2 Days in Athens

2 Days in Athens

I can’t believe two months have already passed since I’ve returned from my European adventure! If you missed it, I shared the base of my itinerary and highlighted the U.K. portion of the trip. Today I want to share about the first city I visited in Greece…Athens, of course! While planning this vacation, I heard many mixed reviews of this historic city but I believe it’s worth a visit. Take a look at what you should eat, see and do for two days in Athens, Greece! 2 Days in Athens, Greece Day 1 Athens International Airport (AIA) is located about 30 minutes away via bus from downtown Athens. We opted to take public transporation from the airport into the heart of the city which only cost about 5 Euro and took about 25 – 30 minutes. Beware: the buses are crowded and don’t have air conditioning! We thought the cost savings was worth it. After checking in at our AirBnB in the Plaka neighborhood, we decided to walk around and grab a bite to eat. I would definitely recommend staying in this area. While it was a bit touristy, the Plaka is in walking distance to all of the big historic sights. […]

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A Weekend Trip to NYC {+ JORD Watch Giveaway}

A Weekend Trip to NYC {+ JORD Watch Giveaway}

In the past year, my family has experienced great loss. While grief and the heaviness of losing loved ones has broken our hearts, it has also made us appreciate each other and the time we have together more. When my cousin Emily suggested a girls/cousins trip to NYC where she lives, I jumped at the opportunity! I had only been to the Big Apple once before and that was four years ago, so I was happy to return. Below is a bit of our glitzy and glamorous weekend trip to NYC! I hope this post inspires you to 1) plan a cousins trip, 2) visit NYC and 3) enter my JORD Watch Giveaway :). Enter my giveaway with JORD Wood Watches here! The details are at the bottom of this post. Weekend Trip to NYC Friday 3:10 PM This was the original time that our flight was supposed to take off. Welp, that didn’t happen! After a few (hour) delays and then almost missing our flight (thanks to loud restaurant music), we finally took off around 6:45 PM. While CLE is a great airport, my sister, Bekah, and I decided to fly out of Columbus (CMH) because it was cheaper. I would definitely fly CMH […]

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3 Days in England

3 Days in England

This past June, I had the trip of a lifetime and was able to spend almost 2 weeks in Europe with some of the greatest gals I know. We split our time between the U.K. and Greece (check out our full Europe itinerary here), and today I wanted to give you a peek into our time in Great Britain. If you’re headed over the pond anytime soon, I hope that you find this post helpful! Here’s what I experienced during my 3 days in England. 3 Days in England Day 1 Mary Kay and I arrived around 10 AM and were so happy to be reunited with our ex-pat friends, Rachel and Jared. They picked us up from Gatwick airport and we headed back to their town of Reading. After having some snacks and catching up, we headed out to explore their city of the past 2 years. Reading is located southwest of London on the river Thames and is about a 30 minute train ride away from the city. It has a really cute main street with lots of shops, restaurants and pubs. We stopped at Bill’s for a quick dinner and tried fried haloumi…aka the British version of mozzarella sticks. Reading felt […]

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Auntie Joys: A Day at Hale Farm

Auntie Joys: A Day at Hale Farm

Like I’ve told you before, being an auntie is my absolute favorite role in life. I’m always looking for fun and creative activities to do with my niece and nephews. When the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS – which includes Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Costume Collection, Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Mansions, Kidzbits Family Hands-on Center and the Research Library) asked to partner with my blog, I gladly accepted and knew that Simon (3 years old), Gus (20 months old) and Aurellia (16 months old) would enjoy a trip down to Hale Farm & Village. Hale Farm & Village is a historic property within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can step back in time and view how people lived their everyday lives in the early 1800s. Below I shared a bit about our day at Hale Farm, as well as some exciting announcements & events from the Western Reserve Historical Society! Read all the way down to the bottom to enter a contest to win a membership to WRHS! Simon was our fearless leader and took charge of the grounds map. Stop number one was the first settlement. At each stop, there is a storyteller who shares […]

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Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging {+ a Giveaway with The Print Annex}

Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging {+ a Giveaway with The Print Annex}

A little over a year ago, I started By Travel & Error with a goal of having a space to write about lessons learned, experiences shared and stories created while wandering around our messy, yet beautiful world. It’s been a lot of fun documenting my trips, creating various lifestyle series, working with brands, discovering the world of blogging and forming friendships with other bloggers! Below are four lessons that I’ve learned in my first year of blogging that I wanted to share with you. If you are currently a blogger or perhaps you are aspiring to be one, this post is for you! Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging 1. Remember the reason why you started your blog. People read and follow your blog because they want to hear from you. Remember to stay true to your voice and opinions. You do you! 2. Chase the light! Photography is so important, especially in the world of social media. While you can obviously edit your photos, it’s better to shoot pictures in good lighting. Early morning or during sunset are both 👌🏼 times to do this. 3. Don’t get bogged down with comparing yourself to others or writing in a way that will […]

