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    5 Montenegro Must-Sees

    On a recent visit to the Balkan Peninsula, B and I found ourselves spending one full day in beautiful Montenegro. This country is blessed with sweeping mountains, azure seasides and historic medieval towns. It is simply wonderful. Here are the five Montenegro must-sees that we visited and recommend for anyone lucky enough to travel to this Balkan gem. Five Montenegro Must-Sees Transportation Prior to visiting this less-traveled area of the world, we did some research into transportation options. I’ll give it to you straight: the options weren’t great. Unlike other parts of Europe, public transportation is old and a little sparse. To hit the five places we wanted to go,…

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    5 places in DC to visit away from the Mall

    Washington DC has a lot of great attractions. I have visited several times over the last few years and have never run out things to see and do. However, during my last trip to DC, I ventured off the Capitol Mall for a few stops. Here are five places in DC to visit away from the Mall. Pentagon 9-11 Memorial The Pentagon is the largest administrative office in the world. As we took a nighttime Monument tour, our guide told us it has its own police and fire force and two postal zip codes. Seriously big. I’ve driven past the Pentagon before but never went in the gates. I actually…

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    Thirteen Day Itinerary in Bali, Indonesia

    A trip to Bali was just the birthday present S needed to celebrate her big day. Luckily, she invited B and me along to Indonesia and together we explored Bali and threw in a little Java for good measure. This post will discuss our 13-day Bali Itinerary. Day 1: Arrival in Denpasar Airport When we exited the plane after a series of looong flights, we were warmly welcomed to the island of Bali in Indonesia. I say warmly, but I should really say swelteringly, because Bali is H-O-T. We would spend the next 13 days red faced and covered in sweat. We were most excited to visit the town of…

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    European Christmas 2017 [Travelogue]

    For 2017, we opted to try out a European Christmas instead of our usual celebrations. B and I joined together with four more people to take on The Continent during the holiday season. We’ve discussed the importance of keeping a travel journal, so we wanted to show you an example of what one could look like. The following is my travelogue (admittedly, with some stream of consciousness ramblings) from our 2017 European Christmas vacation. Boise, Idaho  Dad picked up B, M, G and me and drove us to the airport for our Christmas vacation in Europe. We flew first to Seattle, where they were having some sort of problem as planes…

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    Ten Reasons to visit Europe (Benelux) during Christmas

    As we might have mentioned once or twice, we spent Christmas this year in the Benelux region of Europe. Apparently, these countries are pretty small and close to each other geographically and culturally, so they get their own cute acronym. (BElgium, NEtherlands, LUXembourg.) We had a fantastic time over the holiday season and this post highlights ten reasons to visit Benelux at Christmas. Lights People in this region know how to do Christmas lights right. We didn’t see one blow-up Santa or the Grinch. Instead, lights are strung tastefully on the already adorable buildings. This is even more impressive when you think about how the buildings are mainly tall and…

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    Clips from a European Vacation

    Jet lag is real, people. We have recently returned from our wonderfully fantastic trip to Europe for Christmas and instead of a traditional write up about where we went and what we learned, this post will highlight some videos we took along the way. We promise to be more on top of it next week, but for now enjoy our (amateur) videos from a European vacation while we catch up on some desperately needed zzzzzz’s. Ostend, Belgium: Christmas lights displayed on the Cathedral Ypres, Belgium: bells ringing in the Lakenhall (In Flander’s Field Museum) Brussels, Belgium: window shopping with the Christmas throng Brussels, Belgium: Chestnuts roasting on the open fire…

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    Five Things To Do in Salt Lake City

    Salt Lake City is not the most exotic location on the planet. However, there are plenty of fun things to do and see there. It is an especially good location to begin a trip out west. Due to its proximity to Idaho, it makes an excellent weekend getaway and we find ourselves there a couple times of year for various events (mostly concerts). Below are my five favorite things about Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Recommendations 1. The State Room I go to a lot of concerts. I hesitate to put a number on it because then I will realize how much money I am spending on concerts and…

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    What to do in Boston Depending on Your Length of Stay

    Recently, R and I spent a day in Boston, Massachusetts. Now one day may not sound like much, but even a short amount of time in Bean Town is better than no time at all and I am going to share with you some tips on what to do in Boston based on your length of stay. I love Boston. It is my favorite east coast city by far, and I always jump at the chance to visit. I was first introduced to the city back in high school. It was my first time to the east coast and although I have been back east many times now and have…

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    10 Surprising Things about São Miguel Island in the Azores

    R and I spent five and a half days driving around and exploring São Miguel Island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Locally, it is referred to as The Green Island. I just called it stunning. We knew it would be pretty and we figured we would have a good time. It was and we did (see this post for more photos). However, there were definitely some surprises in store for us on this particular adventure. Most were good. But there were a few that were not so good. Below are 10 surprising things we learned about São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal: The size At 293 square miles and…

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    A Peek at the Azores

    We are currently visiting São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores. It is called the Green Island and if you visit, you will see why. We have got some tips and tricks we will share with you in the future. In the meantime, enjoy some Azores photos which include our favorite views of this incredible island. UPDATE: To read more about our time in the Azores, read 10 surprising things about São Miguel Island. Azores photos