Europe

A constant whirring sounded from deep within the train as the wheels sped across the tracks. Coupled with the constant rocking and the constant intrusions into my train compartment, the overnight between Zagreb and Sarajevo wasn’t restful. Added to that, the customs offers at the border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia have absolutely no mercy. The […]
Plitvice Lakes National Park  is one of those places that absolutely and totally lives up to it’s hype — it is stunning. Just. stunning. The Croatia Lonely Planet uses a photo of this UNESCO World Heritage listed as one of the main images to promote tourism to Croatia — and that’s saying a lot since Croatia […]
Traveling is one of those activities that trains you to make the best of any situation. And that’s what happened when my friends and I took a 20 kilometer bike ride to visit a set of ruins outside of Skradin, Croatia. In this case, what started as an outdoorsy day of adventure, history, and exploration […]
Summer in Croatia is beautiful. It’s exactly the weather you wish for when planning a vacation. We had a rough travel day getting from to Skradin from our tiny town on an island off the coast of Split. It involved confusion with the train, a packed bus ride, and we missed the final bus into […]
When I first imagined renting a cottage on an island of the coast of Croatia, I had visions of sparkling waters, warm sunshine, and a quaint village. My cousin, friend, and I arrived in Croatia after a long travel day on the ferry from Italy to Split, Croatia, then navigated days of heavy rains, and […]
Including Assisi on my backpacking trip across Italy was a no-brainer once my friend Jenn talked about her dream of visiting the gorgeous Basilica of Saint Francis. We spent just two days visiting the sights in Assisi before moving onward again, this time we would make a very long travel day(s) from the center of […]
On my first trip through Italy, I somehow missed visiting Florence. What a mistake! This is one of those cities that lives up to the hype and delivers on the promise on a stunning few days filled with gorgeous architecture, beautiful sculptures, and a charming slice of life from Renaissance era. This time through, on […]

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