the most important trip you'll ever take – coming home

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Why coming home will always be the most important journey you take:  It will make you wonder why you ever left and remind you exactly why you did. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://www.secondsmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/MG_3360.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” […]

JUST fly – almost misadventures on the blue ridge parkway

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] No matter where we go or what the plan is trips with my sister are always an adventure. We did a road trip from Washington to Crater Lake in Oregon a few years ago. We made a pit stop in the land of the Goonies […]

golden skies and a SECOND sunrise

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] The allure of the mountains of NC is boundless. My first visit mere weeks ago left me captivated, so much so that I ventured once again to this illustrious landscape. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] If you happen to find yourself drawn to […]

JUST turn right- a little Buffalove

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Buffalo, NY is well known for snow and chicken wings, for good reason. We have buckets of snow falling almost any time of the year and the chicken wings, well you can’t get anything like them anywhere else! In case you were wondering, […]

a SECOND room to stay: unexpected brussels

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Chocolate and waffles, chocolate waffles! That was the extent of my understanding and expectations for Brussels. How could a city disappoint with such simple standards! Well it did, at least for the first 24hrs. But don’t dismay Belgian enthusiasts; it had a quick recovery with […]

you don't have to leave home

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code”] Follow my blog with Bloglovin [/et_pb_code][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller Travel is not something that just takes you to a different country. While that is a very exciting experience and something most of us […]

bear-ly SECONDs away: blue ridge escape

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   “A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden SECONDs of silence: mountainous voids was my why, now here is the adventure that came of that. If you haven’t gone for a country drive in a while I urge […]

SECONDs of silence: mountainous voids

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] “I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we live simply and wisely” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden   I like silence. Not the silences muddled by the buzz of the lights or slow blinking of […]

luca lives on the SECOND floor

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Same trip, different cold. What better way to follow a freezing Copenhagen than with a frozen Stockholm? A five hour train ride later and that’s where we landed. By time we would have waited through security lines and boarded a flight that would only last an hour then found our way to […]

bring a SECOND pair of shoes

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]   Travel to a cold country, lesson number one: bring a SECOND pair of shoes, or maybe just one pair of really warm ones! Exploring Copenhagen on foot over Christmas is magical. It is also extremely cold. While you traipse around slushy cobbled streets I guarantee that slush will seep through the […]