Ch√Ęteau Mukhrani Winery

I love wineries. In part, obviously, because I love drinking wine, but also because I find it fascinating to hear about the different vintages directly from the winemakers themselves. I’m no sommelier, but over the years I’ve managed to pick up a teeny bit of wine vocabulary and knowledge. I know I like a dry, […]

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Tbilisi AutoMuseum

I’m not much of a car person. To me, they are tools to get from point A to point B. I don’t by any means hate driving – I do enjoy cruising down the highway belting out Taylor Swift lyrics (badly) at the top of my lungs – but I definitely don’t love it either. […]

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Stalin’s Underground Printing Press

In the early 1900s, the ironclad Russian Empire was beginning to crack. Tsar Nicholas II was in power and was an unpopular and ineffective ruler, who was eventually overthrown during the Russian Revolution in 1917. Meanwhile, the Industrial Revolution began to show significant influence in Russia, but the country remained rural and poor, and those […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Vatican

Before I dive into all my issues with The Vatican, let me preface this with the following: I am a confirmed Catholic, but not at all religious. I don’t have a problem with religion, except when people start wars, are prejudiced/bigoted because of it, or simply tell me how to live my own life according […]

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Narikala Fortress

We’ve reached the time of year where the weather and I really don’t get along. One day it will be freezing cold and dreary, the next it will be balmy, sunny, and a teaser for spring. I’m at the point where I’ve had it with winter and I’m eager for spring to show up and […]

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Throwback Thursday: Rome

Ah Rome. I love it so. After spending a few weeks in Western Europe and then a few days in Eastern Europe, we flew to Rome and got our first taste of Southern Europe. After the tidy streets of Paris and London, and the ancient feeling in Prague and Krakow, the chaos of Rome was […]

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Geneva

Switzerland is one of those countries that’s always been just outside my peripheral vision when it comes to dream travel destinations. Places like New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Argentina are always front and center when I think about where I want to vacation. Slightly off center are most European countries. However, for some […]

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Vienna

Our final stop on our little Europe trip was Vienna. And for me, it began with an allergic reaction on the train. We had bought some marzipan in Budapest, and my pistachio-flavored deliciousness must have come in contact with some peanuts along the way. Since I was stuck on a train, I quickly popped a […]

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Budapest

If you asked a person “what is Europe to you?” you would probably get a lot of different answers. To some, Europe is Paris, with beautiful wide streets on a spring day. To some, Europe is the chaos of Rome. To me, Europe is in the east. I discovered my love for Eastern Europe in […]

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Bratislava

Our journey to Bratislava was a crazy one. Much like Dushanbe, a lot of flights out of Tbilisi International Airport leave at crazy hours – and this is especially true if you choose to book a more…discount airline like we did. Instead of opting for the direct flight to Vienna, we booked the cheaper airBaltic […]

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