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The Respeckis new house

Our first house: The “before”

We bought a house—last year! I know, I know—way to make an announcement. But listen, intentions were real when we purchased: we were going to share info about being first time homebuyers (because, man, there is so much that’s not well-known! […]

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EuroTour: Paris

If you never go to Paris, can you know what love is—or whether or not French stereotypes are real?! Ha! I’m kidding, but it does feel pretty easy to get swept up in the romance of this city, and in […]

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EuroTour: Barcelona

Our last stop on our 2015 EuroTour was Barcelona. Complete with glistening beaches, incredible tapas and sangria, it was a perfect way to top off the trip. We arrived via high-speed train from Paris (thank goodness), and immediately hunted down […]

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EuroTour: Venice

Venice, the picturesque city of love and mystery, is becoming sort of a relic. I didn’t want it to be true, but on my second visit, it was pretty hard not to notice. We enjoyed the sleepy, almost dream-like atmosphere, […]

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EuroTour: Rome

It’s never a good sign when you start a trip with a canceled flight. But that’s just how our 2015 Eurotour started. (Air traffic control issues delayed hundreds of flights and cancelled many international flights.) When we received the flight […]

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EuroTour: Florence

I’m pretty sure all we did in Florence was eat gelato, admire art, and snap photos of the cute pups! Or at least that’s what this blog post showcases. I could try to prove otherwise, but the photos are going […]

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EuroTour: Cinque Terre

Pastels, sailboats, olive trees, sunbathers, clothes drying, boulders and pebbles, lazy cats, lots and lots of fresh and fried seafood—this is Cinque Terre. I loved visiting Cinque Terre during my trip in college and couldn’t wait to go back with […]

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EuroTour: Berlin

On the heels of the welcoming comfort and familiarity we experienced in Vienna, we were on a bit of an uptick in our Eurotour journey when we arrived in Berlin. Since ancestral roots run deep for us in this part […]

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EuroTour: Amsterdam

Amsterdam was the eighth city on our Eurotour last year. (I know, we have a lot of catching up to do, and yes, we’re sharing out of order!) We arrived in the afternoon via train from Berlin, and as soon […]

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EuroTour: Vienna

One of our shortest EuroTour stops was in Vienna. We arrived from Venice late in the evening after a long train ride. The long travel day left us just one full day to explore the quaint Austrian city. Short on […]

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EuroTour: Prague

Prague is ridiculously picturesque. When you stroll down Wenceslas Square, which is named after—you guessed it—St. Wenceslas, the layers of history and culture are on full display. And that’s just on the primary pedestrian thoroughfare. There’s also an amazing patina […]

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EuroTour 2015

Nick and I suffer from wanderlust. Thank goodness it’s a condition we’re both stricken with or we’d be in trouble. I attribute some of my travel addiction to the trips all the wonderful adults in my life let me tag […]

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Eastern State Penitentiary

I was in Philadelphia for the first time for work to attend Greenbuild with my coworkers. It was a great conference – I got to hear Hillary Clinton speak and jam to Bon Jovi live. Once work was complete, Nick […]

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Bo at the Beach

The East Coast is pretty accommodating to pups. When we first moved out here, we knew we had to get a dog because all of our neighbors had dogs. Okay, questionable rationale, but Alexandria is like dog central! When you […]

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The Oregon Coast

This post title is the most bold-faced lie we could tell. The thing is, all these photos are from a trip to Portland…where we visited the Columbia River Gorge, and Mt. Hood, AND the Oregon coast. Whew. I feel better. […]

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Our Costa Rican Honeymoon

For our honeymoon, Nick and I wanted to do something different…but it was pretty clear that Bora Bora was out of the question. I’m sure Nick came up with the Costa Rica idea, and I was happy to oblige. Some […]

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