bike to work. These happy, healthy people volunteer regularly and have the highest percentage of voters during elections compared to any other democratic …

Ten Fun Things to do in Paris with Kids

Julie France 18 Comments

Our trip to London and Paris was our kids’ very first experience in Europe. They were only 8 and 9 years old at the time, so we wanted to pick two cities that had recognizable landmarks, good food, and fun things to do with kids. During our four days in Paris we toured most of the major sites, ate lots …

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

A Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Cappadocia

Julie Turkey 8 Comments

Seeing the unique scenery of Cappadocia from the vantage point of a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience. If you have plans to visit Cappadocia and are wondering if the hot air balloon ride is worth the high price tag, I say yes! This was our favorite experience in Turkey and to this day, these photos are some of …

Love Valley Cappadocia

Best Hikes & Things to Do in Cappadocia with Kids

Julie Turkey 7 Comments

Cappadocia is the perfect place to go hiking and exploring. The scenery is very unique, the trails are just challenging enough to keep it fun for kids, and while we were here in March, there were very few people on the trails. Tyler and Kara could run off all of their extra energy, explore ancient caves, and just have a fabulous …

Mountain Biking in Peru

Mountain Biking, a Broken Hand, and a Trip to a Peruvian Clinic

Julie Peru 2 Comments

Tim and I went mountain biking through the sacred valley of Peru in 2012 with a company called “Gravity Peru.”  We met up with our guide, Chet, in Ollantaytambo. Tim and I packed up all of our bags, and ourselves, into Chet’s small, banged up car that already had three bikes in the trunk. He had a driver so we …

Peru Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of Peru in Pictures

Julie Peru 8 Comments

Tim and I spent three days touring the Sacred Valley of Peru. This area is filled with historical Incan sites, stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and colorful, friendly people. Here are some of our favorite photos from these three days. Sacsaywaman Tim is standing in front of the Incan fortress of Sacsaywaman. It was the site of a 10 month battle …

Cesky Krumlov

How to Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague and Vienna

Julie Czech Republic 22 Comments

Cesky Krumlov is a town in the Czech Republic that we love love love! The town is amazing and absolutely should not be missed on a trip to the Czech Republic. Located in Bohemia, Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town escaped the bombings in World War II, which is the reason why the old city is so well preserved. …

Things to do in Vienna

Top Ten Things to do in Vienna

Julie Austria 6 Comments

Vienna, Austria is a fabulous city that is home to world class museums, the Opera, cafes, pastries, and the famous Sacher Torte.  Tim and I loved Vienna, although we were here for only two full days.  We raced through the city and saw as much as possible.  Of everything we saw and did, here are our ten favorite things to …

Cycle Mont Ventoux

Cycling Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence

Julie France 2 Comments

Mont Ventoux is one of the most famous mountains in Europe. It is featured in many Tour de France races, appearing every several years as one of the great climbs of the race. The history and the drama that has unfolded on this mountain is legendary. For cyclists, both amateur and professional, Mont Ventoux is a climb that makes the …