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Europe Spring 2024: La Semana Santa Marinera de València

Europe Spring 2024: La Semana Santa Marinera de València

One of the memorable moments from our 2022 visit to Valencia was stumbling across the Our Lady Of The Forsaken Festival while trying to go for a drink (never made it to that bar...). Our 2024 stay started before Easter, i.e. Holy Week, and we figured the old town...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia apartment

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia apartment

Finding an apartment for a month in Valencia wasn't difficult, but narrowing the choices down definitely took us some time. We started with neighborhoods of interest - on our 2022 trip we had stayed by the market in the heart of the old town, and felt that it would be...

Europe Spring 2024: introduction + flights

Europe Spring 2024: introduction + flights

We have long wanted to try an extended stay in Europe, but previously stuck to 1-2 week long trips due to our dogs. Finding ourselves dog-free for the first time in 15 years we decided to finally try a remote-working stay, and ultimately booked ourselves an apartment...

Europe Spring 2024: Istria restaurants

Europe Spring 2024: Istria restaurants

Pazin Peperone - Located just a few blocks from our apartment, we stopped in and made a reservation for dinner on our first night. It's a good thing we did, as a group of ~20 French folks had apparently reserved most of the other tables! We decided to try their beers,...

Europe Spring 2024: Istria wineries

Europe Spring 2024: Istria wineries

Istria has a really interesting wine industry with a mix of international grapes (cabernet sauvignon, merlot) and locally unique varieties (teran, malajvasia). In addition, some spots have a tradition of of grape skin contact for their white wines, which has become...

Europe Spring 2024: Istria waterfalls

Europe Spring 2024: Istria waterfalls

Pazinski krov / Pazin Roof waterfall - lightly muddy, but not too bad. Great water flow due to recent rains and I continued upstream for views of additional cascades. Zarečki Krov Waterfall - just east outside of Pazin with a large parking lot and an easy walk to the...

Europe Spring 2024: Istria coastal towns

Europe Spring 2024: Istria coastal towns

As a peninsula, you are never that far away from the Adriatic on Istria, and we stopped to explore three coastal towns during our visit. Rovinj One of the better known towns on the west coast, Rovinj is postcard-worthy with water on three sides. It was relatively...

Europe Spring 2024: Istria hilltop towns

Europe Spring 2024: Istria hilltop towns

Istria has a lot of hills, and quite a few feature a town with a tower poking up from the middle. Over our long weekend we managed to stop by a handful. Pazin Our homebase in Istria, featuring a small castle! Note that parking around the castle is free. On the other...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Long Island, NY (July)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)
Grand Rapids, MI (Nov)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)

Hello! This website chronicles the travel adventures of a computational biologist and a WordPress website developer (with past entries of our 😇 rescued mini schnauzers, Riesling and Pasha).

We’ve steadily increased our travel over the last several years and that is the focus of our blog currently, but you can read older ‘daily life‘ and ‘canine‘ posts by clicking on those links.

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)