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the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

zagreb, croatia

zagreb, croatia

We visited Zagreb for two days at the end of our Christmas and New Year's trip around central Europe.  Our trip began in Munich, continued on to Salzburg, Ljubljana, and then to Zagreb, and from there we spent another few days in Munich before heading back to Madrid.  Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and it was our first time in both the city and the country, so although we didn't get lots of time in either, we were excited!  

why you're missing out if you're not using airbnb

why you're missing out if you're not using airbnb

If there's one thing I'm not, it's an early adopter.  It's not that I think I am, but I'm not, I know I'm not on the edge of all things new, cool, and hip.  

When Danny and I first started using Airbnb, I felt like we were among the first of our friends and family to give it a shot, and however true that may be, we certainly weren't among its first users - after all, Airbnb got its start in 2008, but we didn't book our first stay until the summer of 2014. 

ljubljana, slovenia

ljubljana, slovenia

If you looked at the title of this post and thought, "Huh? Ljub- what?"...you're not alone.  Ljubljana (pronounced lyoo-BLYAH-nah) isn't somewhere that was ever on our list of places to visit, or to be really honest, somewhere we even knew existed prior to a few months ago.

around the e-world

around the e-world

Maybe not too unlike yourself, I find myself on the internet for one reason or another...basically all the time.  Maybe I'm getting on for one thing, say searching for a particular recipe, but before I know it, I find that I'm reading about North Korea.  Or I could be opening up a new tab to start working out in the morning, and remember that I 'need' to check on this, that, or the other, and before you know it, I'm reading about the royals.  So here I am to share the latest and greatest I've stumbled upon in the past few weeks - some funny, some interesting, and no politics (although no promises for future posts). ;)

bern, switzerland

bern, switzerland

Bern was our third stop on our train tour around western Switzerland in early December.  We flew into Geneva, took the train from the airport to Lausanne, spent a day in Montreux, and now here we are in Bern!  We were on a budget as we had a trip coming up in a few weeks over our Christmas break, plus, as I think most would agree, Switzerland isn't usually known  as a country friendly to those traveling on the cheap.  

lausanne, switzerland

lausanne, switzerland

It seems fitting - although accidental! - to be writing this very Olympic-centric post on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  We were supposed to have more time than we ended up having in Lausanne, but we got booted off our overbooked flight from Madrid the night before and didn't arrive in Switzerland until much later than expected.