Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Have you ever been to a beach town in the mountains? I can now emphatically say “Why, yes. Yes, I have.” Gatlinburg was one cool place! There was tons to do, and no way to squeeze it all into four days. We stomped our feet at the Dolly Parton Stampede, rode a single rail Mountain…

Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation: Part Five

New day, new adventure.  Tuesday morning we packed our bags and settled in for a relaxing four-hour bus ride south to the sunny beach town of Lagos. The Portuguese countryside may be scrubby, sparse,and unremarkable (making for boring scenery) but its coastline is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves! After…

Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation: Part Three

Sunday, August 14. I’ve seldom had a stranger day. We woke early to another impossibly gorgeous morning in Portugal and? packed for our day in Arrabida. According to travel articles, Arrabida had two amazing hiking trails with scenic viewpoints, cafes, wineries, windmills, and beaches.  We threw on swimsuits under our hiking clothes, slapped together chicken…

Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation : Part Two

So.Many.Hills. We arrived in Lisbon early Friday morning, stopped in at the baggage claims office to request delivery whenever our luggage arrived, had a freshly baked gourmet pastry at the airport, and then caught the metro to Santa Appollonia, the station closest to our Air B&B. Walking up into the bright sunshine and fresh sea-salted…

10 Worst things About Coming Home After Vacation

It’s hard to come back from vacation. Here are my top ten least favorite things about coming home after a break: 10. Traveling. Airports stress me out a little. What if someone’s slipped black market heroin into my bag when I was in line for Cinnabon and they won’t let me back into the country?…