Ancient (and not so ancient) Athens

Going to Greece from Romania was a pretty last minute decision. Luckily, there is no shortage of things to do there! We started in Athens, arguably the heart of the ancient world. Our hotel, the Hilton, was a nice place to stay and in a pretty good location, but the best part was the view.…

Bran Castle

When discussing the tourism industry of Romania, often many people will only know of one specific sight to be seen- and they will call it “Dracula’s Castle”. In addition to being far from the only landmark in the country, the connection to Dracula isn’t as cut and dry as many people think. It is widely…

The Footsteps of Saint Andrew

Growing up as a Catholic girl attending Catholic schools, the legends and parables of saints surrounded me throughout my childhood. I sang to Saint Anthony whenever I lost something, I thought of Saint Jude when I was feeling hopeless, I wished the blessings of Saint Francis on every animal I saw. The one saint who…

Mamaia and More

I’ll be honest in saying Romania probably wouldn’t have shown up if I had written a list called Countries I Really Want to Visit. But when my husband went there on a work assignment and stayed for nearly a month, for the second year in a row, he logged quite a bit of exploring and…

The Tranz Alpine Train

Using one whole morning of our time in New Zealand to ride the Tranz Alpine served two purposes- one, it would provide us with a very scenic way to get across the south island, and two, it allowed my husband to take a break from driving and sit back to enjoy the views. Apparently some…

Riding into the Blue Mountains

One of my favorite days of our whole honeymoon was our Blue Mountains day trip in Australia, for a few reasons. First of all, we got there via motorcycle, which was so fun. We usually love taking rides on my husband’s motorcycle at home, but being so busy with wedding plans meant it had been…

An Evening with Lazy Dazy

A lot of the time that we spent in Australia’s Red Center was situated around Ayers Rock Resort, a little “city” made up of hotels, restaurants, stores, campgrounds, and beautiful desert views. In addition to all of that, the activities staff ran all sorts of great trips and tours that made exploring Uluru really easy…