European Travel

Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Oh boy, you guys, stuff has gotten real and a lot has happened! We’ve booked a trip to France for our whole family! (I still can’t believe it’s happening!) A few months ago I was daydreaming about a European trip, and I promised to bring […]

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

A year-and-a-half ago, my husband and I took a two week road trip in France. (Spoiler alert: we LOVED it!! Breakdown of our itinerary coming in a future post. . .) But I have to admit, I was initially a little nervous about driving in […]

Handling Money in France: How-to and Tips

Handling Money in France: How-to and Tips

Ah, money. We gotta have it while traveling, but it can be stressful to figure out the best way to handle it while in a foreign country (like, say, France. Did someone say France? Mais oui! Did someone say money? Here’s how I budget for […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips and Strategies

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips and Strategies

I feel that there has been much (metaphorical) ink spilled on the interweb on the subject of packing. I have no desire to rehash ad naseum what everyone else has said, but here’s an outline of how we pack and what has worked for us. […]

Planning a Trip to Europe, Part 4: Food

Planning a Trip to Europe, Part 4: Food

As I mentioned in my post about travel budgeting, I consider us to be “fat budget” travelers — we keep a close eye on our costs, but spend money where it counts. I think food is an area where you can strategically cut significant costs, […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 3, Booking Rooms and Trip Pacing

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 3, Booking Rooms and Trip Pacing

    Houston, we have a problem…All this imaginary trip planning has done nothing to ease my wanderlust. Nada. In fact, I think it’s made my husband catch the bug, and this may turn into a real trip yet. Ha! (Whenever we do go, I’ll […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: part 2, Choosing a Destination and Buying Tickets

Planning a Trip to Europe: part 2, Choosing a Destination and Buying Tickets

Welcome back to planning my would-be trip! Last time we talked turkey about budget figures. Today we talk about the next step of the planning process: how to decide where you’re going and how to get there. If you’re planning a Europe trip (which thus […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 1, Budget

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 1, Budget

So, bad news for me, y’all — I have the travel bug like crazy but no trip on the near horizon! The Detroit Crew is planning a trip this year, but our next (hopefully!) planned one isn’t for over a year, so I’m going to […]

Medieval History Alive: Guédelon, France

Medieval History Alive: Guédelon, France

The last time (part of) the Louisiana Krewe went to France, we rented a car to do a road trip around the northern half of France. It. was. fabulous. (side note: I was a little nervous about driving in a new country, but it was […]

Celebrating Tintin: Château de Cheverny

Celebrating Tintin: Château de Cheverny

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a throwback post in honor of Tintin’s 90th birthday!  If you are unfamiliar with the Tintin books, the comic strip follows a young reporter around the world as he thwarts nefarious plots. Originally published in Belgium (and hence […]