Committed to traveling wherever we can, whenever we can, and documenting our journeys through photography and writing. Paul takes the photos; Michelle does the writing. You wouldn’t want it any other way. Happy Travels! Paul and Michelle Shappirio
There’s something about Washington, D.C. and sunshine. The sky, the trees, those cherry blossoms when they’re in bloom. Who doesn’t love this city? We’re a little bit of Alexandria and a little bit of D.C. people. This means that when we travel there, we have to visit both. I always said that if we won the lottery, we’d need to have a vacation home in Alexandria. It’s probably not the Caribbean Island… Read More
Here are four ladies, exhausted and beaten by the sun after a day of touring the Colosseum. We are waiting, impatiently, to eat a bowl of cacio e pepe at Restaurant X. Restaurant X is not the real name of the restaurant. It’s Roma Sparita actually. Anthony Bourdain put this restaurant on the map when he professed his love for Roma Sparita’s cacio e pepe on an episode of No Reservations. He… Read More
This is me on what we refer to as “the doomed trip to Maine” (click the link to view that old rant of a blog post). Everything that could go wrong, did. From the last minute job interview that took a day off the itinerary to the sad state of the hotel that was supposed to be in “Portland” but really was “Portland West.” The one with the green pool, the bad… Read More
Nothing can stop me from a lounge chair on the balcony of a cruise ship. Not even Alaska. Let’s face it; everyone reaches their daily food coma when your only choices are eat, sleep, repeat. Subtract the pool from the equation, and you have more reason to indulge, then nap, in consecutive order. Plus, Celebrity hands out these fleece blankets like towels. Easy to accumulate and pairs perfectly with your North Face… Read More
We take the Seastreak ferry into the city as much as possible. It’s just about the most relaxing way to get to New York, especially during the warmer months of the year when the sky is bright blue and the sun is glistening over Manhattan. There’s nothing better than sitting on the back of the Seastreak, wind in your hair, cocktail in hand, with the lights and sounds of New York City… Read More
This is the pool at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We stayed here several years ago while on our cross-country trip across America. As you can see, this gorgeous Pueblo-style hotel is the perfect setting for a relaxing Santa Fe vacation. While we were here, we met up with Sara Eyestone, a famous American artist who just happened to be one of Paul’s neighbors when he… Read More
This is grocery shopping in the south of France. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of all that is local here. From piles of ruby red cherries to olives and cheese, you’ll be tempted to wander and taste. The Whole Foods of Aix en Provence. Prime membership included.
Paul took this photo on the nighttime Fat Tire Bike Tour of Paris. It is the one thing we highly recommend everybody do if it’s your first time visiting this beautiful city. It is essential that you take both the day tour and the night tour. You’ll jump on a beach cruiser and pedal down city streets that lead you to these breathtakingly gorgeous and remarkable views. On the day tour, you… Read More
We honeymooned in Sorrento, Italy. It was the perfect honeymoon of sit by the pool, walk down to town to eat, take the bus back up to the hotel to sit by the pool again, walk down to town to eat, take the bus back up to the hotel. Notice, I didn’t say walk up? I don’t think it was Sorrento official or anything, but our hotel was the farthest hotel from… Read More
You see this man standing here in awe of Grand Central Station? We don’t know him, but we’ve been him. A tiny human standing still, out of sync with the city’s beat. Mesmerized by the beauty of buildings like this one, the few left standing, he keeps his feet grounded to a floor that holds a trillion stories. Treasure this, America. We beg.