Monthly Archives: May 2013

Florence: The Land of Space and Sunshine

We got into Florence around 10:30 pm last night. Because we are travel noobs, we didn’t book our Chunnel tickets back when we were planning this trip, assuming that it’d be something we could snag last minute for the same … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends in Paris

Despite the frigid weather (have I mentioned that it’s cold here), we’ve done tons of walking around Paris. Every time it rains, we debate buying an umbrella but the rain abates before we’ve pulled the trigger. We’ve enjoyed lots of … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Climbing the Eiffel Tower

We’ve really liked Paris. The weather has certainly left much to be desired but our days are filled with lots of stops in cute cafes where we eat bread, nuts, fries and drink a half-liter of wine while waiting for … Continue reading

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Paris Is Cold — Really Cold

We took the Chunnel from London to Paris. It’s a tossup between this and flying; oftentimes it’s cheaper to just fly but we would have had to deal with the hassle and cost of getting to and from the airports … Continue reading

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London in 2 Days

After breakfast at Caffe Nero¬†(it’s hard to beat a latte and oatmeal on the go), we hopped on the bus to London. About 5 minutes into our bus ride, Dave discovered that he left his wedding ring at the hotel. … Continue reading

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Oxford, Teddy Hall and Pubs, Pubs, Pubs

In college, I spent my Junior year at Oxford. UC Santa Barbara didn’t have a study abroad program with them, so I had to apply to Oxford, withdraw from UCSB, and then reapply to UCSB after my year at Oxford … Continue reading

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We Need the Internet

We left Sunderland bright and early, around 11 am, to head south toward Oxford. We have a reservation to stay in Oxford Sunday night, and we’re heading to London on Monday, so we had a gap night here to fill. … Continue reading

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The Geordie Life

My mom grew up in Sunderland and never even left the city until she was in her early 20s. She won a pageant — Miss Camay — and got the attention of Pan Am. When Pan Am flew her down … Continue reading

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Driving on the Other Side of the World

We’re in Sunderland — a city in northeastern England. We arrived at Heathrow around 11 am and promptly got a plane to Newcastle. We’ve rented a car since we’ll be doing a good amount of moving around throughout England. Oddly, … Continue reading

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1 Carry-on Suitcase & 20 days in Europe

In the two months leading up to our European vacation, Dave has been pretty insistent on — and excited about — the idea of us only packing 1 carry-on bag each. It has its merits — no waiting for checked … Continue reading

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