Pondicherry + Auroville

Pondicherry + Auroville

When we decided to expand our India trip, many who heard we were visiting Tamil Nadu recommended a stop in Pondy, as the locals like to call it.  Although it is officially named Puducherry, no one ever calls it that. Pondy is the perfect place 

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

I first visited Chiang Mai in 2008 and it quickly became my favorite city in Thailand. It’s just the right size – big enough that you’re never bored but small enough where you can get around quickly and the traffic never becomes insufferable. It’s a city 

Awfully Cool Amsterdam

Awfully Cool Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s reputation precedes it.  It’s a beautiful city and incredibly vibrant, but because we visited during poor weather (scorching hot) and peak tourist season (a summer weekend), we didn’t enjoy it to its fullest. Amsterdam’s metro ticket machines are a bit antiquated, so try to be 

Nice is Nice (and so is Monaco)

Nice is Nice (and so is Monaco)

So Nice was very crowded in the summer, and quite touristy, but it was still a very fun city to walk around and explore.  If you want something a bit quieter, we suggest Antibes (see below).  We avoided towns like Cannes since we were trying 

Côte d’Azur sounds so much sexier than Southern France

Côte d’Azur sounds so much sexier than Southern France

Heck, even the French Riviera and South of France has a nice ring to it.  We should really learn from the French on how to name things.  Also, technically this region is “Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur”, of which we saw a lot of.  So below are the 

Valencia

Valencia

Valencia We really enjoyed Valencia. It was the perfect blend of a big enough city where there’s a ton of things to see and do but not so big that it felt overrun with tourists. Our Airbnb was great – probably the most organized host 

Sintra Stole Our Hearts – The Day Trip You Must Take

Sintra Stole Our Hearts – The Day Trip You Must Take

A day trip to Sintra is a MUST do from Lisbon.  Admittedly, there was one place in Sintra that snatched most of our time and interest and that is Quinta da Regaleira (more details below).  But it is totally understandable why this town was a 

Perfectly Porto

Perfectly Porto

  After many weeks on the road stopping a few days in each location, we wanted to find a place to stay put for a bit, take it slow and recharge. Y had heard great things about Porto so we decided to go. Even though 

Biking Around the Beauty of Bordeaux

Biking Around the Beauty of Bordeaux

Watching the World Cup Winners #allezlesbleus We already knew finding a seat to watch the 2018 World Cup would be hard.  We had experienced increasing difficulty in Nice for the semis and Marseilles for the quarters, and Portugal and Spain for the groups.  We noticed 

Livin’ la vida Lisbon

Livin’ la vida Lisbon

Lisboa is super colorful and cute, reminds us a bit of San Francisco with the hills, cable cars, and oh yeah, the “golden gate bridge.”  We loved the laidback vibes and excellent food.  Everyone, even the visitors, were friendly.. we chatted with Barcelonans and Americans