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The Mansion On The River | Charleston, South Carolina

"It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father's ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life. His bloodstream lit up my own with a passion for the city that I've never lost nor ever will...

Because of its devotional, graceful attraction to food and gardens and architecture, Charleston stands for all the principles that make living well both a civic virtue and a standard. It is a rapturous, defining place to grow up. Everything I reveal to you now will be Charleston-shaped and Charleston-governed, and sometimes even Charleston-ruined. But it is my fault and not the city's that it came close to destroying me. Not everyone responds to beauty in the same way. Though Charleston can do much, it can't always improve on the strangeness of human behavior. But Charleston has a high tolerance for eccentricity and bemusement. There is a tastefulness in its gentility that comes from the knowledge that Charleston is a permanent dimple in the understated skyline, while the rest of us are only visitors."

Excerpted from South of Broad, by Pat Conroy, 2009, Doubleday books.

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Barcelona Details

In Febraury of 2014, we escaped the cold winds of late winter here in Copenhagen and made our way to mysterious, delicious Barcelona. We instantly fell in love with that ancient, unpredictable, many storied city of Catalan pride and organic architecture - so much so that we're going back there later this month. But until we have more photos and stories to share, here are some outtakes from last years travels.

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Dordogne River Float

This summer we spent a day floating down France's Dordogne River. Though we were technically 'canoeing,' we definitely let the river do the work. And as we melted down stream in the Dordogne's generous current, we couldn't help but agree with the River Rat's timeless credo:

'Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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Home are the Sailors (A Preview of Things to Come)

'Home is the sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home from the hill.'' Robert Louis Stevenson

It has been a busy summer of travel, but we are home and excited to share photos from our journeys with you. In the coming weeks we will post photos from our time in Poland, Sardinia (Italy), the Bordeaux Region and Paris, France as well as Holland and Croatia. But in the meantime, here is a little preview of things to come, with much more on the near horizon.

We hope you will continue to travel the way with us this fall. 

Ashlyn & Austin