My new favorite European retreat - Lake Como and the lakes region (in photos)

My new favorite European retreat - Lake Como and the lakes region (in photos)

We visited Lake Como last year in April and loved it so much we went back again in the fall. If you're not familiar with the area, northern Italy is an incredibly beautiful place and quite special to me. I studied abroad in Turin, Italy and have always had a love for Italy and Italian culture.

When I first visited Lake Garda I knew I would be back to that area again. Why? Because it's incredibly stunning. Pictures truly cannot do this place justice, and I am astounded every time we go. I love the drive from Stuttgart; we head south from Germany, down through the Alpine regions in Austria or Switzerland, and descend into a mediterranean climate with palm trees and a completely different scenery.

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Photo Tour of Lake Como - Italy

Photo Tour of Lake Como - Italy

A Weekend Trip to Menaggio, Bellagio, and Varenna

Lake Como is worth the hype. George Clooney, I get it. I would happily live in one of those villas for the rest of my life. I don't know why I go to cities when amazing places like this exist. Combined with the beautiful Italian architecture and with the Mediterranean feel it just doesn't get any better. We drove south from Stuttgart, Germany and drove right through Switzerland and into Italy. It's amazing how much the scenery changes. Going from farmlands and an Alpine type of climate to a more humid and warmer climate with palm trees and completely different landscaping. It's surreal. 

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In Photos: A Look Back at My 2013 European Travel

In Photos: A Look Back at My 2013 European Travel

Here's a look back on some of my favorite photos from 2013, and my favorite memories as well. It was a great year of travel for me. Some people manage to travel nearly every weekend. While I don't travel nearly that much, I still try to go somewhere about every six to eight weeks. I also am not one to do extreme budgeting when I'm visiting a new place. I like to go to the restaurants and try the food, have my own room to sleep in (and usually we use airbnb.com and have an entire apartment to ourselves), and I also don't mind paying for a tour to learn new information. 

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A Weekend Spent in Salcombe, England

A Weekend Spent in Salcombe, England

If you may or may not recall, I went to England a few months ago for a good friend's wedding. I made a short post about it on Facebook, then that was the end of it. Well, I've been meaning to add my photos from that weekend. I didn't take as many as I wanted because I was too busy taking photos of the gorgeous couple. However, I was able to get some good ones of this beautiful hilly fishing town on the southern coast of England.

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A Photo Tour of Nuremberg - Germany

A Photo Tour of Nuremberg - Germany

Nuremberg is a very old and famous German city that served as the home of the Nazi Party Rallies as well as the Nuremberg Trials. Today it's a beautiful place to visit with plenty to keep you busy for days. There are quite a few images in this post so please be patient if they take a minute to load.

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