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Island Getaway: Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary

Island Getaway: Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary

As many of you know, I recently returned from visiting Greece. The islands entranced me with their white-washed buildings, bright blue domes and magenta bougainvillea. While I thoroughly enjoyed my European adventure, it’s always good to come home to Cleveland. This past weekend, I decided to take a quick island getaway…CLE style. I want to share my Put-In-Bay day trip itinerary with you so that you can do the same sometime this summer! Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary 9:15 AM Leave Lakewood, OH & drive to Port Clinton, OH. It takes a little over an hour to get from point A to point B. There is parking right outside the Jet Express ferry. We paid $12 for almost a full day. 11:00 AM Depart Port Clinton via the Jet Express & head to Put-In-Bay. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule and plan your day accordingly! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, your bathing suit and an extra set of clothes. There are relatively nice public restrooms in downtown Put-In-Bay where you can shower & change if necessary. 11:30 AM Arrive at South Bass & commence island time, drinks & feels! Rent bikes (or golf carts) at Island Bike Rental which is located right […]

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My (Almost) 2 Week Europe Trip Itinerary & Planning Tips

My (Almost) 2 Week Europe Trip Itinerary & Planning Tips

Happy summer, friends! After almost a 2 month hiatus from writing blog posts, I’m back! 🙂 Life gets busy and unfortunately blogging is one of the first things to go when that happens to me. I’m sure many of you can relate. Anyways, quite a lot has happened since the last time I wrote a post. More specifically, I went to Europe and back! About two years ago, my good friends Rachel & Jared up and moved their lives to the UK. I asked Rachel before she left, “If I come visit you in London, can we take a trip to Greece too?” Her answer was yes, of course. How do you say no to Greece!? Well yes, it is expensive, and yes, I did use up almost all my vacation time for this trip…but it was worth it!  When else will I have good friends living abroad? I kept telling myself this and decided that yes, I needed to go and it needed to happen this summer. With that being said, I wanted to share my trip itinerary with you, as well as a few planning tips. In upcoming posts, I’ll share more specifics (and pictures!) about each city […]

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Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Seattle

Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Seattle

My roommate Molly and I have been wanting to go to Seattle for almost 2 years and finally the timing worked out to go together! In late April, we had the opportunity to visit this rainy but fun Pacific Northwest city that we had heard so much about. If you’re interested in visiting or are currently planning a trip to the Emerald City, I hope that this will provide you with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend in Seattle (or at least some fun ideas). Enjoy! Itinerary for a Long Weekend in Seattle Friday Getting There: We departed CLE at 3:25 PM and arrived in Seattle at 5:33 PM. I would definitely recommend trying to get a non-stop flight if you’re coming from Cleveland or the Eastern Time Zone. It’s almost a 5-hour flight, so with a long flight and a 3-hour time change, it’s beneficial to opt for the non-stop flight! We found a deal on Frontier Airlines for less than $200/per person round-trip. Go budget airlines! Where To Stay: Molly and I stayed at the Belltown Inn. While this definitely wasn’t the fanciest of places to stay, it was clean, had friendly and helpful staff and was in our price range […]

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Auntie Joys: 7 Gift Ideas for Nieces and Nephews {+ A Giveaway}

Auntie Joys: 7 Gift Ideas for Nieces and Nephews {+ A Giveaway}

Last December I was PUMPED to give my oldest nephew Simon (age 3) his Christmas gift. I had bought him a sleeping bag and filled it with candy and a card inviting him to a sleepover with his Auntie Lou (me). I promised a day full of candy, adventures and games. When Simon opened his present, he looked up with a pout on his lips and stated, “This isn’t what I wanted.” Honestly, I was disappointed because I thought he would be just as excited as I was. A few weeks later when we actually did have our sleepover, we both had a blast! In retrospect, I should’ve realized that a future activity with dreams of treats and surprises was probably hard for Simon to grasp. To help you avoid this auntie fauz pas, I’ve put together seven gift ideas for nieces and nephews that will delight both the kids and their parents. While many of the gifts apply to only children age 3 and younger, I think all aunts can glean some inspiration from this post. P.S. Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom to see how you can win an amazing gift package for your niece […]

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