san sebastian

When planning our trip with Gabriela, she brought up San Sebastian, somewhere I had never heard of before. It took just a 3-second Google search to figure out that I definitely wanted to go there. This coastal haven is located is Spain’s Basque Country and known for its resorts, promenades, and bite-size pintxos (their take…

bordeaux

We finally ticked Bordeaux off the list! And with good company in tow: my best friend, Gabriela, and her husband, Bobby, flew over to enjoy their honeymoon and travel with us. We took two days showing them around Toulouse and I’m so glad we did because Toulouse was lookin’ extra pink and lovely for them….

sicily

I have to preface this post with the note that I accidentally deleted 2/3 of the pictures from this trip. The few that remain I am grateful for, and as for the rest, will try to paint a picture with words. In July, Dan was sent to a week-long conference (NanoSea 2016) in Giardini Naxos,…

cassis

Anyone who told us about Marseille, also mentioned Cassis in the same breath. The big draw here are the lagoon-like inlets, called les calanques. You can hike to the calanques from the Cassis port and jump from the rocks into the water. This was put in our agenda as a must-do. The least expensive way…

marseille

In France, the month of June was dominated by one thing: soccer. The country was hosting the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup and fans from all over the continent were descending upon French host cities (Toulouse included!) Dan was lucky enough to get tickets to a match in Marseille and for another in Toulouse later in…

nimes

Dan has a friend who shares his musical taste and in June, he invited us to a festival in Nimes called This Is Not A Love Song (TINALS). Nimes is just three hours away, so we hopped in Lucas’ car and left Friday afternoon. We had purchased day tickets for Friday and Saturday and were…

newcastle

The sweet friend that is Maaike Kellaway invited us to stay at her family home in Newcastle – home of Britain’s favorite street, Newcastle Brown Ale, and BILLY ELLIOT! It was absolutely one of my favorite places that we’ve been this entire year. Newcastle is in the north of England, near the sea, so we got…

london layovers

We booked our Marrakech weekend through easyJet‘s list of inexpensive holiday packages, which include airfare and accommodation. It did mean we had 8 hours between flights to kill, but luckily, Gatwick is a 30-minute train ride to downtown London. Layover 1 Once we landed in Gatwick, we headed to the Left Luggage department. Here, you can leave…

marrakech

There is no “easing in” to this city. Upon arrival, your senses are overwhelmed by the colors, the smells of food stalls, the sounds of motorbikes, and the heat. Dan and I arrived close to midnight and were guided down winding, unnamed streets to our riad. We had to hunker through a low tunnel to…

barcelona extras

One of the best things about living in Toulouse is our proximity to Spain, specifically Barcelona. I had never been before we moved here and now I can proudly say that we’ve been back several times (here and here)! It’s 3 hours away by direct train which means that when friends visit, it’s a big draw. I…

carcassonne

Before this trip, the only medieval experience I had ever had was the infamous Orlando dinner show, Medieval Times, when I was a teen. When you grow up in America, nothing is remotely close to being as old as the walled city of Carcassonne, so part time actors and trained horses try to do their best…

budapest – stop 3

This post is the third and final leg of the three city trip. April 2016. Budapest felt like the leg of the trip that we were all waiting for. None of us had been before and we had heard nothing but great things. I was most excited to visit the bath houses and to find…