A 989-year-old city of rebellion, the arts, and fine wine

Gordes–the picture-perfect commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the south of France–is the stuff of fairy tales.

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My Uniform of Summer 2021

If you spot me in the wild this summer, odds are I’ll be wearing the Bliss Luxe Training Dress. It’s hot out there, and this dress was made for wicking sweat right off your bod.If you’re a portable heater like me, it’s easy to wash in the sink and hang dry while traveling. My favorite…

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The City That Took on Mass Tourism and Won

Y’all, I have good news. Italy banned cruise ships’ entry into Venice starting August 1st. The once-upon-a-time-city-state’s lagoon has been declared a national monument. 2020 reminded citizens and ecologists alike how healthy the waters were without the larger than life vessels. So a few weeks ago, when the first cruise ships since COVID-19 barreled their…

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Handwritten Notes to My-Sneakerhead-Self

I grew up with a very different sneaker mentality than I have now. I used to think you could never have enough.But the days of the insatiable sneakerhead are limited. Landfills and closets are too full. Just like average annual temperatures, the tides of consumerism are changing. I’m to blame. How about you? I want…

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The City of Museums

Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! It also happens to be the largest city in the country. Like much of Croatia, the city dates back to Roman times. The remains of Andautonia, the Roman settlement during the Middle Ages, were discovered in the 1900s, revealing a sewer system, streets, and city walls. Now, the…

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Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice National Park is incredible, and crowded, and has more waterfalls than I’ve ever seen. Plitvička Jezera, as it’s said in Croatian, is the country’s biggest and oldest national park. It’s made up of 16 lakes and over 90 waterfalls. The waters are brilliant blue greens, attributed to minerals and organisms. Over a million tourists…

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Split was so incredible, I had to post about it twice.

Good morning from an ancient city. If you like sunrises, this is the place for you. Split gets over 2,800 hours of sunshine every year. The following images are views from the patio of the Airbnb where I stayed in Split. Terra cotta shingles are an iconic part of Croatian architecture. These brilliant red tiles…

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Visit a place you’ve never heard of before. Maybe Split?

Sometimes, you have the rare occasion to sleep somewhere incredible. Platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have opened a whole new set of locations. Like the Cube House I stayed in back in 2016, the barrel hut on an Icelandic farm, or this incredible one room cabin overlooking a glacier fed lake in Norway. After arriving…

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3 Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik (besides being a GOT fan)

As you’ve seen in my last few posts, I spent a good bit of time in Dubrovnik. It was the first stop on a Croatian road trip I took a few years back. Here are a few snaps and thoughts before leaving the city. 1.) Dubrovnik is for foodies. from fish paste, to crni rižot…

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The Fort Dedicated to Archivists and Comedians

Fort Lovrijenac overlooks Old Town in Dubrovnik. Three terraces make up the triangular structure above the West Harbor. Perhaps you recognize bits and pieces of it from Game of Thrones. It was the location of the Red Keep on King Joffrey’s Name Day Tournament. The fort was named for Saint Lawrence, who was burned alive in…

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