Pope Francis at the Vatican

TWO POPES IN ONE SQUARE

When we planned our trip to Rome, we didn't think to look at whether Pope Francis would be in town or not. It wasn't until the Saturday we arrived that we went online to search if the Pope would hold Sunday...
Rome, Italy

ROME PHOTO GALLERY

With a little bit of good luck we ended up spending our first day in Italy at holy mass with Pope Francis and Andrea Bocelli in St. Peter's Square! We followed that with a busy few days visiting all the...
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NO SIESTAS IN BARCELONA

Whenever I thought of Spain, I would first think of siestas--the power naps of the Spaniards taken in the early afternoon. Before we visited Barcelona I thought this meant we would walk down quiet streets,...
Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA PHOTO GALLERY

A somewhat unplanned visit to Barcelona, thanks to a £1 Megabus ticket, left us madly in love with the Spanish city. During our stay--made possible by our friend Vita who put us up in her apartment--we...
Hotel Viator - Paris, France
4.1

HOTEL VIATOR IN PARIS

Hotel Viator gave us the much needed relief from our Paris hostel experience. It provided a quiest atmosphere and a clean private room. It was also in an area of Paris that we hadn't explored yet, so it gave...
Blue Planet Hostel - Paris, France
2.8

BLUE PLANET HOSTEL IN PARIS

We had originally booked Blue Planet Hostel in Paris for six nights, but by the fourth night we opted out to stay in a private room at another hotel. Blue Planet Hostel had some inconveniences like only one...
High Street Hostel - Edinburgh, Scotland
3.9

HIGH STREET HOSTEL IN EDINBURGH

When looking for hostels in Edinburgh, we were drawn to High Street Hostel mainly because of its cool exterior. It has  an old-looking castle facade on the outside, and was fun and quirky on the inside. We...
Wayfarers Hostel in Penrith, England
4.8

WAYFARERS HOSTEL IN PENRITH

We chose to spend a night at Wayfarers Hostel in Penrith before heading to the Lake District. When we first arrived we didn't realize that staff weren't around in the early afternoon. There was a sign posted...
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GEAR REVIEW: OSPREY FARPOINT 55 BACKPACK

I really like that my Osprey Farpoint 55 backpack is panel loading with a single, locking zipper. Unfortunately that’s all I like about it. A lot of research went into picking the perfect backpack for...