Pike Place Market at Night
Apr23

Pike Place Market at Night

While I was home last, I made a stop at my beloved Pike Place Market–one of those famous sights that’s really worth the hype and not just for tourists. After being in Spain this long, I now look at the market with new eyes, chuckling at the peeled and deveined shrimp; which in Spain is basically sacrilegious. But mostly I just daydream about living in the area, and doing the majority of my shopping there:...

Read More
The French Pyrenees: La Mongie
Nov04

The French Pyrenees: La Mongie

        As we drove further and further away from Lourdes, past pretty Bagnères-de-Bigorre , and through the green valleys of the French Pyrenees, we made the ascent to the largest ski station in the area: La Mongie. Stepping out into the cool, clean mountain air, the only thing we could hear were the occasional barks of some shepherds’ dogs, and a whistle or two from their master who was overseeing...

Read More
The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
Oct29

The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France

After a disappointing experience in Lourdes, I needed something that was the polar opposite of mass tourism. Driving further into the French Pyrenees, I stopped at the cute town that was the site of one of the Tour de France finish lines that I was at earlier in the summer: the colorful, small town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Ah, yes. This would be the perfect place to wander the pastel-toned streets with my family, sip on a steaming...

Read More
Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France
Oct25

Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France

I loved the Pyrenees so much, that I was back a month later–but this time, staying just on the French side. A couple of hours spent wandering the streets of Pau in southern France was a spontaneous decision fueled by hunger, that made a nice pit stop on a sunny August afternoon.  While the town itself wasn’t particularly memorable, some bits and pieces stood out (check out that gorgeous mint green door!) Certainly...

Read More
Rome-ing: My Photo Diary Through The Eternal City
May15

Rome-ing: My Photo Diary Through The Eternal City

I can’t believe I’m still sharing Rome posts, but it’s been nice trickling them out gradually and reliving the fun memories I had there over and over again. There’s no rhyme or reason to this post, aside from sharing some snapshots that haven’t yet appeared on the blog. My first-ever trip to Rome was documented on a small point-and-shoot, so this time I may have gone a little crazy with my DSLR and...

Read More
Primo al Pigneto, Rome
May07

Primo al Pigneto, Rome

It’s such a blessing to travel somewhere new in the first place, but to have the chance to go back? Even more so. My first trip to Rome was during my first-ever trip to Europe, right before I did undergraduate research in Athens, Greece. And while the amount of countries I’ve visited isn’t too high, I can say that I’ve been able to go back to certain destinations and peel back another layer of the place each...

Read More