Building (and Burning) Bridges

Portland, Oregon, has a TON of bridges that span the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, unsurprisingly earning Portland the official nickname of "Bridgetown." As the Willamette divides Portland down the middle, starting at the top, there's the St. Johns Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Broadway Bridge, Steel Bridge, Burnside Bridge, Morrison Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, Marquam Bridge, Tilikum Crossing, … Continue reading Building (and Burning) Bridges


Photo Set: Northern Ireland

The trip to Northern Ireland was by far the most important part of my trip. I was going to meet a "new" friend, someone I'd written about extensively over the last five months, to interview him and speak with him about the project. This is what I love about writing!  Our adventure started at Waterloo … Continue reading Photo Set: Northern Ireland

Photo Set: London and Rochester, England

I'd had about as much romance as I could handle, so it was finally time to say goodbye to France and move onto the next destination. I hopped on the high-speed train from Paris to London, under the English Channel. It was a really cool experience, and apparently super efficient, which made me question why … Continue reading Photo Set: London and Rochester, England

Photo Set: Dinan and Paris

We left Saint-Malo and headed toward Paris, not without making a pitstop in Dinan, a beautiful old village along the way. Gorgeous old architecture, and beautiful views!We arrived in Paris at the perfect time, rush hour... which also happened to be happy hour! I booked a bed in the Generator Hostel, located not too far … Continue reading Photo Set: Dinan and Paris

Photo Set: Normandy and Cancale

It was a rainy day. We're talking, big, fat, ugly drops. We debated the game plan... "We've come this far, I would remiss if we came all this way and I didn't go to the Cemetery at Normandy." Graham said, matter-of-factly. "They didn't exactly call off the invasion because of rain either." He was right, … Continue reading Photo Set: Normandy and Cancale

Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune located approximately a kilometer off the Normandy coast of France, and it looks like a goddamn fairy tale. (It is, nearly, a fairy tale, as the city was the inspiration for the Disney film Tangled.)Part monastery, part fort, part village, Mont Saint-Michel is designed to mirror the feudal system, with … Continue reading Photo Set: Mont Saint-Michel

Photo Set: Saint-Malo, The Walled City

Saint-Malo, located in Brittany, Northwestern France, is a walled port city on the English Channel. A friend of mine read All The Light We Cannot See, which takes place in St. Malo, and convinced us to spend a few days there intra muros... inside the walls. Saint-Malo, a port town, was historically notorious as the home … Continue reading Photo Set: Saint-Malo, The Walled City

Photo Set: Love in the South of France

Last month, I embarked on my first trip to Europe; a whirlwind of love, travel, work, and adventure. It was the trip of a lifetime, which would start in Paris, France, for a best friend's nuptials. I connected with friends after landing at Charles De Gaulle Airport, cohorts heading to the truly destination wedding. Our … Continue reading Photo Set: Love in the South of France