Around the US, College, National Parks

Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

In my freshman year of college, my mom and I began planning a post-graduation road trip through Colorado. The itineraries varied; my first idea was a two-week exploration of the entire state, which was kind of a lot. Ultimately, I spent four days in Colorado - three with my family and one bonus day on… Continue reading Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

College, Europe, France, Study Abroad

Traveling Alone: Paris, France

Paris, Paris, Paris,De mes amours c'est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  "Paris, Paris, Paris," which is a song that says "Paris" so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was playing… Continue reading Traveling Alone: Paris, France

Around the US, Top Five

Top Five: Detroit, Michigan

Did you know that Michigan is the 11th largest state based on land size?  Or that Alaska is the only state with more water included in its borders?  Michigan is actually surprisingly huge - although Lake Superior is even more surprising (Trust me, the question "How many Liechtensteins would fit in Lake Superior" has become… Continue reading Top Five: Detroit, Michigan

Around the US

One Day in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for music - blues and rock 'n roll in particular.  With Graceland just a short drive from downtown, the city has a special connection to Elvis, and Beale Street is famous for soul food and blues.  However, it's about an eight-hour drive from where we live, so I was a little… Continue reading One Day in Memphis, Tennessee

Europe, Italy, Study Abroad

Reflecting on Rome

Rome, the Eternal City.  I spent a weekend in Rome while I was in Italy last summer, and despite the heat and crowds, I still really enjoyed it.  There's a reason it's popular, after all!  For me, one of the thrills of Rome is the age of everything - like a lot of places in… Continue reading Reflecting on Rome

Europe, France, Study Abroad, Top Five

Top Five – Semester in France

With less than a week left here in France, this will probably be my last post for the semester (finals and a flight are really all that remain).  Overall, this week was pretty chill - final presentations, end of semester discussions, and free food.  CEA, my study abroad program, offered a Stinky Cheese Tasting a… Continue reading Top Five – Semester in France

Czech Republic, Europe

A Weekend in Prague, Czech Republic

Do you love beautiful buildings and fantastic food? Do you want to visit a city that looks like a fairytale? Do you want to burn calories by climbing over a thousand stairs in one weekend? Then you should visit Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic! Real talk, Prague is one of my favorite… Continue reading A Weekend in Prague, Czech Republic

Europe, France, Study Abroad

One Day in Avignon, France

Of all the places I wanted to visit in France, Avignon was near the top of the list. This little Provençal town (also mentioned in my post about day trips in Provence) is, of course, beautiful to walk though, but it's also home to the Palais des Papes (Papal Palace) and the famous Pont d'Avignon… Continue reading One Day in Avignon, France

Italy, Study Abroad

A Guide to Orvieto, Italy

My study abroad program in Italy was absolutely amazing, but one of the best parts of the trip was my home-base town of Orvieto. While there, I wrote a short blog about a typical day in Orvieto for me, and while this post will have some similarities, it's also more of a guide to what… Continue reading A Guide to Orvieto, Italy

Italy

One Day in Vatican City

I visited Vatican City on a Saturday in the summer during my study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. While it was incredibly crowded, it was entirely worth the hype - to me, at least. Some people might disagree, but I stand by what I wrote after my visit in 2018: "The only disappointing thing about… Continue reading One Day in Vatican City