Dublin

One day in Dublin, better than no days in Dublin for sure. Ireland is so close to England that it's often very easy to find insanely cheap flights back and forth between the islands - sometimes within the same day. That was how I found myself at the Cliffs of Moher on a random mid-week [...]

Mirabell Palace

Mirabell Palace and Gardens, of Sound of Music Do-Re-Me fame. It was much smaller than I expected (some sources told us to spend hours here - we had walked through in maybe 20 minutes), but every bit as intricate and regal as imagined. I was excited to stand at the garden gates and under the [...]

Salzburg

Three hours in Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and delicious mozartkugel. Not too much time, but enough to wander the streets, the cemetery, the palaces, the squares. All charming, colorful, and a bit wet on this particular Sunday afternoon.  It was a three hour drive to the city from where we were staying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and we [...]

Partnachklamm

  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, our homebase in Bavaria. The type of place you think you know from photos, only to struggle to grasp the reality of it all when you're actually there.  We spent the late afternoon hiking the gorge just before sunset. It felt almost Amazonian at times, surrounded by the cliffs and engulfed by the [...]

Lermoos

Lermoos, the cutest little Austrian ski village, nestled in the Alps, just south of the border with Germany. We found ourselves here by accident after our morning hike, when the original place we had scouted for lunch in a different town was closed. We drove in search of another place until we ended up here, [...]

Austrian Alps

Autumn in Austria, just a short drive from where we were staying in Bavarian Germany. We began our day here, in the Alps, at Ehrenberg Castle and highline179, the world's longest Tibet-style footbridge, which is also where I learned that I physically shake and lose my ability to breathe properly when suspended over nothingness on [...]