One Day in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a tiny country ruled by a Grand Duke, making it the world’s last Grand Duchy. The Grand Duke’s palace is in the center of Luxembourg city. It opens in the summer for tours. Unfortunately, my visit was in late November, so I wasn’t able to go in. On the bright side, November has excellent weather for drinking hot chocolate, which worked out perfectly since The Chocolate House is right across from the Grand Ducal palace.

La Maison Picassiette

Chartres, a tiny town not too far from Paris, is famous for its cathedral, which is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. But Chartres has a well-kept local secret: the Maison Picassiette. If you didn’t go looking for it, you’d never find it. It’s a small house (maison means house in French) Read More

One day in Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel as a day trip from Paris: can it be done? There is plenty of debate on the subject, and while some say it’s at least a weekend-long commitment, others say it makes a great single day excursion. The people in the first camp aren’t completely wrong; it’s true that if you planned to Read More

One day in Amsterdam

Doing Amsterdam from Paris in a weekend was easy. I thought my itinerary gave me a pretty good taste of some different sides of the city. The canal cruise was the perfect way to start it off, because I was able to get my bearings and generally get to know the layout of the city, while learning a bit about the history of the different neighborhoods.

Galway and the Cliffs of Moher

Harry Potter. The Princess Bride. These are just a two of the films that have featured the gorgeous and mysterious landscape officially known as the Cliffs of Moher. This last week I was lucky enough to walk along the edge of them, more than seven hundred feet above the ocean.