The World’s First NikeTown

For about 12 rainy hours, I enjoyed one of Europe’s favorite summer getaways. But it wasn’t summer and it wasn’t sunny. However, in no way did that prevent me from enjoying the beautiful beach town of Nice, France. The soaking wet streets reminded me of Paris. Sure, it looks wonderfully old and quaint. But Nice…

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Happy October from this French ghost village, too steep for its own good

If Gordes and Ménerbes weren’t enough to quench your South of France thirst, let me show you around Oppède. There are actually two parts of the sleepy little town: 1.) Oppède 2.) Oppède-le-vieux For centuries past, the region saw much violence, forcing early inhabitants up the rocky outcropping to fortify themselves. This area is now…

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A British Author Moved to This Perched City in the South of France. His Book Set the Tiny Town on Fire.

Next up on our tour of the French countryside is Ménerbes, another breathtaking commune atop the Luberon mountains. With a population just under a thousand people, the small town feel is painfully cute in all the best ways. British author, Peter Mayle, settled in Ménerbes in the 1980s. His most popular book, A Year in…

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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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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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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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