Three Nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

If there’s one place I recommend you go in France, it’s Sarlat-le-Caneda. This gorgeous medieval town is the perfect home base for exploring the area’s rich history, culture and food scene. Beautiful stone streets, rolling hills and valleys, stunning villages along the river, caves a plenty and a food scene…

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Bordeaux to Sarlat via St Emilion and Monbazillac

As I outlined in our Dordogne itinerary, our first day in France was spent on a road trip of sorts. We drove from Bordeaux to Sarlat, where we stayed for three nights, winding our way along to include some sightseeing as we made our way inland. Normally a two and…

Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda, France: Dordogne Region Itinerary

With so much information available on the Internet these, it can be difficult to find places to visit around Europe that are surprising. Our most recent French adventure, to the Dordogne, Sarlat and Bordeaux, absolutely surprised us. While we expected a relaxing weekend in the French countryside, this incredibly charming…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Adelboden and the Parkhotel Bellevue

Though it was the trip of a lifetime for both of us, our backpacking trip through Switzerland was Andrew’s idea and really Andrew’s dream. In the early planning stages in early 2017, I agreed to the trip on one condition. During our days off from hiking, we’d stay in a…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Gimmelwald and the Mountain Hostel

We arrived in Gimmelwald on a foggy afternoon, on our last day of backpacking through the Swiss Alps. Gimmelwald sits overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley, perched on the mountain edge at the end of Via Alpina Stage 12. When I say fogg, that is perhaps an understatement. We could barely see…

Backpacking the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 12, Mürren, Gimmelwald

On our last day of backpacking in the Swiss Alps, we awoke to a colder, grayer morning than we’d experienced to that point on our trip. It was a bit surreal to get up and know that would be our last day on the trail. There was a peacefulness to the…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Lobhornhütte

After a day of rest in Wengen and Lauterbrunnen, we packed up our backpacks for another day on the trail, this time headed to Lobhorhütte. Set up in the mountains overlooking Lauterbrunnen opposite the Jungfrau, it is a truly special place. We had a lot of fun hiking up in…