: longing for the distance, distant countries; wanderlust

Castle Chronicles: The Tower of London

It’s hard to include little snippets of these great towering legends in general blog posts. These monuments of history deserve more than just a passing glance as they hold so much of our past in them. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine piles of great stone bricks shaping what the future became, but these buildings were […]

The Great English Roadtrip: Part Three

As we become more experience travelers, Tristan and I have learned that we don’t always have to check off every item on our daily itinerary. Oftentimes, we set out for a packed day with intentions of visiting every destination, but ultimately we one place is more desired than another; or we don’t want to cross […]

The Great English Roadtrip: Part Two

The next morning, we loaded back into the car for the next leg of our Great English Roadtrip. Tristan had expressed interest in taking the ferry across the Channel as well, so off we sailed across the Channel. Unfortunately, it was incredibly foggy, so we were unable to really enjoy the view, or see the […]

The Great English Roadtrip: Part One

It’s still incredible to me, that I can show my parents the success that I’ve built in such a way that I can bring them to another part of the world for the very first time. I think it’s safe to say that my parents likely would never have made it to Europe had I […]

Castle Chronicles: Gravensteen Castle

The castle was mentioned briefly in my previous post about Ghent because I felt it needed its own post as do all the castles we have visited. The Castle of the Counts makes seven castles visited at the time of our travel to the city, and one of our favorites. We were able to meander […]

Gent, België

What do you do when you have a three day weekend? Lazying about on the couch was insanely tempting, but we are in Europa after all. Time is of the essence, they say – our time must be utilized! Taken advantage of! Never wasted! So, off Tristan and I went on a 4 hour drive […]

Dachau KZ

Sunday, Tristan and I visited an exceptionally sacred place: Dachau KZ (Konzentrationslager). It was a clear, sunny day. Crisp air, and bitingly cold as the wind blew. The chill seemed fitting; the sun seemed misplaced. When I learned that it wouldn’t be until Tristan was in middle or high school before the atrocities of the […]


Oh, Deutschland! Oh, La France! Oh, Europa – to say that you know how to make Christmas magical is an understatement. Never do I feel the spirit of Christmas, unless I am here in Europe. This beautiful Christmas spirit embraced me around this time in late 2019. That year, we covered three different Christmas markets: […]

A Birthday Weekend in Brussels

The plan had been to leave Rome as our last big hoorah of the season. I needed to get my house in Virginia on the market and save some money… and the COVID numbers are steadily increasing… so we decided to take a travel break until the Spring. But as Tristan’s birthday approached, I really […]

Ein Jahr.

I’ve tried to write this post multiple times and have deleted them all. The menial words I have on my tongue could never fully explicate my thoughts and emotions. Incredible growth has sprouted from my roots – like it’s always been there, a seed within, waiting for the sunlight of experience for the little leaves […]


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