Can you believe that THIS is within walking distance of Edinburgh? And not that far either. What an amazing city. For our fourth anniversary and for my favorite kind of traveling keepsake... Erik and I had our portraits taken by Mark Pacura, an extremely talented photographer in Scotland. It's good to be the subject of a photograph every once in a while. That way, I have beautiful pictures that I'm IN (every family has that person who's never in the photos right?) and it also reminds me of how my clients feel when I'm taking their pictures. It's a weird feeling! Which is good to remind yourself of as a photographer.
Today, I wanted to share a few tips for traveling. I actually took all these photos when I was packing for Europe, intending to post them in a scheduled blog post while I was gone. But I changed my mind because if it turned out that the things I did wound up not being conducive to the actual trip, that's something I wanted to include in the blog post.
After a few short days in Scotland, we hopped on a plane and flew to Rome. We stayed at a lovely hotel right next to the Spanish steps which was pretty awesome. Location location, people. I loved that as soon as we walked out of our hotel there were Italian restaurants left and right with tables set up right in the alleys so you could just sit down and have some pasta and wine. Yet, we weren't completely bombarded by people trying to sell us things, which is a frequent occurrence in the big Italian cities... as we learned :) Not that this was super surprising. We've been to a lot of other countries by now, and it's basically just something that happens when you travel anywhere touristy and popular.
All right, travel connoisseurs, today I need your help. If you've been following my blog for a while, you probably know we're headed to Europe(!) next month (you know, for free-ish). And while Erik and I have done a fair amount of traveling since we've been married (I got to see Erik ride a plane for the first time and it was probably the greatest joy of our relationship... just kidding, mostly), most of our traveling has been within the country. This will be our first experience in Europe and we'll be there for two weeks.
I've literally been waiting for about 9 months to write this post. I've been putting little teases on Facebook ever since I started this little mission to fly to Europe for free, culminating with last week's announcement that I finally booked my three Europe flights and the total was $68.40. I think I just confused most people and overwhelmed the ones I tried to explain it to. But I never wanted to blog about it until I'd actually booked and confirmed all my tickets. I guess, the MOST responsible thing to do would be to wait until I actually fly, but guys... when I get back from this epic trip you're going to be completely inundated with Europe posts, so we might as well get this over with now ;)