So are you tempted to go to Ljubljana now too? By the merest mention of its loveliness are you swayed to book a flight and give it a go? If the answers are a resounding yes! Then read on. If you’re more like “meh…” then get out of my sight. Just the facts about Ljubljana:… Read More Ljubljana: Just the Facts Ma’am
National Parks are great, State Parks are great and herds of bison are INCREDIBLE. Custer State Park is one of the prettiest areas of the Black Hills in South Dakota and we were lucky enough–moments after entering the park–to see the bison herd. Really, watching a huge male buffalo wallowing in the dirt is crazy.
The Badlands are like the moon, they’re like mars, they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen. That’s what you hear about the Badlands before going. Turns out, it’s true. All of a sudden you’re driving through high prairie and then there’s this: and your mind is totally blown. Because it’s quiet and windy and the colors are so… Read More The Badlands are Breathtaking, with 100% more Snakes!
While walking down İstiklâl Caddesi and seeing all its crowds and street art was definitely one of the highest highlights of my time in Istanbul, another hugely great part was taking the ferry over to the Asian side of the city. We wandered around, got coffee (twice, obviously), and had some food. We even sent our postcards (because… Read More Ferrying to another Continent: the Asian side of Istanbul!
On my grand Lisbon-Rome-Istanbul sojourn I did something out of the ordinary when I participated in a free tour of Lisbon, and then I did it again, when I paid to have a tour of the Hagia Sophia. Despite both being tours, the two experiences couldn’t have been more distinct from each other. So here… Read More A Tale of Two Tours: Lisbon and Hagia Sophia DEATHMATCH!
Above the Alfama and the Cathedral, the Castle of São Jorge (St. George) dominates Lisbon’s cityscape. We wandered up that way in the later afternoon to explore and in short: the extensive castle grounds are amazing and well worth a visit. The castle has everything you could want: pretty courtyards with plenty of shady benches from… Read More Dominating the View: Castelo de São Jorge
To arrive in Lisbon at 7am local time after three flights (regional midwest airport to Chicago, Chicago to Newark… delay… delay… Newark to Lisbon), after not sleeping at all on the plane(s), first impressions might be untrustworthy. But as I stumbled out of the airport and made slow decisions about whether to take the metro,… Read More Lisbon!: First impressions…
We have come to the end of my time in Rome. In my last days I went to the Museo Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, San Pietro in Vincoli to see the Moses, and the Protestant Cemetery. On my final morning living in Rome, I called a cab to come at 7am, tumbled down my palazzo… Read More Leaving Somewhere you Love (and hate a wee bit): Imprinting the View
Not ugly South Dakota, not ugly. I’m back from my wild west South Dakota road trip! And with that experience I am more excited than ever to keep traveling and keep telling travel stories. Have you been to a National Park recently? They are the best. So, stay tuned for posts about the end of my… Read More Rip-roaring and Fantastic New Adventures! Kapow! Zap! Zing!
Altogether I have spent 18+ months in Rome. And in that whole time I have been to the Roman Forum zero times. I have walked by nearly everyday. I have peered over the fences into the Forum from every vantage point. I have been to Trajan’s Forum/Markets across the Via dei Fori Imperiali twice, but… Read More I lost my Roman Forum Virginity, but wouldn’t mind having it back