Then and Now

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Some things never change. And sometimes, that’s a good thing.

I recently returned from a little over two week adventure in Europe with my entire seven-person family. We visited sites around our main cities of Rome, Athens, Prague, and Paris (each which will get its own dedicated post). It was wonderful to be suspended in the magic that is travel once more, and it was especially special to be doing so for the first time abroad with my entire family.

Some of the places we went to, I had been to before, and some more than twice. But returning was even better than I imagined. There’s always something more to discover, to eat, to meet, to love. I realized that from then until now, my affair with travel, both domestic and international, has only grown. Each of my journeys has greatly shaped who I have become. I guess it’s because I let the places shape who I am–the way I think, my beliefs ,and my wonder. And I want them to. I live but one snapshot of a collage of lives within this great planet. I want to experience more than just my scene, and so I travel to understand the different currencies of life. 

So here’s to many more years of travel that not only explores the places and the people where I go, but explores who I am and am becoming as well. But for now, enjoy these snapshots of how the more things change, the more they stay the same:


Jardin du Luxembourg (2008, 2011/2012, 2014)


Eiffel Tower (2008, 2011/2012, 2014)


Pyramid entrance to the Louvre (2008, 2011/2012, 2014)


Seine River (2008, 2011/2012/ 2014)


St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican (2009, 2013)


The Colosseum (2009, 2013)


Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon (2009, 2013)

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