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…

A Week With The Beatles – Liverpool, England

Okay, so maybe not a week with The Beatles but it’s hard to go to Liverpool and not notice their influence around the city. Here are the highlights of our week in Liverpool. We were surprised when we arrived that the entire city center is a shopping complex. A very modern and gigantic walkable shopping…

An Afternoon in Manchester – Manchester, England

We didn’t have much time in Manchester but we certainly didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to experience even just a little bit of the city. We mapped out a loop of downtown with a few stops to make it in time to our 6:00PM train back to Liverpool. Necessary first stop- coffee. We…

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…

Packing for a Scottish Island

Packing for five months abroad in a single carry-on plus a tiny zip-on parasite bag (not the technical term) is no easy feat. How do you plan for six weeks in rainy 50 degree temperatures followed by four months in the European summer? We are still in the UK so I will only be addressing…

Island Fun – Kerrera, Scotland

So how do you keep busy on an island with 60ish people and no ferries past 6:00pm? We were quick to learn and found out that there is plenty to do to keep busy. Here are some of the extracurricular activities that took up our free time. Hiking There is a clear trail around the…