The Basic Bon Vivant’s Guide to Champagne: Epernay

For our second day in Champagne, we decided to check out the other “major” city in the region, Epernay. It is under an hour on the train from Reims through the vineyards of Champagne. Considering both Reims and Epernay are located in the same region (Champagne) and known for their…

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The Best Champagne Houses to Visit in Reims

We visited Reims for a weekend for my birthday and how better to spend it than learning more about a favorite celebratory beverage, champagne? With only one day to tour them, it was important to me that we visit the best champagne houses in Reims. With so many to choose…

The Basic Bon Vivant’s Guide to Champagne, France: Reims

As the title of this blog suggests, I can be pretty basic. One of the basic things about me is that I do indeed love me some bubbles. Bubbly water, bubbly soda, bubbly wine… I prefer sparkling! When it came time to choose where I wanted to go for my…

Transylvania, Peles Castle and Bran Castle, Romania

For us, the big draw in visiting Romania was the chance to see Transylvania. Transylvania had captured both of our imaginations with its tales of vampires and castles. Andrew found day tours that would take us there from Bucharest during our weekend in Romania. We booked one for that Saturday…

Holiday Hike in Surrey

Our hiking schedule took some hits this fall. First, we had to cancel our October hike in the New Forest due to the crazy hurricane winds that hit the UK that weekend and Andrew was sick. Then, I sprained my knee and its recovery has not gone as quickly as…

Christmastime in the Cotswolds

We decided to stay in London for Christmas, so Andrew’s parents booked a trip to visit us just before the holiday. Since it was their second trip to London, we decided to head somewhere new for the weekend! Andrew and I had been hearing about the Cotswolds pretty much since…

Bucharest, Romania Travel Guide

Where to begin with Bucharest? In some ways, the revitalization of the city after joining the EU is very evident. Yet the many crumbling, beautiful buildings and other brutalist buildings stand as a reminder of the city’s complicated past. Once called “the Paris of the East,” once home to a communist…