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Trading Cobblestones for the Beach

Hello from humid Florida!  Oh man, have things changed. I have been completely MIA and probably because I still have not accepted the fact that I am not in England anymore. The beach is great, don't get me wrong....but man do I miss England and my former traveling life. I'm not gonna lie....I can't even get on Bloglovin anymore and it's even hard to look at Instagram. I feel a pain in my heart when I get a glimpse of all of you expat bloggers posting gorgeous street views and European food yummies. I miss everything about it.

Catching the Sunset at Navarre Beach Pier

Navarre Beach is a very small beach in comparison to it's neighbor beaches such as Destin or Pensacola Beach. It literally only has about 5 or 6 high rise condos and if you have ever been to the Gulf Coast, you know that this can be very rare. I grew up in Mobile, AL and saw the tourist areas of the Gulf Coast grow dramatically. But Navarre has seemed to stay small somehow.

Beach Bum Life

Ahh Florida. I really don't have much to say in words because the pictures do all of the talkin' for me.

Best Beach Spots in Korcula

The island of Korcula is filled the brim with beach spots. Some are well known and have beach rentals and food spots nearby. But there are also many secluded areas to stop off and have a swim in the crystal blue waters. It's the way an island should be.

Croatian Hospitality & Our Croatian Air BnB Experience

Something I didn't expect to experience in Croatia was the incredible hospitality shown to us from most every Croatian we met. Not knowing too much about the history of the country probably made this a little more enhanced for me but I was in total awe of just how genuinely friendly every one was. I also was pleasantly surprised by the excellent English spoken at the three areas we visited. I have to admit, I have become extremely language lazy. On trips to our last few countries I have not even glanced at common words and phrases. #travelfail.

Beaches of Dubrovnik

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Dubrovnik beaches. We had major beach plans for later in our Croatia itinerary so I wasn't really expecting to spend too much time on the beach here. But wow, did I have it wrong! Today I'm bringing you some of my favorite beach scenes from Dubrovnik and a couple more beaches that I am adding to my list for our next visit! 

Our Last Big Adventure

So I guess I should just go ahead and say lack of blogging has been completely due to my 'being in denial' about moving back to the States. I have been moping and procrastinating and moping some more. But after returning from Croatia, I feel ready to take on the remaining tasks to get us up and moving back to the States. So yay for determination! And I also am changing the blog around a bit. A new name will be coming shortly as well as we will no longer be abroad soon enough (for the time being). But let's not talk moving just yet....k?

So Croatia. What can I say? Our week in Croatia was literally the best week of my life. It was a stunning country and my favorite travel partner and I had an absolute blast! Before this trip, I thought Greece would always stand out as my favorite but Croatia rocked our socks off and is now miles above all of the rest (sorry Greece).

A Sail with the Seals | Blakeney Point

I have been wanting to see the seals like for forever. And finally, Mr. Gunter agreed to take me! Blakeney Point is only about an hour and a half drive from Ely, so we hopped in the car Saturday morning and took off for a gorgeous drive through the English countryside. Side note: the countryside is really beautiful. I wish I could capture it for you all. We literally ride in silence just totally wrapped up in the gorgeous scenes.

Upon arrival in Morston, we ate an amazing lunch of seafood at the Anchor Inn before making our way down to the marina to find our seal tour boat. If you are ever in Morston, STOP HERE!

Top 5 Destinations from 2014 + Top 5 for 2015

2014 was an incredible travel year for us which makes it difficult to narrow down our top destinations for the year! I swear we leave every new destination claiming it to be our favorite. But after discussing what our favorite trips were, we came up with a shortlist. 

Top Travels in 2014

5. Tie: Amsterdam and Paris

After a short trip to Amsterdam with my Dad, we have decided that this city is one that we could definitely return to and actually need to return to. We loved the architecture and the city but we missed out on a lot of the museums. And not to mention, we would love to go back just for the food! 

Amsterdam Posts:

And Paris. We visited Paris while I was sick with a tummy bug and we missed out on a lot. There was sooo much to do in Paris but we still got a good feel for the city and wouldn't mind returning for some food and shopping!

