Category Traveling

Molly’s European Year: a Recap in Words and Pictures

I will be leaving Austria in exactly one week. After that, I have a two day layover in Iceland, but then it’s home sweet home (Alabama) for Christmas. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now to find the best way to capture the magical insanity that has been the last thirteen months of my […]

Live from Stockholm!

Technically, live from Malmö, but I’m just sitting in the station here for a couple of hours waiting on my bus to Copenhagen. I just got off the most wonderful train, with wide soft seats and plugs and wifi and cupholders…Sweden does everything well, it seems. With efficiency and style. I spent my two days […]

Live from Oslo!

I have a couple of hours until my night bus to Stockholm, so I thought I’d give y’all a live update on how my Great Northern Tour is going so far (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Krakow are on the agenda.). I flew into Oslo so late on Friday night that no trains were running, […]

Austrian Landmarks/ Wahrzeichen

  This weekend, I finally achieved a long-term goal: visiting the capitals of all nine Austrian Federal States. Each capital city has its own Wahrzeichen or landmark symbol.  Here they are: Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg; Stephansdom, Vienna; Uhrturm, Graz; Goldenes Dachl, Innsbruck; Pöstlingberg, Linz; Rathaus, St. Pölten; Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt; Martinsturm, Bregenz; and der Lindwurm, Klagenfurt.  I’ve never planned […]

July Adventures

Yes, I’m getting all out of order and topsy-turvy on this blog. Bear with me. (I promise that posts about my June trips to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Cesky Krumlov, and Germany will come.) Summer is my favorite time of the year, and this summer, I’ve had a rail pass for all of Austria, and I’ve set […]

Things to Do in Vienna for €5 or LESS

This post is exactly what the title would lead you to believe. I’m currently in my favorite European city, hanging out in my hostel’s rooftop bar, thinking about Vienna. This is my seventh time here, and I come up with new things to do every single time. Even though it is, by any standard, quite […]

Germany Trip Itinerary

This year, I have been queen of the long weekend trip–Berlin, Graz, Innsbruck, Zurich, Amsterdam, Prague, Venice, Florence, Ljubljana and Zagreb. Whew. But I’m getting ready for another long trip (the last one was a week in Vienna and Budapest back in December). Luckily, pretty soon I will be making a thirteen day jaunt around Germany and […]


A few weeks ago, I made a day trip to beautiful Hallstatt with some friends! If you do a Google image search for Austria, I guarantee that you will come up with pictures of this gorgeous village, nestled in the Alps on the smooth clear Hallstättersee (Lake Hallstatt). This area has been a center of […]

A weekend in Florence and Venice

My trip started with a night train. One of those crowded, six-to-a-compartment, stopping in every village, tickets checked every few hours, night trains. They are such a good idea in theory–don’t waste vacation time traveling, fall asleep in one country, wake up in another, combine the costs of travel and accommodation, romantic 19th century ideas […]

Easter in Amsterdam

I spent the long Easter weekend in Amsterdam, a city that I’d heard a lot about (good, bad, and crazy), but not yet managed to visit. My friend Julie was an au pair in Amsterdam last year, so she gave me a list of places to check out/things to do (which was so helpful!) but […]