Travel

Israel/Istanbul

Israel/Istanbul

Keeping it brief since it’s either a picture of food, Dan or a building (or in one case, a building called the Dan) - we finally left Tel Aviv for a day trip to Jerusalem where you guessed it, we ate and I took pictures of Dans. Not willing to go all the way through Istanbul without stopping for a meal (or three), we (I) purposely booked a 7 hour layover for snacking. Don’t you want to be my travel buddy? Whenever I go somewhere I really like I get an almost panic that I don’t know when / if I’ll get to go back and see / eat things again. Hopefully 2019 will be a year of eating new and familiar delicious snacks around the world.

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Istanbul

Istanbul

The stuff that really made Istanbul great for me was the stuff I didn't know about until I got there.  And that's on top of everything I knew that made me really really want to go there.   But the bal kaymak, the ferries, the fresh fruits, the tiny winding streets.  Those are the things that I'm still thinking about months later. 

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Provence

Provence

Provence isn't really one of those destinations that you need to convince people is beautiful and worth visiting, so I'll spare you all that and fill you in on some fun things we did and answer some of my own questions I had before leaving.  There are lots of things I just couldn't find out about - a combination of me trying to over-prepare in case my french failed us (a very likely scenario!) and a lack of websites and information online (so french). 

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Vieques

Vieques

Vieques. A place you have either never heard of or one you are eagerly planning to return to. The perfect destination for one of my favorite types of travel.  The kind where you drive aimlessly and stop and explore.  In this case, beaches with no one else there, narrow jungle roads, and small towns.  It is not the ideal vacation location for people who need to be entertained.  But if sunrises, jungles, surprisingly great food, and an occasional (ok, one) termite swarm are your thing, then you'll be in heaven.

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Nashville

With a good chunk of the day before Elina and Dan's rehearsal dinner, it was time to hit the ground running once we landed in Nashville - or rather, start shoveling hot chicken into our faces.  It went:  coffee, hot chicken, ice cream, flower truck, repeat foods.  Which, if this needs clarification, is my ultimate trip pattern.

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