Porto, Portugal

After our longest bus ride yet we landed in Porto, Portugal. Though it was the longest (13 hours) transit, it was the most enjoyable because of the breathtaking views of the northern coast of Spain and Basque Country. Porto has spectacular mountains, rich history, and the famous Douro River. Just south of Porto across the…

Photo Gallery ~ Bilbao, Spain

We spent three beautiful days in Bilbao eating pintxos, drinking wine, and lounging on the beach in Basque Country. View from Artxanda. You can take a tram from the city center – Funicular de Artxanda to the top for spectacular city views. Art installation at the Guggenheim. Stranger Things took over Bilbao! Street performance featuring…

Three Weeks on a Bordeaux Vineyard

We arrived at the vineyard three weeks ago with only the knowledge that we would be assisting where needed in the vines and the cellar. Ch√Ęteau Brandeau produces natural wine and though this is a loose term in the realm of wine classification, it is taken very seriously to keep winemaking as natural and eco…

A Day Trip to Champagne – Paris, France

While in Paris we were thrilled to take a day trip to Champagne. We looked up many preset tours of champagne houses with transit and scheduled tastings included, but frankly that’s just not our style and many of them seem greatly overpriced. So instead, we set out to make our own tour de Champagne and…

6 Hours in Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland

We went back and forth about venturing over to Edinburgh. It would be a 1.5 hour bus ride to and from so we were on the fence with our limited time in Scotland. By pure coincidence, however, my good friend (Ellyn) from childhood was in Edinburgh the same week that we were in Glasgow. Perfect!…

(Free) Sightseeing Adventures – Glasgow, Scotland

When traveling for five months it’s best to keep budgets in mind. Free activities are a must. We have greatly enjoyed walking to and from to get a lay of the land and enjoy local architecture. Glasgow Botanic Gardens We were fortunate to be staying down the block from the Botanic Garden. Our fellow traveler…

Wildlife – Kerrera, Scotland

Over the past couple of weeks we have encountered an assortment of wildlife. These are only our interactions and we will need to do a bit more research (definitely not entirely accurate). We will start with the most popular and end with the animals too elusive to be photographed. Sheep Thousands of sheep, sheep when…

Island Lap – Kerrera, Scotland

Two weeks into our stay, it was finally our chance to take the full trip around the island. We were told that it is a 4-hour hike, so we were excited to see it for ourselves. The image above is a map that is posted at at the ferry dock for incoming travelers. We were…

First Impressions – Kerrera, Scotland

We boarded the ferry after a 10 minute taxi from Oban. We received prior directions that we could throw our bags in the ferry house and take the 45 minute hike to the Kerrera Tea Garden and our future cabin. The last ferry from Oban to the island is at 6:00PM, so we need to…

Itinerary

I wish I was the type of person to just book a plane ticket and go. Find my path along the way, jump on trains, sleep in hostels…. but I need a plan. Over a year ago we with started with the idea of traveling the world and expanding our wine knowledge. We threw dozens…