We went to Copenhagen a few weeks ago. It was freeeeezing. Although I questioned my own decision making skills several times during the trip (who plans a trip to Copenhagen the first week in February?) I’m actually really happy I got to see it in winter. Brittany and I had been planning on doing a house swap (she stays at my place in Paris while we stay in her place in Copenhagen.) Our tickets were 60 Euros(!) so we were able to do the trip on a shoesstring budget. Our friends Rubi and Stanton came with us, they were amazing and so fun to travel with especially considering we take forever to do anything since we have kids. I don’t know if we were underdressed or just not used to the cold weather but it was the kind of cold that you would go out for two minutes and be chilled to the bone–even with layers on. We ended up renting a car and it was a lot better after that. Something about always knowing there was a a warm spot 10 minutes away made the cold easier to deal with.
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Last month we took a five day trip to Italy. It was our most ambitious travel plan yet since we were bringing along our kids and we wanted to visit three cities: Pisa, Florence, and Venice. It was a wonderful trip and we were able to see a lot of things. It started to get really cold by the end of the trip (see here!) so I wish we could do Venice over with a little bit warmer weather but other than that it was totally doable. First, we flew into Pisa and made a quick stop to see the tower before jumping on a train to Florence.
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I’ve been busy today because we leave on a two week trip tomorrow to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. It is about 20 degrees warmer than Paris so I’m excited to shed the heavy coats for some lightweight sweaters. This will likely be the last trip we take before we move back to the US. After researching some here is our itinerary. Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Arcos de la Frontera, Tarifa, Granada. Portugal: Salema, Lisbon. In addition we’ll take a day trip to Morocco. I’m fluent in Portuguese so I’ll be able to use my language skills at least on part of the trip! I’d love recommendations if you have them.
photo by Christian Chaize available here.
This is basically my travel uniform. My goals when I dress for travel are first, being comfortable and second, trying to not look like a slob. I start with a comfortable pair of dark skinny jeans and striped t-shirt. I add a trench coat to look more polished and a scarf that can fold out and do double duty as a blanket. I always wear these black wedge booties because they feel dressed up but I can walk all day in them and not feel a thing (they are also great with a skirt or dress on another day.). For overnight flights I keep a pair warm socks and a beanie handy and I change into them when I’m ready to sleep. In the morning before the plane lands I just brush my teeth and apply some lipstick before I have to meet someone.
Last month we rented a car and made a trip down to the Loire Valley, which is a few hours south of Paris. We stayed in a little town called Amboise and had a great weekend visiting chateaus and seeing the country. The Loire Valley is known for it’s chateaus but with our time and kids tagging along we only made time to see two. First we visited Chateau Chambord, which was very large and beautiful (reminded me of Downton Abbey!) It has a really amazing staircase that I didn’t take pictures of but it was beautiful.
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