Maymont Park, Richmond, VA

Our Month in Photos: January 2015

It’s a new year! We didn’t get outside of Richmond in January, but I did get a chance to play with my new iPhone photography toys (a new tripod and wide-angle lens). Here’s what the month looked like for us: A mix of in-use and out-of-use train tracks makes Brown's Island in Richmond one of…


Our Goals for 2015

  In 2014, we lived in Germany, spent a full month on the French Mediterranean coast, and visited 17 other countries. And at the end of the year, we decided to move back to Richmond, VA (having just counted the number of countries we visited last year, I’m now wondering why). Safe to say, 2015 will be…

Hollywood Beach, FL

Our Month in Photos: December 2014

Last month, we did some hiking in North Carolina, took a quick trip to Washington DC, and drove all the way to Florida and back for Christmas! Here’s what it looked like: Yesterday, in an effort to break up the post-Thanksgiving drive, we stopped at Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina. The 2-mile hike…

Crowders Mountain State Park, NC

A Surprising View on Crowders Mountain

On the drive home from Thanksgiving, Erin and I decided to stretch our legs with a short hike in Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina. We’d heard from a friend that it was easy to access, not too difficult, and the views were nice. Upon arriving, we grabbed a trail map at the visitor…

Freedom Park, Charlotte


You might have read that after leaving France, we decided to move back to Richmond. As our most recent home in the US, and the place where many of our US-based friends live, it was a pretty easy choice (you know what’s not easy – missing Freiburg a lot). After spending time in Florida with Erin’s…

Vernazza, as seen on the path from Corniglia

Hiking Cinque Terre Doesn’t Have To Be Daunting

Most people don’t realize just how close the 5 towns of Cinque Terre are to each other, but there’s only 12 kilometers between the first and the last. In fact, if all 4 coastal walking/hiking paths are open, the entire route can be hiked in about 5 hours. When I first heard of Cinque Terre,…

Clearwater Beach sunset

Our Month in Photos: September

Each month, we’ll post our best Instagrammed photos to our blog. Here are September’s: Advertisements

The castle in Antibes now houses a Picasso museum

Day Trips From Nice, France: Heading West

It’s been a long time between posts on the blog – sorry about that! We’ll hopefully have more about our transition back to the US soon, but for now, there’s a backlog of written, but not posted, items from our time in Nice. Here’s the first! — As I mentioned in a post about day…

Eze Village Bridge

Our Month in Photos: August 2014

Each month, we’ll post our best Instagrammed photos to our blog. Here are August’s: Advertisements


Daytrips from Nice, France: Heading East

30 days in Nice leaves time for a lot of day trips. Situated right in the middle of the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect jumping off point for short trips to multiple coastal towns. Here are some of my favorite to Nice’s east. Eze Eze is actually two towns; Eze sur mer, which is…