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Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America’s Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America's Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Each year from mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christkindlmarket allows visitors to experience authentic German traditions without having to travel any farther than the city of Chicago. Modeled after the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Chicago’s Christmas market sister city, the Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the largest open-air holiday market in the US. And it’s also the most authentic. The market now has ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Views over Nice, France

Foto Friday: Views over Nice, France

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of views over Nice, France. We kept hearing about Castle Hill while we were in Nice, but we just didn’t have the motivation to get our butts up there. A lot of it had to do with the days being rainy; we just didn’t think ... Read More »

My Favorite Moments in Nice

My Favorite Moments in Nice

After spending a glorious four days in the French Riviera, I finally understood what all the fuss was about. With beaches, great food and French charm, if I lived in Europe, it would probably be my favorite getaway destination as well. As I mentioned before, we really didn’t do much in Nice, but after moving around every two days in Italy, it ... Read More »

Pretending to be Rich and Famous at Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco

Pretending to be Rich and Famous at Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco

Known as a playground for the rich and famous, Monaco in person is every bit as flashy as I had envisioned. Think luxury cars, Grand Prix races, super yachts and of course, the famous Monte-Carlo Casino. Seeing as my trip around Europe had a budget to stick to, I didn’t actually stay in Monaco as the prices were just too ... Read More »

A Foodie’s Guide to Niçoise Cuisine

A Foodie's Guide to Niçoise Cuisine

Of course the French Riviera is known for its beaches and yacht clubs, but it’s also a dream destination for foodies! Walking through the narrow streets of Nice, it seemed every other shop was a cafe or a market selling local products. With four days to spend in Nice we actually didn’t do much, we just ate a lot. And boy ... Read More »

The Colorful World of Cinque Terre

The Colorful World of Cinque Terre

Long ago, before the unification of Italy, people created beautiful coastal towns sitting atop the hills. Not accessible by train, these five hidden gems could only be reached by foot, boat or mule. Forgotten by much of the world, it wasn’t until quite recently that tourists started to arrive. Literally translating to “five lands”, Cinque Terre includes the five villages ... Read More »

Cancun: More than Just All-Inclusive Resorts

Cancun: More than Just All-Inclusive Resorts

I had never been to Mexico until this past September. Yup, that’s right. The one place where even all of my non-traveling friends had visited, I hadn’t. And you know why? Because Cancun had never interested me. I honestly probably wouldn’t have visited Cancun if it hadn’t been the destination for the annual travel blogger’s conference TBEX. Whenever I thought ... Read More »

Life Updates + Meet This Month’s Featured Bloggers!

Life Updates + Meet This Month's Featured Bloggers!

It’s been snowy and cold here in Chicago. Yup, that’s right, I’m back home in Chicago.  Of course it’s been nice celebrating the holidays with family after not being home for the past three years, but my feet have been getting itchier by the minute. We’re still unsure of how long we’ll be here, but hopefully I’ll have some exciting announcements to ... Read More »