Ferrara Day Trip with a Hike

One thing that’s been missing from our time in Europe so far is time in nature. Even our day trips to smaller cities like Modena still feel very urban. I found myself longing to be amongst a bunch of trees! So I did a little research and discovered that the town just to our south…

Overnight in Venice

After our trip to Verona, Chad and I separately but nearly simultaneously reached the conclusion that for our Venice trip we did not want the curfew of having to catch the last train back. So, we used some credit card points to book a hotel. We decided to prioritize location so it would be convenient…

Fair Verona Day Trip

When we were choosing a home base for this part of our time in Italy, it ultimately came down to Verona or Padua. And we knew whichever we didn’t choose as a home would definitely warrant a day trip. We first envisioned combining it with a trip to another old, beautiful town called Mantua, but…

A Day Trip to Modena and Bologna

One of the reasons we chose Padua as our month-long base is the ease and proximity of all the other amazing old cities in northern Italy, pretty much all of which have UNESCO World Heritage designation for something.  Since we hadn’t done a lot of pre-planning about what we wanted to see while we’re here…

Padua: We’re Home

Life in Italy is very good. We’re about one-third of the way through our 30-day stay in Padua and have continued our favorite Milan routines here. We’ve already done two major day trips that I’ll write about in future posts, but for now, here are some of the things we love about Padua. Embracing Old…

My 100th Blog Post is about Milan

By my count, this is the 100th entry I’ve posted on this blog. I thought about doing a “100 Things We’ve Learned By Traveling” or “100 Favorite Experiences on Our Trips” type post to celebrate, but I’m already finding it hard to balance all the posts I want to write about this leg in Italy…

Lake Como Day Trip

By our third day in Milan, we already felt like we’d been there a week, which is one of my favorite things about travel. Time moves so slowly in the best possible way. We’d managed to see some of the major Milan sites (more on that in the next post) and having a Tuesday free…

FAQ – Are We Really Abroad Again?

Yes! We did it! We left the US and returned to international travel. I am writing this from Milan, Italy, and am looking forward to posting more frequently again as we get to see and do awesome things. We’ve been here just four days and I already have at least two full posts worth of…

FAQ – What Did We Learn on Leg 7?

We will always look back fondly on our second U.S. leg, which included New Orleans, Palm Springs, and Sedona for our long stays. Here are five lessons we learned on Leg 7: Living Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Live is Worth It This leg, we prioritized month-long stays in two pricier locales because they were…

FAQ – How Did Our Numbers Work for Our Second U.S. Leg?

Our second U.S. leg (aka, Leg 7 of our travels) was just as fun and rewarding as the first. In fact, in some ways it was more so because we were able to have more family and friends visit us than ever before and were able to visit more family and friends as part of…