Paris Posts (coming soon)
Thoughts on Paris | Notre Dame | The Louvre
Our Wonderful Apartment | Cedric's CV Night Tour | Montmarte/Sacre Couer

4. Santorini

Santorini is on many a bucket list. And for good reason. The sunsets from the island's cliff side cannot be beat! Plus the beaches, the food, the's all amazing. We so enjoyed our time cruising the island on the ATV and eating the glorious Greek food. And after seeing our first sunset, I was sure I had died and had passed on into some sort of travel heaven. I had permanent chills!

Santorini Posts:

3. Chamonix

As avid snowsports enthusiasts, skiing and boarding the Alps was high on our bucket list while living in England. Our first taste came at Chamonix in France. It was absolutely incredible. We will now be forever spoiled by the Alps, especially now that we have booked 2 more Alps getaways this winter!! But Chamonix will always be our first love when it comes to the Alps.

Chamonix Posts:

2. Germany

We finally got to visit Germany in December. We immediately felt comfortable in this country and I think that it has to do with the similarities to the conveniences of the US. But add in some amazing castles and Christmas Markets and its a perfect country to getaway to. Luckily, we have another trip planned back to our new favorite country in a few days!

Germany Posts (more coming soon)

1. Prague

Germany may be our favorite country but Prague is by far our favorite city and for many many reasons including; the people, the food, the beer, the history, the architecture, the prices, the hotels, everything!! We were so sad when we had to leave Prague after a 3 night stay. We had a perfect trip to Prague and hopefully will get to return before we leave England. 

Prague Posts:

*Honorable Mention: not a destination, but flying first class from the US to the UK was a dream. I got lucky and was able to score a seat and it was just incredible. Oh to lead that lifestyle!

Top 5 for 2015

Ok, here is where reality hits. We will be moving this year and we don't have much time left for adventures in Europe. This hurts my heart just a little bit. Ok, a lot bit. The thought of not being able to hop on a plane to visit a new country every month just sucks. And the crazy person in me wants to spend every last penny we have and travel every weekend until we have to leave. But its just not possible. I have a serious itinerary planned for our remaining months but I'm also trying to be realistic and not go overboard......oh the struggles!

So here is my Top 5 list for 2015:

1. Austria
I am a massive Sound of Music fan and I have wanted to visit the "hills" before we ever knew we would be moving to England. So this WILL be happening! Hopefully, we will get to take a little sidetrip to Hallstatt as well as it looks to be incredibly gorgeous. 

2. Poland
Ever since I read Number the Stars and learned of the Holocaust in school, I have had such a desire to visit Auschwitz and pay my respects to those who were brutally murdered there. I know there are several other sites and if it is possible, I would like to visit those as well. But Poland has been on my list for awhile because of this reason. 

3. Croatia
We are hoping to fit in a beach trip this summer to the waters of Croatia and we are trying to talk some family members (ahem, Dad) into coming with us! Since we visited beaches in Greece and Spain last year, this will be our beach 'fix' trip for 2015!

 4. Italy
After visiting Rome last year, we know we need to get back to Italy. I'm hoping to put together a trip including Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence. Any tips are appreciated on this little adventure!

5. Budapest
From what we hear, Budapest rivals our most favorite Prague. So this little trip is almost completely planned. It looks fantastic!

Of course there are a million honorable mentions. And I am hoping to fit some of those in. But with the nature of Van's job, we never really know exactly when we are moving so this is about all I can plan for at this moment. Oh and in addition to these Top 5, we are headed back to Germany next week and Switzerland in February!!

So there you have favorites from last year and my penciled in travels for 2015!

What travels are you looking forward to this year?

Treasure Tromp

USA Part 2 | The 'South' South

| Dec 27-Jan 2 Perdido Key, FL |

This crazy bunch had a pretty good time down on the coast. Football games, Flora-Bama and seafood...I sure felt like I was back home.

Van, my brother Daniel, his girlfriend Shanda and I all stayed in my little cousin Shelby's apartment for the week after Christmas and we got to catch up on some bonding time. I felt a little guilty for not travelling around and seeing other family members and friends but I knew this time with my family was much needed.

And with this view everyday....sigh.

I was a terrible photo capturer for our time down in Florida. I just enjoyed soaking in everybody through my own two eyes! I got to see my Grandmother, who drove all the way from Arkansas and I also got to see my sweet cousin Kelli! The time was too short but I'm thinking that we will all meet again sooner than later. 

And check out this sunset from one of my favorite Perdido Key restaurants....

