Olmsted Ladies Trip 2013 – Mallorca

Every year, the Olmsted ladies (wives and female scholars) from Europe and Africa travel to a different destination for a little girls-only fun.  Last year, the girls joined up in Edinburgh for some relaxation and site-seeing.  While absolutely beautiful, it was a wee (okay a little more than “wee”) bit cold.  Remembering all too well our frozen hands and toes, we opted for a warmer destination this year.  My friend and fellow Olmsted wife, Jen Hensarling, planned our trip this year.  After a few rounds of voting, seven Olmsted wives and one scholar decided on Mallorca.  The island is the largest of the Balearic archipelago and is practically a German colony in the summer, with most of the flights coming from either Spain or Germany.  In fact, my flight went from Florence to Frankfurt and then to Mallorca.  It is also a common vacation destination for the Irish and Polish, and I can’t say I blame them!… [Read More]

Basque-ing in the Sun…..

Beautiful Biarritz water

I haven’t written much in a while, mainly because Bobby and I took several weeks off from traveling so that I could go back to language training and he could start on the daunting process of sifting through books for his PhD.  However, when we got a great offer for a week on the French coast (in the Basque region), we could not pass it up.  The Basque region spans the French-Spanish border on the Atlantic coast.  We visited San Sebastian (in Spain) last month, so we stuck to the French side of the border this trip.  We met up for a week of fun and relaxation with other Olmsted Scholars from the area (Tim Gallagher and his wife Meaghan and son Tim from Paris, Paul Rogers from Lyon, and Brian Hensarling and his wife Jen from Brussels).  After a very short 14 hour drive from Firenze (yes, we are crazy sometimes), we reached the beautiful coast. The Gallaghers found a wonderful home to rent in Biarritz for the week, so we used this as our base camp.  It was a week full of surfing, sun-bathing, eating, cooking, beach-side runs, and great conversation.  Turns out, Bobby and I aren’t really surfers (we left that to the other Olmsted professionals), so we decided to take a few side trips in France as well.  We figured that if we drove all the way to the Basque region, we might as well enjoy it and it’s neighboring city of Bordeaux (more on that in the next post). … [Read More]