I am thrilled to welcome fellow Canadians Kayleen and Danielle of Bolt and Keel to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” series. A collection of interviews here on the blog that proves we are not the only ones “crazy” enough to travel the globe with our pet(s). It’s a growing trend and no longer quite so rare an occurrence. We are building a community of people passionate about both their pets and […]

I am thrilled to welcome Millie La Rue and her posse to the Montecristo Travels “Special Correspondent” series—the series that proves we are not the only ones travelling the globe with our pets. It’s a first step in building a community of people passionate about both their pets and travel. So welcome, WELCOME! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves: Who is who? Where is […]

We live a charmed life. Truly. I think it is important to say that out loud. To acknowledge it. So many times things happen and we are not sure what we did to deserve it. We are, however, incredibly grateful that they do. Like the time we were at The Maison enjoying the Kiki Hamann hospitality and were kidnapped by Anastasia the Great and George and were whisked […]

I love listening to humans. They say the strangest things. They have sayings they bandy about, often without really thinking about what the words literally mean.  “It’s raining cats and dogs,” for example. I hear this and can’t help but have a disturbing mental image.  *shudder* Another saying I hear a lot is, “It isn’t what you know but who you know.” Now, this little gem has often made my […]

If you are most familiar with travelling in Europe and large North American cities, you could be forgiven for thinking that a Miami suburb that is a major agricultural area would have little to offer visitors. In the case of Homestead and The Redlands, you would be wrong. As with almost all North American destinations, a car is in order. Nothing is within walking distance so you will […]

We love a mystery. We are fans of things that can’t quite be explained. That is how I know that one day I shall see Stonehenge, for example, or the great pyramids of Egypt. With luck, both! I recently got see one such place. It was much closer to home and it is, much to my delight, very pet friendly.  It has been featured in hundreds of newspapers and […]

We were lucky enough to spend a day enjoying the beauty of some of the Travis County Parks. This collection of parks, totalling about 22 in all, is an extraordinary concept. Each individual park has something different to offer. Some focus on hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Other parks offer fishing, bird watching, camping, rock climbing and more. With so many parks to choose from, we had […]

When a city has the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” you get the feeling that the people who live there don’t take themselves too seriously.   The motto is plastered all over the place: greeting you when you land at the airport; in gift shops; on t-shirts, bumper stickers and mugs; and so many more places. There it is, like a neon sign over top of the city: “Keep […]

Located about thirty miles southeast of Austin, Texas, is wonderful Bastrop.  For the movie buffs, you might enjoy knowing that several movies were at least partially (if not completely) filmed there, including: Lovin’ Molly, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Home Fries, Courage Under Fire,  The Alamo, (remake) All The Boys Love Mandy Lane Fireflies in the Garden, Friday the 13th (remake) The Life of David Gale Michael Hope […]

When trying to figure out where to start in telling our “Adventures in Texas,” it seemed apparent that our hosts’ pied-a-terre of Elgin was an obvious launching pad. We are certain that if you visit Elgin area, like us, you will fall in love with the expanses of pastoral fields with animals and wild flowers. The little Beaver Road with its ancient cemetery and trees that reached from […]