August 28, 2016

Good afternoon! I've mentioned American Express Offers before - now is a good time to log into your card account and see if you have the Sam's Club Offer available. Scroll down to the bottom of the log-in page to "Amex Offers and Benefits" and look for this:

If you have...

August 14, 2016

Sometime early this year Dave and I made a resolution to cut back on international travel in 2017 and focus more on the great places in the US we've yet to visit (there are a LOT). Those of you who know us are laughing SO HARD right about now...

Fast forward to August a...

August 10, 2016

Big state, big skies, big dreams - that's Texas. Texas is one of the oldest growing wine states in the US, with vines planted here more than 100 years before California or Virginia. The Val Verde Winery was established in 1833 and is still going strong today, although...

June 30, 2016

Good morning from sweltering Texas! I sure miss Italy today...

I am shopping for comfortable walking shoes for an upcoming trip. I like ECCO Cayla Mary Janes  but I sure don't like their $130 price tag, especially since every pair of shoes I buy must be altered to accom...

June 24, 2016

Our trip is winding down, along with our energy. Tonight we're in Madrid, enjoying a quiet evening at the Hotel Indigo after a day of travel. I've developed a bit of a cold so I'm taking it easy in a probably vain attempt to save some energy for the next two days. Noth...

June 22, 2016

Barcelona is even more vibrant than I remember from our first visit seven years ago. I am so grateful we have plenty of time here and aren't rushed to cram everything into only a day or two because this city can be exhausting! Yesterday we took a walking tour of the Go...

June 21, 2016

My intention for the blog on this trip was to keep a journal of our travels and to stay in touch with our family and friends back home. I kept thinking I would update every day, but it seems I prefer to nap during our down time - imagine that! And then I lost the abili...

June 18, 2016

There's a marching band outside my window on our final evening in Siena. It's made up of all kinds of people, all ages, and all ability levels. It appears they come together just to enjoy playing for the neighborhood and each other. How cool is THAT! And they have TWIR...

June 17, 2016

I think yesterday (Thursday) was our "jet lag" day. We slept until almost 10 am, when our very verbose neighbor started his morning tirade out the window that faces onto our shared courtyard. I swear he never drew breathe until about 11:30!

After a stop for a quick tast...

June 15, 2016

As far as perfect days go, today was pretty much it. We awoke to a sunny 60 degree morning and headed out in search of the perfect espresso (me) and Dr Pepper (David - no such luck). After a quick breakfast standing at the bar in the cafe down the street, we enjoyed ex...

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We're Dave and Robin, and we love to travel for "freeish". We started this blog to share our travel stories as well as a few travel hacking tips. Robin is the miles/points guru and Dave manages the family finances. We are both public-school teachers and LOVE our jobs almost as much as we love travel!

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