Late Summer Getaway to Villefranche-Sur-Mer

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We took a late summer getaway to our favorite spot in the French Riviera, Villefranche-Sur-Mer.  Just one town east from popular Nice, this small town has it all: a great pebble beach, azure waters, colorful pastel buildings lining the sea in front of rocky cliffs, fabulous food, and charm exuding from every corner.  When we had a few days off at the end of summer, there was only one place we knew we wanted to be: We discovered VSM last year, using Nice as a home base and each day I planned for us to explore a different town by train.  […]

Exploring Ibiza Town

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If you’re in the White Isle and need a break from the sun and beaches or the weather isn’t perfect, head on over to Ibiza town for a fun afternoon of exploring!  It is a picture perfect hilltop town with narrow, windy cobblestone roads, white houses with colorful shutters, and a castle on top. Crossover into the historic old town via drawbridge into the walled town. We spent our last afternoon exploring the narrow paths, popping in and out of cute boho shops, and admiring the colorful town.  Ibiza is covered in gorgeous fuschia flowers everywhere, making for even more pops of […]

Ibiza Birthday Part Two: Beaches and Clubs

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Ibiza Beaches After the birthday celebrations we had plenty of beach time in Ibiza.  Throughout the week we spent our days at our local beach Playa d’en Bossa in the south, another southern beach ses Salines, Cala Comte, my very favorite beach in the north-west, and Cala Benirrás in the north. While we still had sunshine, this year the weather at the end of May wasn’t perfect beach weather – the mornings were usually cloudy or overcast but it’d clear away by the afternoon.  I think typically late May and June is fine for the beach here, and the locals […]

Innsbruck, the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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|Location: Innsbruck, Austria| Innsbruck is an amazing little town nestled in the Austrian Alps that has so much to offer, but often gets overlooked as a European destination.  I think it’s the perfect weekend getaway and should not be missed, no matter the season!  This Alpine town is so picturesque, you’ll be pinching yourself in disbelief!  What makes it unique to me is that it is a true city in the mountains. We visited in the spring which ended up being perfect.  Blue skies and sunshine warmed the colorful town juxtaposed against the snowy mountains on every side.  People were […]

Skiing the Portes du Soleil

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|Location: Chatel, France| Skiing the Portes du Soleil is one of my favorite winter vacations living in Stuttgart.  The ski area is quite large with a lot of connecting villages.  You can even ski from France into Switzerland and back within the day which I think is pretty awesome.  The Savoy region is an easy five hour drive from Stuttgart (well… that’s assuming you don’t put the wrong hotel into Google maps and drive an extra 2 hours through snowy Alpine switchbacks fearing your death… then drive two hours backtracking through the snowy switchbacks.  Long story you’ll have to ask […]

What to Do in Marrakech, Part 2

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Marrakech was one of my favorite places we’ve visisted and was bursting with hospitality, colors, and sights to see.  This post is a continuation of what to do in Marrakech, Part 1. Stay in Different Riads I highly recommend you stay in a few different riads when you visit Marrakech.  They become your mini paradise in the city and I wanted to make sure we could experience a few different styles.  There are so many gorgeous riads online, the hardest part will be choosing only a few to stay in!  We settled on Riad Yasmine and Riad Joharra, because I couldn’t […]

What to do in Marrakech, Part 1

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Location: Marrakech, Morocco Want to visit Marrakech but have no idea what to do?  I’ve got you covered!  I was so excited for this trip I did tons of research and we opted to spend all of our time in Marrakech to really get to know the city!  I’m breaking these ‘What to do in Marrakech’ posts into what we did each day.  We already want to come back to Morocco to explore the desert and other cities, but for now it’s all about the Red City: Marrakech. Relax in your Riad If the chaos of Marrakech begins wear on […]

Magical Marrakech, Morocco

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Plain and simple: I was absolutely mesmerized by Marrakech.  I fell hard for this magical city, a city that is an explosion for all of your senses. It’s an explosion of sights with vibrant colors everywhere (and I mean everywhere), from the deep Majorelle blue against the bright tumeric yellow accents, to the colorful goods filling every nook and cranny in the souks, to the gorgeous and intricate design works literally everywhere, to the varying shades of red clay of the buildings and floors. It’s an explosion of sounds walking through the streets and alleys full of people, bikes, motor bikes, wagons, donkeys, […]