Monuments

From the spires of the Eiffel Tower to the sprawling rooms of Spain’s Escorial

Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat 995

Sunday brought glorious sunshine to our beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on the Baltic Sea where we were camping.  Instead of motivating us to get out and explore nearby sites, it was all we could do to tear ourselves away from the sand, sun, and surf.  ...

Anybody know who’s buried at the Pantheon?

For me, a trip to Paris wouldn't have been complete without a visit to the Panthéon.  Patterned after the original, much older Pantheon in Rome, the one in Paris was originally called the Église Sainte-Geneviève as it was a church built to honor Genevieve, the...

The Big 3-7 In Lucerne

A year ago, we were in Hawaii on a family vacation during my birthday.  It's still weird to think that just a year later, we're now living in Switzerland and can just drive a few hours to so many neat things!  Sometimes the only hard part is deciding. (more&h...
Colorful tiled roof of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza

Discovering Zaragoza, Spain

On the seventh day of our 2-week road trip through Spain, Travis and I woke up in Collado Mediano.  It was time to pack our things and start making our way back to Switzerland.  We were pretty sad about having to say goodbye to our friend AG, who had been trav...

4 Highlights Of El Escorial

For a welcome change of pace, we left the bustling energy of Madrid and headed northwest toward San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small community about 45 minutes from the city.  With several sites we wanted to see in that area, AG and her parents had generously o...
Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

¡Ayyy, te amo, Madrid! Te amo.

From the land of Swiss cows to the land of Spanish puerco, we finally arrived in Madrid on the evening of the third day of a two-week road trip from Switzerland.  We were excited to see AG, a friend who grew up in Madrid, and relieved to finally be able to sto...