Strasbourg, Stroudsburg… so not the same

Growing up so close to the Pennsylvania Poconos, Stroudsburg is a name I am quite familiar with. However, over here, Strasbourg is all the rage. I think within our first month here I had heard of the French village and that their Christmas market was one of the best. The only problem was with my knowledge of Stroudsburg I couldn’t for the life of me pronounce Strasbourg correctly. I hope I haven’t sounded too out of touch when talking about it over the years. Being so close, many Americans from the bases here visit Strasbourg, and I would venture to say that most of them come away in awe. It has been on my list for sometime and with Elaine visiting, I finally made it there.

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Beautiful Holland

Our last summer in Europe is being well spent if I do say so myself! This year traveling is a bit more complicated since we now have Poppy, but I feel good about our plans. If we didn’t have Poppy I would probably travel too much, and wear myself ragged to get in all the last trips, so it has actually worked out quite well. Brock has 3 weeks off from Kindergarten, and so far in those weeks we have taken a little trip to Holland, and another to Bavaria. Those two trips have been to two of the most beautiful locations we have visited. Hands down. But see for yourself, here is Holland…  Continue reading

What’s to do in Luxembourg?

We had one day left with the Boyd family and we were going over options for the day. We listed a few local things like the animal and tree top parks but the appeal of getting a fourth country in during their 10 day trip prevailed. Fil chimed in with a “what’s there to do in Luxembourg” to which my travel researching self laid out the day we could have. I won, and off we went.  Continue reading

à Votre Santé

It’s funny. It seems that the nicer the weather is the more we explore… but the more we are out, the less time I have to tell you all about it. So forgive me, I am a little behind. In my last post you got a brief look at our fantastic visit with the Boyd family and now I am finally getting into some of the new places we saw with them.

A must see on their list was Paris, which we did not care to join for. I sent them on their way with train tickets in hand, hoping that our plan to meet the next day in Reims would go off without a hitch, and it did! It really worked out great. Bright and early the next day we drove out to Reims, France and got there a little after their train arrived. Before they left for Paris we had talked about how to spend the day, and the goal was simple. See the cathedral. Get some champagne. In all the travel materials that we both read it seemed that Reims could be summed up by those two things and it worked out great since we didn’t want to stay too long as we had another stop in mind for the day.  Continue reading

Is that the sun I see again?

Spring has sprung in Germany! The wild flowers are starting to pop up, bumble bees are busy at work, we can actually see and feel the sun AND we are jumping with both feet back into traveling around Europe. Our days are quite busy now with Brock’s schedule, but I am really feeling great! The better weather has encouraged Poppy, who is now 6 months old, to really enjoy walks so we go on a good 2 mile walk every day after putting Brock on the school bus. Oh, did I not mention that? My little 3 year old, well almost 4, takes the city bus to school and back 4 times a week! His teacher rides the bus and helps the kids buckle up and get on/off and he absolutely loves it! Here is a video of his first time getting on the bus:  Continue reading

9 Hours in Paris

Happy New Year everyone! 2018 is going great so far for us over here. The big news is that our big boy is really a big boy. NO MORE DIAPERS FOR BROCK! We are very proud of how quickly he took to the training, and he is very proud of himself. Maybe TMI, especially for my opening paragraph, but he is especially proud of his “big dinosaur poops” in the potty. What a funny kid! This New Year has also brought relief from a stressful situation at work for Fil, and a fantastic visit from the newlyweds, Fil’s sister Sara and her husband Chris. We had an absolute blast with them in Germany, and an experience in Paris!  Continue reading

Trooping the Colours 2017

Danielle and I were incredibly lucky to be in London for the Queen’s official birthday celebration, Trooping the Colours. The Queen’s true birthday is April 21st, but is officially acknowledged on a Saturday in June, and this year the celebration happened June 17th, less than 24 hours after we landed in London for our girls weekend.   Continue reading

London Calling

Yoohoo, London calling! You might think it is impossible to see London in 36 hours, but with a little planning you can do quite well. London was a trip that I wanted to do for some time but had put off for a number of reasons, but when one of my best friends says “I’ll come visit you, but can we go to London too?” I said YES! We planned her whole trip to Germany around Father’s Day since Fil would be home and could watch Brock while we had a girlfriend’s weekend away.

All I can say is that if you have any less than a full week to spend in London, plan, plan, and plan. Danielle and I made a list of the things we wanted to see and did our best to cross everything off of it… and we did pretty darn good. Each of us only missed one attraction that we wanted to see. Now of course we could have extended our list to fill any amount of time, but for our short time we wanted to hit all the bigs, and we pretty much did just that.  Continue reading

Our favorite, Valencia

This is it, the final port of our cruise before returning to Marseille and then back home. Beautiful Valencia turned out to be our favorite port and a true surprise for both of us. Spain was never on our “must travel to” list so we were not really excited about it, but since it was our last port we gave it a shot and were blown away. Goes to show you should always try things you normally wouldn’t. 

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Double take, two quick ports of call

After the most amazing day in Sicily, we were interested to check out Cagliari even though we did not have any plans or ideas of what lie on the island. Cagliari, the capitol of Sardinia, was our last port of call, and was another stop that didn’t seem to have anything that would take our breath away. But we went out and adventured anyways with the hope of finding a gem.

You might detect a theme here… we climbed up the mountain that the city was perched on to the top to catch some views. Looking down on the port the city did look really beautiful. I don’t think we really captured it in the pictures.  Continue reading