Ciao Capri! An island of beauty, glitz, delicious food, friendly locals and brilliant handmade leather sandals.  With a jagged coast, famous faraglioni (sea stacks) and numerous grottos, Capri stole our hearts!  Capri was part of our “last minute pivot” so we booked this portion of the trip less than 24 hours before departing the States.  A little stressful, but we ended up with a great itinerary for the three days we were on the island.  Enjoy our adventures around Capri!

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My brilliant friend – Ischia! An island that has been in our “travel vault” and we haven’t had a chance to get there, but fortunately on this trip we had a change of plans that brought us to this beautiful place.  We had originally planned to go to Ibiza, but with increase of Covid cases and curfews we felt like Italy was a safer destination the night before we left for our two week trip. Having done some prior research of the island, the trip was booked within hours of departure for Europe and it came together nicely! We learned more about the island while we were there and would 100% go back to explore even more. It’s a destination that is visited by Italians (hardly any Americans) and your euro goes a long way.  Enjoy our two days in Ischia!

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Sitting between Cannes and Nice, Antibes is a charming resort town known for the old town enclosed by 16th century ramparts with the star-shaped Fort Carré.  It’s a great place to explore, sightsee and relax.  A highlight of our trip was walking each morning along the water circling the entire peninsula from Juan Les Pin to Old Town.  It was a great way to burn calories, see the chateaus (or compounds!), and have lovely views of the sea.  Many people choose Cannes or Nice over Antibes, but I would suggest spending a day or two in the beautiful town! We were even there during the Jazz Festival and the Cannes Film festival! Enjoy our travels in Antibes!

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Welcome to Saint-Tropez !! What once used to be a small fishing town is now a port filled with million dollar yachts bursting with glitz, glamour, charm and a whole lot of fun! Old town is home to quaint cobble stone streets, cafés, shops and boulangeries.  During the summer months the pastel colored buildings are accented by the flourish bougainvillea plants which makes for some great photo ops! During our stay in Saint-Tropez we got to enjoy both the town as well as the famous Plage de Pampelonne. Unfortunately we didn’t check everything off our list, which is now more reason for us to plan another trip back.  You won’t have to convince us. We hope you enjoy Saint-Tropez through this post!  

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French Countryside – Luberon

Traveling through the countryside in Provence has been in our travel vault for a couple years now and we finally were able to do it.  Timing of the trip was important as we wanted to visit the lavender fields that are in bloom for only a short period of time.   Besides the lavender fields we visited beautiful wineries, walked around villages and drove on tree-lined roads.  Aix-en-Provence was the perfect base to be able to visit some of the smaller towns in Luberon region.  If we had more time, we would have venture North to Avignon and visit some surrounding villages around the Rhone River including some tastings in the region of Chateauneuf du Pape. Next time. For now, here are some highlights from our day trip!

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Aix-en-Provence is a town in Southern France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.  You might know the name by the rosé wine (AIX) or the birthplace of impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.  Either one, the “City of a Thousand Fountains” was a lovely town and would highly recommend visiting.  We enjoyed strolling the stone streets of Old Town Aix where there are lots of quaint corners, restaurants, boulangeries and squares.  During our two night stay we got a taste of Provencal life including a day trip wine tasting which we will talk about in the next post. 

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Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England

After years of swooning over the Soho Farmhouse via Instagram, I (Kay) finally made it there! I had a work trip in New York and since my friend/colleague and I were practically halfway to London, we decided to jump across the pond to have some fun after a big meeting.  We split the trip up into two parts – Central London + Countryside.  I am going to focus this post on the countryside since it was my first time to Oxfordshire…and definitely won’t be the last!

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo.  Full of life, sushi, peace signs and bright lights.  That’s what everyone envisions the Japanese capital to be, but we saw some different areas of Tokyo that proved those stereotypes to be 80% true.  Part of the reason we ventured off the beaten path and didn’t go to the shrines, was because we spent time in Kyoto and Kobe before Tokyo.  We were shrined out!  So, if you are looking to do the less-touristy route for Tokyo, follow our guide. Two days of fun!

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Kobe, Japan

Where’s the beef???  Duh –  it’s in KOBE, Japan! There were three reasons we were in Kobe: (1) work (2) the beef (3) karaoke.  And not particularly in that order!  Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan and sits on the Osaka Bay.  Known for it’s signature marbled beef and scenic setting of mountains framing the harbor, Kobe is a fun adventurous port town with a mix of modern and tradition.  In this post you will find out how we spent the most of the work trip touring this lively city!  Well one of us worked and the other had too much fun eating gyoza in Izakayas!

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Kyoto, Japan

Kon’nichiwa! Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan before Tokyo took over.  It’s a charming city with history and culture that makes you feel like you are in traditional Japan. Kyoto’s famous for its many classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also home to geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.  We made Kyoto our first stop on our 1 week trip in Japan.  Find out more about how we spent our two days in Kyoto!

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