Europe

Europe: the quintessential vacation for epic history. For culinary diversity. For cobblestoned streets. For scenic beauty. A small continent home to both the largest capital city and the smallest capital city in the world.

Christmas in Zürich, Switzerland

On our way to Alsace, France to see the Christmas markets in 2018, we spent a few nights in Zürich. Zürich is well-known for finance, luxurious lifestyles, and fancy chocolates. We visited just...

Our Favorite French Vacation

In 2018, we booked a last-minute long weekend vacation to France and picked La Rochelle and neighboring island, Ile de Ré, as our destination. Jeffrey and I both are descended from French Huguenots...

Journey Around Scotland

With a name like McCown, it may or may not be pretty obvious that I have some Scottish heritage. Scotland feels a bit like coming home to me – except it’s a little chillier than my home...

Hola from Spain

There are so many reasons to love Spain: the varied and vibrant culture, the food!, the wine, the weather… We’ve been lucky to visit Spain several times and we can’t pick a favorite...

Salty + Spirited Portugal

Portugal, often overshadowed by its Spanish neighbor, became one of our favorite travel destinations – so much so that we quickly revisited the small country as soon as we could. This seaside...

The Magical Land of Lake Como

Three visits to the mesmerizing Lake Como region and I will never get enough of the charming cobblestone streets perched on a hill overlooking the lake. Every moment feels like the perfect time to...

Why I Love Tuscany, Italy

Italy is one of the most popular destinations for American tourists and, whether you’ve been once, twelve times or not at all, there’s always somewhere new to see in the boot-shaped...

Fall in Provence, France

After spending some time in the Alsace region, we slowly made our way to Provence, first staying in Nîmes (with a fun, spontaneous visit from our friend, Marie!) and then heading to the teeny-tiny...