All posts by Chad Josey

We are former US ex-pats who lived 4 years in Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate (wine) region and now make New Jersey, USA, our home while still traveling the world.

Back to Beautiful Barcelona – An Easy Tour of the Sagrada Familia & the Sites of the City

In our second time to Barcelona in less than five months, we decided to explore what Barcelona has to offer.  At Christmas, we were in Barcelona but our tour was to nearby Montserrat, with that blog post found here. Barcelona is such a beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea. It is very modern, but also ...

Mallorca or Majorca: It’s a Matter of Perspective – How to Easily See the Best of Palma

Okay, it is really do you speak Spanish (Mallorca) or English (Majorca) in the way one spells it.  But, since this island belongs to Spain, we will call it Mallorca (by the way both spellings are  pronounced the same "My-or-ca"). Another port of call during our May Mediterranean cruise was to the island of Mallorca ...

Cannes in the French Riviera – Star Gazing at the International Film Festival & Visting the Medieval Village of St. Paul

In a city that is most famous for its annual international film festival, make no mistake about it, you are in the middle of the French Riviera!  In French, the Côte d'Azur (literally meaning the Azure Coast) or in English, referred to as the "French Riviera" it is easy to see the reference to "Azure" which ...

Spring in Tuscany and Florence – Seeing the Main Sites of Florence & Ending the Day with a Tuscan Wine Tasting

There are some places in Europe that are truly awe-inspiring with its history and beauty.  Okay, there are a lot of places in Europe like that 😉 In May, after leaving Rome, we traveled to Florence, Italy as part of an excursion with our cruise.  Our cruise ship docked in the port city of Livorno, ...

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I Will Be Traveling Soon – An American Expat’s Ode to Home

This is a short blog post to share a little (poem?) that I wrote about going home to North Carolina this weekend.  The inspiration came because one of the last things I do at night is to take our dog Barney outside for a quick walk.  And, this past Sunday night at 10:30pm, I was amazed ...

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We Have An Announcement – We Are Featured by Multicoolty.com

One of the best things about having this travel blog to share our experiences living in another country and traveling the world, I have met some wonderful people and organizations.  Recently, Amanda & I were interviewed and featured by a terrific website, Multicoolty.com.  Our interview, and the website's mission in general, is to share experiences ...

Rome – The Eternal City: How to See the Best of Rome & the Vatican in 2 Days

Why is Rome called the Eternal City? It's because ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the world or how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would go on forever. This is our 2nd time visiting Rome, and both times we seem to discover something new or a new vantage point. There's just ...

Keukenhof Gardens of Holland – Picking the Perfect Time of Year to See Millions of Flowers in Bloom

When we moved to Germany, thanks to reading a fellow Travel Blogger's site, I learned about this place that I knew my wife would absolutely love to visit!! Imagine....7 million spring, flowering bulbs spread out over 500 acres of gardens that come in full bloom during an 8-week period. And, if timed just right, you ...

Where in the World Is Mauritius? Our First Adventure to the Southern Hemisphere to an Island Paradise

We have been living in Germany now for almost 2.5 years, and in this time we have traveled fairly extensively around western Europe and the Mediterranean.  With an early April Easter holiday, and the fact that we had both Good Friday & Easter Monday as a holiday, we wanted to plan a vacation to coincide ...

Our Review of the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius – Let Me Summarize in One Word — “WOW”

Once we knew we wanted to travel to Mauritius for our extended Easter Holiday Weekend from Germany, we needed to find a place to call home for our planned 5 night stay.  After doing our research online, we selected to stay at the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius, and we were not disappointed!! NOTE: I ...