I’m obsessed with packing lists. I can be scatterbrained and I hate the feeling that I’ve forgotten something. So I often review bloggers packing lists to compare against my own, looking for tips and ideas on packing even better than I already am. But my packing lists change depending on circumstances: Purpose. Work travel requires that I… Continue reading Packing light, pretty, comfortable: Having it all!
I spent a lot of time — over two years — planning our trip to Burgundy, France last summer. I did not spend nearly as much time planning on how to travel with kittens. This is because we were not supposed to have kittens when we left. Before our beloved tabby passed in November 2015, we… Continue reading Traveling with Kittens (or, First World Problems)
The travel points/miles game is confusing, ever-changing, frustrating, and exhilarating. Airline Points & Miles This year, we’ve been fortunate to fly all over the world on points/miles: In March, Chris and his mother flew to Paris in business class, round trip, on American Airlines for her birthday. We paid 200K AA miles for these two round-trip tickets. In… Continue reading Using Points & Miles in 2016
Some thoughts on what I’ve learned after planning our Burgundian adventure for so long… I can live out of a 26L backpack indefinitely and still feel stylish, fabulous, and comfortable. I can still overpack with a 26L backpack. There were a few bits and bobs that I could have done without (*ahem* the road atlas!).… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 6: Lessons Learned
After four glorious, restful, magical, quiet weeks in rural France, how on earth could we go back to our busy, crowded, city life? We tried to plan our last days in France so that our departure was smooth and relaxed and in line with the rest of our vacation. First, we did NOT have a… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 5: The Return
We’re now back from France. Chris has been doing a great job of keeping notes and blogging about our daily adventures there. This post is more about the day-to-day life there… First, it must be noted that we were very fortunate with the timing of this trip with respect to our careers. Neither of us had to… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 4: Figuring Out Day-to-Day Life
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