Category: Hidden Gems

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 3: Grizzly Close Calls and September Snow in Jasper National Park

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 3: Grizzly Close Calls and September Snow in Jasper National Park
Miss our shenanigans in Banff or on the Icefields Parkway? Check out Parts 1 and 2 of the Canadian Rockies Road Trip at the links! Growing up, my family didn’t camp. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely hashtagblessed to go on some pretty incredible vacations as a kid, but we were strapping goggles to our face instead... Read more »

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff
Not gonna lie; it’s been a stressful past few months.  Work was been super busy, we found out that our landlord was selling the house we were renting to his daughter so we had to move, and I was in Chicago for two weeks helping my mom recover from surgery to remove what we know now... Read more »

From vieux to nouveau, Montréal is the perfect blend of food and culture

Canada’s been great so far, but coming from London I do miss being constantly surrounded by history. That’s not to say that Toronto doesn’t have interesting history; it’s just a little more recent and takes some seeking out.  But I do miss the history of Europe, so when El booked a Christmas gift trip to Montréal,... Read more »
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Monuments, museums, & microbreweries: The best of Sofia & Belgrade

Miss our adventures in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia (Parts 1 and 2), or Kosovo? Click on the links to catch up on our 16-day, 9 country Balkan road trip! El and I are craft beer fans, and we try to seek out micro-breweries in every place we visit.  When we were living in Spain between 2011-2013, the... Read more »

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia), 2 (Montenegro), 3 (Albania), or 4 (Macedonia) of our 16-day Balkans road trip? Click on the links to catch up on Court’s Excellent Balkan Adventures! As an Ancient Civilizations major, you’re expected to remember hundreds of dates, but only one is drilled into you again and again:  323 BC.  That’s the year... Read more »

Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania

Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia) or 2 (Montenegro)?  Check them out at the links! Albania has been through its share of shit: invasions and occupations, Ponzi schemes by its own government, isolation, and more recently getting its name dragged through the mud by Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills.  For years, it was the ugly stepsister... Read more »
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271 things to love about London

On New Year’s Day 2012, when we were living in Spain, I made a resolution to record 365 things I appreciated/were unique about Spain.  This was partly done to shift my focus from what I was missing back home to what I was missing out on by being a Debbie Downer; I also did it... Read more »

Walk like a Roman on Hadrian's Wall and Courtney sacks York

I wish, WISH the word ‘Roman’ had at least one more syllable to be more of a play on words of “Walk like an Egyptian”, mostly so I could include that Aquanetted doozy of a music video in this post.  Oh, what the hell; here it is anyway: Okay, now that that’s out of my system, I... Read more »

78° North: Arctic Adventures in Svalbard, Norway

78° North: Arctic Adventures in Svalbard, Norway
Elliot and I have seen a lot of Europe, and for the most part our trips are to cities that are pretty well traveled.  For example, my last post, about our travels through Cinque Terre and Florence, garnered a lot of “Love that place!” feedback.  Every now and then, however, we venture off the beaten... Read more »
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That's Amore: Falling in Love with Cinque Terre and Florence

What is it about Italy that speaks to so many people?  Talk to almost anyone about Italy, and they get this romantic twinkle in their eyes.  There’s so much of the country to explore, so when flights to Pisa were dirt cheap, we decided to visit nearby Cinque Terre and Florence for the first long weekend... Read more »
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