How to Spend One Week in Paris, London & Amsterdam

A week’s vacation in Paris, London and Amsterdam is a fantastic idea, especially for English-speaking beginners to European travel. London is the world’s grandest English-speaking city, making it easy to get around. Paris is one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities, with so many highlights to dazzle your eyes and palate. Amsterdam is equally…

White church, a top a green hill and dusk sky in Paris

Silver Spring, Maryland: Best Places to Go

The diverse community of Silver Spring, Maryland sits nestled along the boundary of Northwest Washington, DC. The Silver Spring Metro stop, on the red line, conveniently connects residents to DC and northern Virginia suburbs like Arlington, Alexandria and National Airport. It only takes 15 minutes on the metro to travel between Silver Spring and Union…

Photo of Alex & Bell at the bar with a platter of selected meats and cocktails

Coronavirus Travel: USA Road Trip Tips

Planning a USA road trip during the coronavirus pandemic and want to travel safer? We recently embarked on multi-week road trip from Washington, DC through West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and back through Virginia. After being cooped up for months, we especially enjoyed lively country music on outdoor terraces in the “Music City.” Nashville…

Alex and Bell in front of the Athena statue inside the Nashville Parthenon

Richmond, Virginia Restaurants You Should Eat At

Richmond has a wealth to offer visitors from historic sites, a flourishing arts scene and fantastic restaurants. The capital of Virginia is home to a state house designed by Thomas Jefferson. Richmond was also the capital of the confederacy during the US Civil War – you can tour the White House of the Confederacy. Another…

Statue of George Washington. Surrounded by black and white tiles in the Virgina State House

Hotel de la Bretonnerie in Paris Marais

A treasure trove of elegant highlights make Paris one the world’s most romantic cities. The City of Light earns its nickname for its role in the enlightenment as well as being one of the world’s first cities to adorn its grand boulevards with street lamps. The Marais district of Paris is one of the best…

cozy lounge with books and couches at Hotel de la Bretonnerie in the Marais district of Paris