Colmar, France

Let's go to France! We recently had the opportunity to visit the Alsatian city of Colmar, in southeastern France, while we were visiting friends in the Black Forest region of Germany. Read more

Hidden History: Maisy Battery in Normandy, France

During our visit to the World War II sites of Normandy in France with our family this summer, we were staying in the great fishing village of Grandcamp-Maisy. While we did take in plenty of typical sites and sights while we were there, we also stumbled across something called the Maisy Battery. I'm not an historian, so don't quote me on most of this. Read more

Day Trip: Mont Saint-Michel, France

Time for a day trip! During our Normandy adventure in France with my parents, we spent our time relaxing and taking little day trips and adventures here and there. One of the main things to see in this region is the impressive Mont Saint-Michel. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landing pad for thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year, it is most easily recognizable as a church that sits...

In Pictures: Bayeux, France

During our stay in Normandy, we spent some time in the city of Bayeux before our D-Day tour with Normandy Panorama. We had a few hours to walk around and see some things before the van disembarked midday. This certainly doesn't capture Bayeux in all its glory, but we did get some pictures and managed to see some sights while we were on foot patrol in the drizzle and temperatures that I would...

D-Day: A Tour in Normandy, France

During our week-long getaway in Normandy, France, the main thing on our to-do list was to see some of the historic sites from D-Day. While I had seen them back in the 90s, no one else in the family had, and it was something my dad really wanted to see. While we found ourselves smack-dab in the middle of all the sites after renting a house in the town of Grandcamp-Maisy, my folks thought it was...

Normandy Getaway: Grandcamp-Maisy, France

I know we just headed off to Oviedo, Spain, for the next couple months, but we had a getaway from our summer retreat anyway. Why? Because. That's why! Actually, my parents were heading over for a visit, and my dad has always wanted to see Normandy. So we thought, Hey, let's all go up there for a week. And then, well, we did. Read more

Staufen im Breisgau, Germany

Let's go to Germany! We often visit here, one reason being that we regularly have to fly through Frankfurt. More importantly, we visit southwestern Germany because we have a lot of friends there, and we've spent quite a bit of time there. We end up going to the village of Staufen im Breisgau a few times per year. This allows us to hang out with our good friends, whether between flights or just...

Traveler Interview: Gigi Griffis

Time for a new edition of our Traveler Interview series! This week, we've got Gigi Griffis on board to talk about her experiences traveling and living across the globe. While we've known of and read Gigi's work for a while now, we originally met her back in 2015 when she swung by Seville for a few days. We were fortunate enough to have a chance to hang out and have lunch during her short stay...

Language Learning: What Do You Use?

Now that we're in Mexico, it's time to up our Spanish game. Between studying, hanging out with our bilingual friends, spending plenty of time doing our daily life routines in shops, running into our neighbors, and trying to get our landlord to forget the mañana attitude and fix some things for us, we've had plenty of opportunity to get our learn on. We spent many years in Chicago - and we are...

Day Trip: A Jaunt to Breisach, Germany

Breisach, Germany In our quest to see a lot of what makes southwestern Germany tick, we’re off on a lot of short trips to some very small towns in this corner of the country. We’re fortunate to have wonderful hosts here, who are eager to show us the area, and to see things they also might have never seen themselves. In this case, though, our host, dust, knows all about Breisach, and was...