Around the US

Visiting Mackinac Island

Most people know that Michigan is bordered by 4/5 Great Lakes.  However, what is less well-known is that hydrologically Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are the same lake.   They're divided for a few reasons but mostly because of how they narrow at the Straits of Mackinac between regular Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  The Mackinac… Continue reading Visiting Mackinac Island

Around the US

One Day in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for music - blues and rock 'n roll in particular.  With Graceland just a short drive from downtown, the city has a special connection to Elvis, and Beale Street is famous for soul food and blues.  However, it's about an eight-hour drive from where we live, so I was a little… Continue reading One Day in Memphis

Around the US, National Parks

One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As this blog has established, I really like the US National Parks service, so naturally going on vacation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is something that appeals to me.  The Outer Banks as a whole are great for a beach vacation, but if you're looking to get a way from some of the crowds… Continue reading One Week on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Europe

A Tour Through Central Europe

This past week was my fall break.  Since Thanksgiving isn't really a French holiday, the fall break comes about midway through the semester like spring break would.  So, about a month ago, I booked myself on a tour through some of the capitals of Central Europe - not speaking German, it wasn't the best idea… Continue reading A Tour Through Central Europe

Europe, Italy

Siena and the Sea

After two intense weeks of traveling around Italy, it's nice to work on this post on a train taking me back to  Orvieto after a weekend at the beach.  Cinque Terre is home to five tiny cities of about 1000 inhabitants each.  The tourists crowd it in the summer, but it's still a lovely little… Continue reading Siena and the Sea