Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 3: France, finally

Chris is giving a lovely day-by-day account of this vacation, so I think I’m going to focus on the nuts-and-bolts of how we’ve pulled together this trip. Saturday, July 2nd We landed in Paris on July 2nd around 8am.  In France, I booked a 4-week stay in an honest-to-goodness chateau in Chris’ favorite wine village, Puligny-Montrachet.… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 3: France, finally

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 2: Berlin

Berlin is a great European capital I had never visited.  We have friends in Berlin, so in thinking about how to get to Europe this summer, Chris expressed a desire to stopover in Berlin.  Fortunately, the one airline that flies directly between Chicago and Berlin is a OneWorld alliance member (Air Berlin) and economy award… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 2: Berlin

Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 1: Getting to Europe

[Note: I was going to title this “Our European Adventure: 2016 Edition,” but I realized that we were in Europe earlier this year…] After months — nay, YEARS — of planning, we left Chicago on June 30, 2016.  We were laden down with the following: 1 Wine Check, packed with another Wine Check and a litter… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 1: Getting to Europe

Travel: the ideal comfort/experience ratio

I’ve been helping friends plan their honeymoon and it’s been interesting to get their different perspectives on travel.  One of these friend’s perspective aligns nicely with mine: comfortable, but with room for experimentation, the unexpected, adventure.  The other friend leans more heavily towards the experience, with less concern about comfort. That’s not to say that… Continue reading Travel: the ideal comfort/experience ratio

Asia, Part 3

Returning to our regularly scheduled programming… Seoul.  Chris has already written quite extensively about this trip, so I figure I can piggy-back on his (more contemporaneous) writings and just add my own thoughts. It was my first trip back in almost 30 years.  My memories of Seoul are very fuzzy, as I was 7 years old.  Mostly what I remembered were lots… Continue reading Asia, Part 3