Grindelwald First: Switzerland’s mountaintop playground

Switzerland is such a strange wonderful place that not only do they make it so easy for you to get to the top of every towering mountain, but they also give you toys and games at the top! When you want to take a break from hiking and just ride really fast down the sideContinue reading “Grindelwald First: Switzerland’s mountaintop playground”

Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun

Lake Thun is a beautiful lake to the west of Interlaken, Switzerland. There are numerous small towns along the shores and just gorgeous places to take in the view. We made our way around Lake Thun (pronounced “Tune”) stopping first at St. Beatus Caves, then at Oberhofen Castle, then the town of Thun. Here’s theContinue reading “Caves, Castles and Covered Bridges: A Tour Around Stunning Lake Thun”

Hiking Anthony’s Nose: A Day Trip from NYC

Exploring the Hudson Valley by Metro-North is one of the greatest discoveries I’ve made while living in NYC. It can get so concrete around here, if you know what I mean. Life is elevators and subways and street noise. When you get on the Metro-North, you start to see the city fall away to rollingContinue reading “Hiking Anthony’s Nose: A Day Trip from NYC”

Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France

When I think of France, I think of Paris, wine, baguettes, art. J’apprends le francis parce que j’aime le paris (et Montreal et New Orleans!). But some of our fondest memories of visiting France were made at Monet’s Gardens in Giverny. We had a wild adventure getting there and then soaked in the beauty andContinue reading “Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France”

Hiking Breakneck Ridge: A Day Trip from NYC

We have been searching for the perfect day trip from NYC that would remind us that the beautiful world of nature is not really as far away as it feels. Thank god we found it just an hour and a half north! Seriously, Breakneck Ridge Trail is the most fun I’ve had on a hikeContinue reading “Hiking Breakneck Ridge: A Day Trip from NYC”

7 days in France: Paris + 3 day trips

The first time I went to Paris, I was 22 and studying abroad in Rome. I went with several friends. We booked a hostel and had an amazing, unplanned trip. Because Paris is like that: All you have to do is walk around and you will find everything you want to see. I told NealContinue reading “7 days in France: Paris + 3 day trips”