Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

This time last year I joined my husband in Hamburg, Germany for a week while he was at a work conference. It was my fourth time in Germany but only the second time I've ever traveled with him for work, and the first time I was really exploring the Schleswig-Holstein region of the country. I’ve …

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Winter Weekend in Friday Harbor

Fall is my favorite season, and it always seems to fly by in a whirlwind of activities-- tons of family and friend birthdays and anniversaries, several holidays, hunting season, and the general flurry at work as everyone prepares for a strong ending to the fiscal year. As much as I love the beautiful and crisp …

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Germany: A Day in Kiel and Lubeck

While I had an incredible week exploring different towns in Schleswig-Holstein during my solo day-trips around the region, I was excited for Friday. Brian's work conference was over, and instead of using the day to travel home, we used it as one of two days to explore the region together. I had mapped out the different …

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Germany: Boat Rides and Blooms in Hamburg

I had big plans for our second day in Hamburg. After powering through our first full day on no sleep, I thought we would get a good night's rest, kiss the jetlag goodbye and hit the town early on Monday, followed by an afternoon in nearby Ahrensburg to see the castle and what that little …

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Bicycling the Aran Islands

After an incredible day exploring Connemara, we had the opportunity to do something I wasn't sure I would ever do-- we visited the Aran Islands! The islands are in Galway Bay and one of the few places people still speak Gaelic as a first language. There are three distinct islands that can be reached via …

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In the Hills of Connemara

Everywhere we went in Ireland Brian seemed to have a fun Irish ditty to sing along the way. Driving through the hills of Connemara was certainly no exception! I could have easily spent a week in this area of the country. The rolling hills and coastline were beautiful and reminded me so much of home. We left Westport in …

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Day Trip to Vancouver: Granville Island

We drove to Vancouver for a day with my in-laws and lucked out with the weather--the day kept getting more beautiful and sunny as it went along. We ended our time at Granville Island, and there was so much to see and do, only some of which we were actually able to explore, that I thought it …

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Port Angeles and Ferry Rides to Canada

In celebration of our country's independence, my husband and I enjoyed our freedom to come and go freely from the U.S.A. and traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, for a long weekend leading up to my birthday. We looked into the Victoria Clipper, and later discovered you can take seaplanes between Seattle and Victoria, but we …

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Setting Sail at the Center for Wooden Boats

We had another beautiful weather weekend with blue skies, sunshine and lovely breezes, especially off the water. Several people have encouraged us to take on the many water activities available on the Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union--from kayaking to paddle boarding to sailing to scuba diving. We intend to do all of them as soon as …

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