long weekend in louisville

Only after returning home from a long weekend in Louisville did I realize just how much I needed it. My girlfriend Jill notified me months ago that she’d be traveling from New York to Louisville, Kentucky for a work conference, and that I should join her. As the only two remaining childless honeys in our…

Edinburgh

While planning our recent UK trip, I decided it would be nice to take a trip within the trip. Paris was immediately top of my list. What is better than a day or two spent walking the dreamy streets of Paris, gazing at the Eiffel Tower at any given opportunity? Not much. My mom had…

Montana

The most important lesson I’ve learned since returning to the northwest is to a) check the weather b) expect it to change at any time c) get the gear d) don’t let the rain deter you from being outside. Years ago, I would have likely checked the Kalispell forecast leading up to my trip, but…

why I changed my diet for a year of travels

Prior to this past year’s personal sabbatical, I had lived the previous few years on a diet of mostly plant-based foods and avoided meat, eggs and dairy. Eager to see if it gave me more energy and a better overall feeling in my personal health, I jumped right into this way of eating in 2010,…

Stopovers in Iceland with Icelandair

Did you know many airlines offer what’s called a stopover at no additional cost when you fly with them? Say you have a connection in a foreign city, which is a major hub for that airline, before reaching your final destination. Well, you can delay your connecting flight for several days to explore the layover…

this part sucks

I started writing this post one evening recently when I was feeling particularly miserable and sad for myself. Since then, I’ve felt a little bit silly of it because things could be so much worse. Everyone has their struggles and this current situation of mine isn’t really something many people are going to sympathize with….

Mary in Paris: What I Ate

Food. It is kind of my thing. Ok, completely my thing. Therefore, it only makes sense to tell you what I ate in Paris. Also, you should assume the components below were all accompanied by large amounts of wine or vodka mojitos. French Macarons French macarons have nothing to do with those flaky toasted coconut…

Mary in Paris: The Eiffel Tower

Ahhh, Paris. What is the one thing that comes to mind when you think of Paris? Must be the Eiffel Tower. That stunning iron lattice structure which is undoubtedly the symbol of romance and architectural artistry. It is the one spot that cannot be missed on a girl’s first time in Paris. Am I right?…

Churchill Downs

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” When you visit Louisville, you must go to Churchill Downs. Plain and simple. It does not matter what day of the week or time of year it happens to be. Although the timing of my visit was ideal because Derby weekend was only three weeks away, and serious…

Old Friends Become New Friends in Louisville

Visiting places that turn out to be nothing short of wonderful after mostly negative comments attached to them seems to be a theme with this adventure. That theme continued with Louisville, Kentucky, where I spent three days with my mom. For her, the road trip was two-fold, first she wanted a little ‘mom and me’…