Coming Soon: Paris & Barcelona!

paris-barcelonaPhotos by my good friend and world traveler, Kristin Luna of Camels and Chocolate


You guys, I’m in desperate need of a true vacation.

Last year I didn’t take a vacation AT ALL. In fact, just recently I realized that I only took four days off of work in 2014. 4 days! And none of them was for a vacation– just a day here and there to spend time with my kiddo or to work on home projects. And while I’m really fortunate that I at least get to travel to some fun cities for work, it’s still that– work!

As you know, earlier this year we got to go to Disney World as a family (hooray!), but again, that wasn’t all pleasure– I was there for a conference. And even if the conference wasn’t a part of our trip, you can’t really call a trip to Disney World relaxing…

The last time I had 3 continuous, leisurely days alone with my husband was when we went to  Asheville, NC  in 2013 to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. For over a year we’d been saying that we were going to plan a trip to Paris & Barcelona, but we never nailed down a date or even started researching very much. Then one day in late May, my husband got an alert from Kayak that flights to Paris had dropped drastically, so we bit the bullet, picked dates for July and booked our flights!

So, now here we are. We’re leaving for Paris in 10 days! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading blogs, Rick Steves travel guides and asking for advice from friends that have visited these two cities before. I’m finally feeling like the Paris leg of the trip is shaping up, but I still have some work to do on our Barcelona plan. Of course, we have a rooftop pool at our hotel in Barcelona so that may end up being a good chunk of my itinerary ;-)

If any of you out there have been to either of these cities, I’d love to hear all about your favorite sites, adventures, and places to eat, so please do spill!