15 Places to Travel in 2015


Each year we look forward to planning our own travels and since we’ve got a community of readers that love to live a life of adventure, just like us, we know you do too! Our 14 places to go in 2014 was such a hit with you all last year, that we’ve once again done […]

13 Best European Christmas Markets to See in Your Lifetime

Trocadero Christmas Village

The smell of mulled wine, gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts is in the air at the best European Christmas Markets. Hand-painted ornaments dangle from little wooden huts, scents of sausage waft through the air, and the sounds of carolers and horse carriages clacking on cobblestones fill the old town squares. Europe’s Christmas Markets are magical and […]

Top 12 Things to Do in Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest

After five years of living in Europe, Budapest remains our favorite city on the European continent. Yes, we like it more than Paris, Rome, or even London. It’s the only place, aside from St. Maarten in the Carribbean and Iceland, that we have returned to time and time again. So just what it is about […]

Battle of the Budapest Famous Baths


Known as the City of Baths, Budapest is a city rich in thermal springs with healing qualities. So, of course, no trip to Budapest would be complete without a visit to the Budapest Famous Baths. But which of Budapest’s historical bath houses are the best to visit? We take a look at the Széchenyi Baths […]

Wine Wednesday: Faust Wine Cellar

Faust Wine Cellar

Welcome to Wine Wednesday! This week let us introduce you to Hungarian wines and Gábor Nagy, owner and wine sommelier of Faust Wine Cellar in Budapest. We met Gábor in 2010 when we first visited Faust Wine Cellar and were so pleased he invited us (and Emma) to stop by for a tasting when we […]

Christmas Markets of Budapest (And Our Mulled Wine Recipe)

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest remains our favorite European city even after three years of traveling extensively throughout Europe. We love the architecture, the mystery of the once secret caves snaking beneath the city, and the beautiful buildings spanning the banks of the Danube that twinkle as dusk sets upon the city. I love Christmas Markets, so we decided […]

The Traveler’s Guide to Short Breaks

Tim and I in Rome

Not everyone can travel full time. It may seem like it and some months it certainly feels like it, but we don’t travel full time. We both hold full time jobs; Tim has 30 vacation days per year plus government holidays and I have 5 weeks plus 11 company holidays. We’d love to be able […]

10 Years and Still Going Strong

Getting Married!

Ten years ago today, I stood in the desert at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. It was 7am and freezing cold. But it didn’t matter. I was about to say “I Do” to the love of my life in a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, high winds kept us from taking our hot air balloon […]

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on November 17, 1873 of right (west)-bank Buda and Óbuda with left (east)-bank Pest. Having spent all of our time on the Pest side of the Danube on our first trip, we decided to explore the hilly Buda side of […]

Visegrád, Hungary

Visegrád is a small town on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. (And a great day trip from Budapest!) Visegrád is famous for the remains of the early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the citadel or “upper castle.” The citadel, atop a 328 meter high hill, […]