Expat Life

  • Two Years On

    Two Years On
  • Life in London: August 2018

    Life in London: August 2018
  • Life in London: July 2018

    Life in London: July 2018
  • Life in London: June 2018

    Life in London: June 2018

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…

London Day Trip: Hiking in Epping Forest

Home to nearly 9 million people, it’s safe to say London is huge. A couple weekends ago, I learned just how huge when we hopped on the Central Line for an hour and got off on the edge of a straight up forest. Yes, that’s right, a forest in London.…

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…

(New) Home for the Holidays

By the time we boarded the plane back to London last Christmas, we were pretty clear that we would be staying in London for Christmas this year. We were grateful to make the trip back home to Boston then, but, overall, the trip felt rushed and crazy. With Christmas in…

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…