Our days were spent outside when the weather wasn't yucky. And when it was yucky, we watched a lot of football at the tiki bar!

And you can't make a trip to the Gulf Coast without a visit to the Flora-Bama. We had our favorite Bushwhackers, and my sweet friend Bridget came by to say hello!

It was hard to say goodbye to family but I know I will be seeing them soon. Florida may be an option for us as a home base in the future and this trip back home made me realise that it might just be the best option. Who knows where the wind will blow us to this year?!

And as for coming back to England, it was so nice to go and pick up my puppies and get settled back into to our British life. However, the jetlag has been absolutely brutal. We messed up by not setting an alarm for our first morning and we slept until 5pm. Talk about confusion waking up and it's dark outside! So I think we may be back on track today but goodness, this has been the worst jetlag so far. 

But, the jetlag lazies are giving me some time to catch up on posts from Germany and Paris (which seems so long ago now) so stay tuned for those coming up! 

6 Things you must do in Greece

I hope you all are having some marvelous Christmas holidays!! Now that we are down in the Sunshine State, I've been reminiscing on some Greek sunlight. I wrote this post awhile back as a guest post on The Overseas Escape and decided it was perfect for this chilly holiday week. Let's all pretend we are soaking up some delicious Greek Vitamin D! Enjoy!

6 things you MUST do in Greece

Watch the Sunset
This may seem obvious when you think about Greek destinations such as Santorini but it seemed like all three places we stayed in Greece had fabulous sunsets leading me to believe that the Greek sky is a sunset haven. Heck, even from the airplane the sunset was stunning. So grab your favorite beverage and find a nice cosy spot to watch. You will find that throngs of others are doing the same thing and the crowds usually cheer once the sun has set. Greek sunsets made me understand why Apollo (the god of Light) was worshipped so!

Go to the Beach
Every Greek beach we visited was completely different! From the different color sands, from rocks to pebbles, to cliff faces and was all so amazingly different! Wherever you are in Greece, find the closest beach and marvel at the Aegean Sea. I can't choose my favorite's a tie between Paradise Beach (Mykonos) and Perissa Beach (Santorini)! Both were very relaxing and gorgeous.

Marvel at History
Greece is pretty much considered the birthplace of Western civilization so you know there is bound to be a ton of historical things to do. I was absolutely enthralled by the geologicial history of Santorini. Santorini is thought to have been where the mythical city of Atlantis was lost forever when one of the largest recorded volcanic events occured from the Santorini volcano! Wherever you are in Greece, there will be many interesting historical facts to discover. So get out there and get to exploring!

Drink local beverages
You most likely will be able to find a local winery or brewery to tour while anywhere in Greece. Drink the local beverages, you will not be disappointed. Our favorite beer while in Greece was the Donkey beers in Santorini: Yellow Donkey, Red Donkey and Crazy Donkey. We were quite impressed with their wine as well. And don't forget, most restaurants will bring you a shot of Ouzo, a liqueur, after your meal, which I found to be quite delicious. So raise your glasses and drink in the Greek flavors!

Take a boat ride
Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world because of the vast amount of islands. So wherever you are in Greece you are bound to find the sea close by. My suggestion, hop on a boat. Whether it be just a ferry ride or on a sailboat, a great way to get a good look at Greece is from the sea. If you are riding the ferry between islands and you have a fairly long journey, I suggest upgrading to Business Class. It's usually fairly empty, quieter and much more comfortable!

Be silly and have fun
Greece has been the country that I have felt most comfortable for some reason. It must be the laid back style of the Greek people. Everyone is so genuinely nice and helpful that you can't help but feel comfortable. So chill out and have some fun!

For more Greek posts or more information on our European destinations, check out my Travels page!

Stay warm my friends!

Revisiting Nice in Photos

In an attempt to edit some photos from our travels to hang on an empty wall in our house, I realized that I really did not give Nice the respect it needed on this first post last year. Granted, this was our first trip out of England. And in the mix of finding a house and moving in, editing these photos was not high on the priority list last year. So, this really is just a big photo dump, nothing more. But in the spirit of celebrating year marks (and for new readers), here are a few re-purposed Nice photos. Obviously, I have been feeling rather sappy and nostalgic lately :)

That gorgeous French Riviera coastline!

Treasure Tromp