Rhine River Ferry: One Day Itinerary with Teens

Five years ago, as an extended family, we took an amazing two-week river trip down the Danube. While we were by far the youngest travelers on the ship we found the relaxed pace and force-fed charm was a perfect way to see the villages of Germany.

So, you can imagine our delight when we learned that DIY single-day River Ferries for the more adventurous set are available as an alternative to the two-week leisure cruise

Into Everyone’s Life A Little Motivation Will Fall

Six hours I have six hours until I need to be on a flight to the UK, followed by three days “on”, a day to fly home, two days of laundry, groceries, and prep then four days in Chicago, five days in Rome, and one week home. Then it’s on to one week in NewContinue reading “Into Everyone’s Life A Little Motivation Will Fall”

One Day in Rome

The thing which never happens, has happened! On my upcoming trip to Italy I will have 24 full, unscheduled hours – all to myself. No colleagues to entertain No meetings to attend No children to attend to Just me, my map, and an ungodly amount of Frascati I’ve visited Rome before, years ago, and afterContinue reading “One Day in Rome”

One Year in Review

The LaBelleValise blog is now one year old.Β  This blog started as a travel log on all the places work, life, and wanderlust takes me and over the past year the adventure has been better than I hoped. Here are a few of the highlights Istanbul, Turkey Chester, UK Chicago, Illinois New York, New YorkContinue reading “One Year in Review”

My 30 Day Adventure: Prologue

My 30 Day Adventure, as I’ve taken to calling it, has now ended, with an extra 10 pounds, three new passport stamps, and so many emails and unpacked bags awaiting me I wish I could start the trip again just to get away from it all! That said, when I think back on where IContinue reading “My 30 Day Adventure: Prologue”

Christmas in Berlin

Planes, trains, and automobiles – I am in the midst of a 30 day journey that will take me from the red rock deserts of Southern Utah to the domed spires of the Milan cathedral, from the salty shores of the Adriatic sea to the warm Caribbean waters of Jamaica. I’ll pause and post whenContinue reading “Christmas in Berlin”

Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon

Here in the UK, sitting at the Pub, having a very proper American tea time. I prefer mine over ice, with a bendy straw, and a slice of lime, but when in Rome … I suppose a lemon will have to do. We’re forecast to have sun today, but I’ll be sporting my red ‘brollyContinue reading “Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon”

My Gear List

Prepping for my next big voyage:Β Toronto, Amsterdam, and London. Is it in bad taste if I thank the tragic Ebola outbreak for saving my Labor Day weekend and cancelling my leg in Pretoria? Figured I’d share my packing lists: After a luggage-check mishap in the UK earlier this year I am now firmly committed toContinue reading “My Gear List”

Airport Zen

Park and Ride drop offs; shoes-off-tech-out security screenings; gate change; screaming kids; and octogenarians who have never flown before all collide into one frenetic, frustrating, infuriating pulse during the experience that is airplane travel. But, when you travel as frequently as I do (just got my Platinum MedallionΒ welcome kit, WooHoo!) if you let the airportContinue reading “Airport Zen”

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