Lefkes is a small village near the top of a mountain on Paros about 1000ft above sea level. Its peaceful with narrow walkways winding by whitewashed houses and quiet tavernas on the hillside. Nearly every place in Lefkes has an amazing view of Molos Bay and the island of Naxos to the east.
Alyki is a small fishing village located on the south side of Paros in the Greek Islands. It’s home to some of the best restaurants on the island, which sit right alongside the harbor. The azure water is so clear that each boat leaves a shadow on the bottom.
Alsace is a beautiful place in eastern France that runs north to south along a gentle valley. The valley floor and walls are dotted with medieval villages, walled castles and almost every free square foot (meter?) is covered with grape vines. Alsace is renown for its sweet wines, and it’s a source of pride for the area. Local wine shops always offer tastings and each year a wine festival is held in the town of Colmar.
Cesky Krumlov is a tiny ancient town in the Czech countryside about 3 hours south of Prague. The Vltava river snakes through town carrying backpackers on rafts drinking Czech beer past waving tourists sitting along its banks. It’s a beautiful, rustic place and definitely the highlight of our week in the Czech Republic.
Having a picnic on the banks of the Siene and watching tour boats float by just north of Pont Neuf on the tip of the Île de la Cité
It was a grey, sober morning at the end of July when we landed in Berlin. The day perfectly matched our feelings after the excitement the night before boarding our flight at JFK. The reality had started to settle in – We really just left the states without any return tickets, knowing that it would be next year before we’d be back home.
Our first morning abroad wasn’t exactly an easy one either. We quickly got lost trying to find the S-Bahn from the airport to the city, and got yelled at by an old German man when we asked for directions. I’m sure he was just trying to help us, but there is a harsh abruptness to the German language I’ve never understood. After finding the apartment and checking in we set out to Mitte, Central Berlin in search of coffee. About halfway through the first sip of my affogato (fresh espresso over salted caramel gelato) I realized that some of the things from the states that I thought we’d miss were actually much better abroad.
The many steps and winding streets that in Malá Strana (lesser town) make this part of Prague the most interesting to explore.
Throughout our travels in Southeast Asia we encountered all types of tuk tuks, many with elaborate paint jobs and decorations. Unlike anywhere else, Superheroes are the theme of choice in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In fact, these drivers seem to be at the top of the pecking order as far as tuk tuks go. In the evenings they all hang out together at the same part of Pub street, separate from the others drivers waiting for fares. It’s like they’re the cool kids of the bunch. One night we took a ride in the batman tuk tuk and on the way our driver waved and started honking at the Spiderman tuk tuk across the street. We asked if he knew the other driver and he turned and smiled and said “yeah, that’s my friend. His name is the Spider”