Overcome By Events (OBE).

That’s my excuse for why I’ve been MIA from this blog forever two weeks. After the terrible events at the Boston Marathon last Monday, and the horrible explosion in West, Texas, I decided to take a little break from blogging. Being a runner, what happened in Boston really hit home and my heart goes out to all of those affected. I took some time to hug my puppy a little tighter; even though he really doesn’t like it, and ended up biting me and jump kicking me running away. I spent some time with the husband and friends, and did some crafting therapy to snap me out of my funk.


I’m still working on that Florence post, but in the meantime, check out these interesting posts about travel:

Ten Tips for Smoother Travel – This is one of my favorite DIY blogs. This dynamic duo has been traveling around the US (and then some) promoting their new DIY Book and they have a few great tips on how to make travel easy, breezy.

Rome Travel: Why You Should Skip the Colosseum. Forget the Vatican Too. – When this article showed up on my Twitter feed, I was pretty shocked by the title. What do you mean, ‘Skip the Colosseum?!’, but once I read through it, I wished I had seen it before our Italy tripCondé Nast Traveler put together a list of sites to see instead of the typical tourist jaunts like the Colosseum and the Vatican. While I don’t necessarily agree that you should miss the big sites, the ones offered in this article provide good, alternative sightseeing off the beaten path. I think if you were spending some extra time in Rome, or if you were making a return trip, that these should be on your must see list.

London’s Secret Small Hotels – This post has a few hotels (some a little more affordable than others) that never came across my radar when we were searching for places to stay last December or this past March. Check them out as a different alternative to your everyday chain hotel.

If there are any runners out there, I’d love to hear how you stay in shape while traveling.  Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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