A Glimpse of the Derry City Walls

Have you ever walked along city walls?

Derry is the only completely intact walled city left in Ireland. It also happens to be on the oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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A Taste of Trafalgar Square

What is your favorite spot in London?

Trafalgar Square is a popular destination for those visiting the beautiful city of London. Like many central city squares, it is a hub for demonstrations, social gatherings, and holiday celebrations. In fact, about 15 million tourists visit this square every year!

 

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A Taste of Ghent

Where is your favorite cute small town or village?

From the moment we set foot in the cute little town of Ghent, we instantly fell in love. It might have helped that the central square is dominated by three massive cathedrals (and I’m a sucker for cool architecture).

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A Taste of Amsterdam

What’s the coolest bar you’ve been to?

Call us crazy, but we were actually somewhat underwhelmed by Amsterdam. Perhaps it’s because we had spent so much time already in its sister, Rotterdam, that it just didn’t amaze us all that much. Additionally, there were a LOT of people – most of them on bikes. We had to be careful to not get run over as we tried to walk the city.

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A Taste of Rotterdam Architecture

Where have you seen the coolest architecture?

Rotterdam is known for its unique architecture. When the city was leveled during WWII, the city voted to start fresh rather than rebuild what was there. This created a city with an architecturally young center.

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A Taste of Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Way

Where do is your favorite city view?

After a long day of exploring Heidelberg – complete with pretzels and beer – it was hard to stay out after the sun went down. However, a trip to the top of the Philosopher’s Way for sunset guaranteed we’d see the city at night.

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Chicago: The Opportunity | LotsaSmiles Photography

It’s time to take another break – the holiday season is crazy busy!!  Are you swamped, too?  We have some exciting updates coming to our website, and more adventures on the horizon.  But for now, please enjoy this tale of another opportunity we had to travel on the corporate dime!


I learned from my father many years ago one very important lesson: take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.  After all, you never know when you might look back on a “no” and wish that it had been a “yes.”  I strive to live every day by the mantra of “no regrets,” and thus far, it has served me well.

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When Aaron’s company decided to move its headquarters from Portland to Chicago, they offered him continued work in the new city, along with a relocation package.  To help convince us, they would fly us (both) out to Chicago for a weekend, show us some apartments and the city sights, and wine and dine us – all on the company’s dime.  We’re quite happy living in Portland, and Aaron hated his job at the time, so moving wasn’t even a consideration for us.

Aaron almost told them no, outright.  I thought he was crazy.

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