Road Trip through Belgium: Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp

Caitlin Alaina - December 30, 2017

Big cities are often the destination of most travelers. Urban metropolises are well known and convenient to get to. But if you have the chance, venture out to the smaller cities, towns and villages as they will give you a true feel of what the country is really like. Brussels was a lovely city, but I enjoyed Belgium’s quaint quarters even more! After two days …

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Oh for the love of waffles! Brussels, Belgium

Caitlin Alaina - December 20, 2017

Highlight: Grand Place in the center of Brussels (from the photo above). It’s widely known as one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and I couldn’t agree more! You must visit these ornate, historic buildings dating from the 17th century once during the day and once at night – the lights make the architecture even more magical.  Budget: Pack light, skip taxis and take …

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Beach Day in Tel Aviv, Israel

Caitlin Alaina - February 4, 2017

Shalom! Tel Aviv is an exotic version of Miami. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, world class restaurants, thriving nightlife, plus ancient history!  This cosmopolitan city isn’t to be overlooked on your trip to Israel. One relaxing beach day in Tel Aviv is just what we needed before exploring more of the country!  Renting a car is super easy and definitely a cheaper way to go if you’re …

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Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, Austria!

Caitlin Alaina - October 7, 2016

The history of Salzburg and the charm of Hallstatt had me thinking it would be tough for Vienna to compete. Boy was I wrong! Vienna is a city rich in art, a historical hub of famous musicians, keeper of Imperial Palaces and host of some crazy delicious street food. We took the fast train from Salzburg to Vienna and checked into our perfectly located Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth. It was steps …

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Fairy Tale Town… Hallstatt, Austria

Caitlin Alaina - October 2, 2016

The village of Hallstatt is straight out of a Fairy Tale. Hallstatt sits on the edge of a beautiful lake (Hallst√§tter See) framed by the Dachstein mountains (a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps). The village is Austria’s oldest and is recognized for holding the world’s first known salt mine. Populated with just over 700 people, Hallstatt is small and can be explored in a day. After discreetly dropping out …

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These are a few of my favorite things…. from Salzburg, Austria

Caitlin Alaina - September 28, 2016

Long time no blog post! Jon and I spent the summer back home in Columbus, Ohio. Highlights = family, my girlfriends, sunshine, church, road trips, reservoir runs/walks, weddings and good food.  I’m a lucky little bean and have seen quite a few places around this world. One of the most frequent questions I get throughout the summer is… “Where has been your favorite place to …

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Istanbul’s Annual Tulip Festival

Caitlin Alaina - April 14, 2016

European basketball is in the final stretch of the season. Jon’s team is now playing one game a week, typically on Sundays. On Monday, Jon was given the rare day off of practice so I decided to take the day off from teaching!  Did you ever skip school when you were a kid or teenager? I have to admit, I dusted school a couple of …

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Istanbul’s Less Explored

Caitlin Alaina - April 9, 2016

Istanbul is an alluring city. It’s metropolis limit straddles both Europe and Asia, making it the meeting point of the East and West. If you haven’t visited, picture this: modern, architecturally impressive high rise meets tiny apartment with clothes hung across the terrace to dry. Starbucks caramel macchiato meets traditional turkish tea. A crop top wearing teenager meets woman who wears a niqab only revealing her eyes. This is the modern …

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