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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: Valencia gardens

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia gardens

Valencia has as a lot of different gardens, some simply between streets, others as large formal gardens. Jardín del Turia The famous former Turia riverbed is now a large, winding park for the city....

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...

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...

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: 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...

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,...

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...

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: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Europe Spring 2024: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park was an absolute must-do on this trip, and it did not disappoint. After a quick breakfast, we grabbed our backpack and were out the door before 8:30am. Our hotel was just...

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...

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)