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Europe Spring 2024: Valencian paella

Europe Spring 2024: Valencian paella

We visited 3 paella-specific restaurants while in Valencia. It's traditionally a leisurely lunch meal with family and friends on weekends but we did have it for dinner once. Important to note that...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia restaurants

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia restaurants

As one can imagine, we visited a lot of restaurants in the month+ we stayed in Valencia, even if we did eat at home most nights. There were many options right outside our door in Rusafa, and we did...

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...

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...

Europe Spring 2024: Plitvice food & drink

Europe Spring 2024: Plitvice food & drink

As it was a 15 minute drive on a rural road into Rakovica, we limited our trips, but still managed to try three places. Bistro Old Shatterhand - We had made a reservation for 8pm, but it was not...

Europe Spring 2024: 18 hours in Zagreb

Europe Spring 2024: 18 hours in Zagreb

We had less than a day in Zagreb, but we tried to get a feel for the city nonetheless. Our drive from the airport to a downtown parking garage was relatively straightforward, followed by dropping...

European Spring 2024: Madrid Open tennis

European Spring 2024: Madrid Open tennis

Our one full day in Madrid was all about tennis! The morning security line was long, but moved relatively quickly. Staff was very strict on no water bottles and we saw a growing pile of fancy...

European Spring 2024: Madrid, pt 2

European Spring 2024: Madrid, pt 2

Our train ride back to Madrid from Valencia was uneventful, but the Chamartin station was quite busy on Sunday, so topping up our Madrid metro card with a 10-ride pass took longer than expected...

Europe Spring 2024: Palma food and drink

Europe Spring 2024: Palma food and drink

Some of the more popular places in town are difficult to visit on the weekend without reservations, so Leandra booked us both lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday ahead of our trip. El Camino for...

European Spring 2024: Madrid, pt 1

European Spring 2024: Madrid, pt 1

We arrived in Madrid after a turbulent overnight flight in business class. I think Leandra was glad to be off that plane! Even though we had a metro card we could recharge, we decided to take an...

European Spring 2024: 30 hours in Chicago

European Spring 2024: 30 hours in Chicago

Our flight to Spain left Chicago O'Hare on Monday, so we decided to position ourselves in the city on Sunday just in case of travel delays. Unfortunately, Southwest only had an early Sunday morning...

Florida’s Sun Coast: overnight in Savannah

Florida’s Sun Coast: overnight in Savannah

For our trip back to NC we decided to spend a night in Savannah - it would break up the trip into two easier driving days, plus we had a free night certificate at an IHG hotel that we needed to use....

Florida’s Sun Coast: restaurants

Florida’s Sun Coast: restaurants

During our two week stay we tried lots of restaurants, ranging from classic breakfasts to a beach cocktail spot, and from in-restaurant to take-away. Breakfast Original Word of Mouth - Quite busy on...

Florida’s Sun Coast: breweries

Florida’s Sun Coast: breweries

With two weeks on the west coast of Florida we had multiple opportunities to explore local breweries. First up was Corporate Ladder, our favorite brewery in central Florida - we stopped by three...

Florida’s Sun Coast: stop in Greenville, SC

Florida’s Sun Coast: stop in Greenville, SC

The first day of our trip took us from Durham to Atlanta, and along the way we stopped in Greenville, SC for lunch at a brewery and photos of an urban waterfall. Parking was surprisingly hard to...

San Diego 2024: food & drink

San Diego 2024: food & drink

Thursday This year we arrived in San Diego in the early evening, so after checking in to the hotel {link to hotel blog post} we drove to Hillcrest Brewing to check out what they had on offer....

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)