I spent a year living and working in Uzbekistan. And, like most people, I didn’t know much about the country before moving there. I quickly learned that Uzbekistan is unlike any other place I’ve lived in or travelled to. As I bumbled around the country from one mishap to another, I quickly fell in love with its beautiful strangeness.
This summer Josh and I were invited to a wedding in Porec, Croatia, which is on the coast of the Istrian Peninsula in the western part of the country. We couldn’t turn down the opportunity to also do a bit of our own exploring before attending the wedding. With only a few days, we decided to visit the sleepy island of Cres, Croatia in the Adriatic Sea.
With huge five-storey square Baroque houses sitting on the meandering Salzach River and a medieval castle towering above the city, strolling the beautiful narrow streets of Salzburg I could feel the city’s opulence and wealth. Salzburg’s culture and history come alive against this picturesque setting, and is only reinforced by being the birthplace Mozart. And the whole scene felt even more perfectly Austrian when I realized the Sound of Music was filmed in and around the area too!
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams.” Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
This past spring I took a road trip around Iceland with a good friend from London. We had such a great time driving part of the Ring Road and exploring the land of fire and ice by van. I finally got around to putting together this little video of our road trip – which just made me want to board the next plane back to Iceland!
Soaking in hot springs is a tradition which dates back to viking times, and an essential part of the Icelandic experience. And while the Blue Lagoon may be the most famous hot spring in Iceland, there are so many other AMAZING and STUNNING spots dotted throughout the country that are worth a visit too. You should probably just go ahead and plan to visit a hot spring a day, every day! I spoke to a few female travel bloggers who shared their favorite tucked away spots to help you get started with your planning – check out the 7 hot springs they recommended below.
Tip: a great resource for finding all of the hot springs and pools throughout Iceland is the website HotPot Iceland. The site shows a photo, write-up and the location of each spot on a giant map of the country.
Iceland truly is the land of fire and ice, where roads will take you from white-capped mountains and glaciers to volcanoes and 100-degree (F) hot springs.
There are an infinite amount of things to do and explore in Iceland and in this post I’m sharing some tips and an itinerary to help you get started with your trip planning. I saw Iceland by van and if this is how you plan to travel the country, this article might be particularly helpful for you.
Packing for Iceland can be a challenge, particularly for a spring trip when the weather can be even more unpredictable than normal. Also, it’s Iceland, so chances are you’ll be doing a lot of outdoor activities that you want to pack the right gear for. And, if you are like me, you are probably flying with a discount airline like WoW Air (although I’ll never fly with them again, but that’s a whole other story!) and so you have to be selective with what you can fit in your small carry-on bag. Well, I’ve got just the packing list for you!
A lil video from a trip a few weeks ago, when we took the EuroStar Train from London to Paris for a long weekend away. There was lots of eating and champagne popping, with some sightseeing in between!
If you’re interested in some of the things we did over the weekend, check out my recent post (here) on my favorite things to do in Paris!
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The first time I came to Paris I was fresh out of high school and on my first sans parents backpacking trip with my best friend. These were the days before everyone had smart phones, when you had to use calling cards or Internet cafes every few weeks to let family or friends know where you were. Perhaps I’m glorifying these days (a sign of getting older!?), but I remember Paris being absolutely magical!
We took photos underneath the twinkling Eiffel Tower at night (that I’m pretty sure we uploaded to MySpace once we were home), romantically rowed boats at Versailles, and ate all the croissants a girl could ever desire. Many years later I’ve since been back to the City of Light a few times, and it’s always just as magical – with a million more things to see, eat and do around every beautiful Parisian street corner!