Helsinki, Finland

I arrived in Helsinki, Finland in November 2014. The sky was gray and it was cool enough to wear a lightweight jacket but still not freezing cold yet. I flew on Finnair from Paris to Helsinki which was a nice easy 3-hour flight. To get into the center of downtown Helsinki easy and cheaply was […]

Around the World in 180 Days

When I dream of a really great big travel adventure, I’d figure out if around the world in 180 days is doable. Let’s see…. Start off by determining there are 7 continents in the world to visit. Divide 180 / 7 and you get about 25 days per continent. Realistically though, would I want to […]

Unknown Territory

I went into unknown territory yesterday… Well, actually I didn’t TRAVEL to a place so much as I went there on my own through blogging. This is actually about the technical aspects to blogging that every blogger faces at some point in their blog site development. I am using WordPress and have found it to […]

How to Learn French Language in France

What are some ways to learn French language in France? How to learn French language in France is through immersion. One of the best ways to learn a new language is to go on a travel adventure to the country of the language you want to learn. The reason is because you will be integrating […]

The Ultimate Pre-Travel Checklist

23 Things to Make Your Travel Easier Save yourself a lot of trouble by following the ultimate pre-travel checklist before you travel. I have done every single one and offer up my experienced advice to help you have a smoother travel experience on your own journeys. Some of these tips you may know and some […]

Tsarkoye Selo, Russia

Russia Travel to Tsarkoye Selo The Tsarkoye Selo means Tsar’s Village. It dates back to the 17th century. It is a small enclave reached by a 30-minute bus ride to Pushkin, Russia. It is not to be missed, though I would have, had it not been for my daughter’s Professor at the European University of […]

7 Weeks in Europe

What does it feel like to come home after 7 weeks away in Europe? I’m 2 days back but my body still says it’s Paris time urging me to awake when its early morning dark outside at home. Adjusting is always an interesting process. I think it’s easier to adjust coming home than it is […]

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia This was an incredible experience! Forget all the worries about Russia not being friendly to Americans! I had the pleasure of meeting a variety of friendly people many who spoke English. From Uber drivers, to my AirBnB host, to the Professors at EUSP, to just everyday people at restaurants, shops, and museums […]

Hotel in Biarritz: Best Western Plus Karitza

Here is a review on a hotel in Biarritz that I would recommend. It is the Best Western Plus Karitza. (There is another Best Western hotel in Biarritz but this is the one I like) In trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in summertime in Biarritz was a bit difficult. Ideally it would’ve been […]

Driving to Biarritz, France

Driving to Biarritz, France I drove from Bordeaux to Biarritz in the SouthWest of France. It is normally a 2.5 hour drive but I wanted to see the gigantic sand dunes near Arcachon so I stopped there. It was the third week of August so many French are still out on their annual holiday vacations. […]