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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...

2023 Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 In 2023 we focused on longer, slower trips. That led to less total flying than in...

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Snorkel Trip with Geoli Charters (Praslin) There was 100% chance of rain according to Google but we awoke to sunshine, yay! We were picked up by van a little after 9am at our hotel, the driver was...

Seychelles: La Digue sights

Seychelles: La Digue sights

Anse Severe This was our 'local' beach, just down the street from our accommodations, and featured multiple beach bars. Eric tried snorkeling on our first day but the combination of shallow water...

Seychelles: Praslin restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: Praslin restaurants and takeaway

Lobster Bay Restaurant Our first dinner on Praslin, conveniently located just a 2 minute drive from our hotel with a few parking spots out front. We had stopped in earlier to make a reservation and...

Seychelles: Praslin sights

Seychelles: Praslin sights

Fond Ferdinand Park Vallée de Mai is the most popular spot to see the famous coco de mer palm trees, but it is expensive at $30pp. Instead, we opted for the smaller and less expensive Fond...

Seychelles: Mahe restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: Mahe restaurants and takeaway

La Perle Noire Restaurant This was our first night on the island, and we arrived right as they were opening at 6pm. Even though the restaurant was fully booked, the owner kindly gave us a table...

Seychelles: Mahe sights

Seychelles: Mahe sights

Anse Royale Beach Our flight landed in the morning, and we had several hours to kill before we could check into our self-catering place. Since the weather was nice Eric pointed us to Anse Royal...

Seychelles: where we stayed

Seychelles: where we stayed

Villa Bella (Mahe) Our check in was easy - the owner was waiting for us and showed me around while Eric unpacked the car. There was an additional tourism fee that needed to be paid in local currency...

Seychelles: flights & lounges

Seychelles: flights & lounges

Altogether, we took a total of 7 flights going and returning from the Seychelles. Three of those flights were standard Southwest Airlines flights to position us to Chicago, or get us from New York...

Seychelles: introduction

Seychelles: introduction

Photos of the tropical Seychelle islands have intrigued me for years. Beaches lined with palm trees and massive boulders, plus large tortoises and the world's largest coconut? Yes please. However,...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Valencia, Spain (Mar)
Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

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)