Georgia’s Black Sea

This past weekend Sean and I drove five hours west of Tbilisi to the tiny town of Shekvetili located on the Black Sea coast. We stayed a the lovely Paragraph Resort & Spa which is a part of the Marriott Autograph collection. I’ve previously written about the Paragraph back in October of 2018, and my […]

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Vardzia Cave City

This past weekend we were supposed to go skiing, but Mother Nature had other plans. It hasn’t snowed much in Georgia this winter – there’s barely enough snow in Gudauri for a decent base layer let alone proper skiing. Since our time here may be running thin (long story) we oped out of so-so ski […]

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Mount Kazbegi

This past weekend we were invited to a last-minute quick trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia: Stepantsminda. When we visited this idyllic valley in June we did a ton of hiking, and the shy but stunning Mount Kazbei was completely obscured by clouds and fog. This time around we didn’t set a […]

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Five Days in Stockholm

It seems Sean and I are incapable of traveling to just one city or county at a time. After a few lovely days in Helsinki, we continued our week in Scandanavia with a visit to Stockholm. By comparison, Stockholm is the larger city, so we had five jam-packed days to explore. We arrived in Stockholm […]

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Tbilisi Christmas Lights

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on […]

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Helsinki

I feel like there are two distinct times to visit Scandanavia: in summer when the sun never sets, and in winter when the sun almost doesn’t rise. I have romantic ideas about Finland, Norway, and Sweden’s midnight sun, but was always nervous about traveling towards the Arctic Circle in the winter when my Seasonal Affective […]

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A Love Letter to My Canon M50

Since probably March of 2012 I have been a one camera woman. My beautiful Canon 5D Mark II DSLR was my pride a joy. That spring, I took that camera to Costa Rica¬†where it came along for zip lining, snorkeling, and everything in between. That same year it embarked with me on a three-week European […]

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Santorini

Santorini was always one of those fantastical far-away places I definitely wanted to visit but didn’t know when we would actually make it over there. I learned about Greece and Santorini at a fairly young age when I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book series. You know, like every other young teenager in […]

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Chicago

I often consider Chicago my second hometown. I’ve never lived there personally, but both my parents are from the South Side (yes, really) and much of my extended family lived in the area when I was a child. The first time I remember visiting downtown, I asked my dad how big the city was. His […]

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Door County, Wisconsin

Before yesterday, I’d only been to Door County once. I was 19, my boyfriend of a few months was about to leave for a study abroad in Russia (spoiler, I married him), and we were only there for a few hours. I don’t remember it very well, but we do have these ridiculous pictures to […]

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