Author Profile: Christy Swagerty

What Up, SWAGS?!

Christy Swagerty is an American expat volleyball player and travel blogger who has lived in Belgium, France, and Germany. Her eBooks and What Up, SWAGS?! website have been an inspirational resource for athletes, expats, and travelers alike since 2011.

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The Day in Den Haag

The Day in Den Haag

Hague, Netherlands

The Hague has the Mauritshuis museum, and that museum has the Vermeer painting of "Girl with a Pearl Earring." The Hague also has a lot to offer for great food as...   view more

Berlin in Motion

Berlin in Motion

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a lot to handle. Definitely too much for a weekend. But when the weekend is understood to be a simple introduction, Berlin flashes a quick smile with a hasty, "Wie geht's?" Berlin beckons you to follow it around, showing every bright side and dark corner of itself without...   view more

Munich: Toys, Markets & Chocolates

Munich: Toys, Markets & Chocolates

Munich, Germany

The Spielzeug Museum is housed in the tower of the old city hall in the main square, Marienplatz. I entered through an opened wooden door to a spiraling castle staircase. There are only three exhibit rooms, but the arrangement is full and...   view more

Un Autre Quartier de Paris

Un Autre Quartier de Paris

Paris, France

I spent this sunny afternoon in the 9th arrondissement, taking the long ways, walking slowly, and backtracking when I felt like it. You'll find wonderful museums, restaurants, and architecture off the beaten tourist path in this...   view more

Madrid: Our 8 Favorite Tastes

Madrid: Our 8 Favorite Tastes

Madrid, Spain

This entry is dedicated to the most delicious foods we enjoyed in Madrid over Christmas break, 2014. Tapas bars, breakfast places, and desserts,...   view more

London Makes a Great Date

London Makes a Great Date

London, England

We had a pretty simple agenda. Arrive in London. Check-in to the AirBnB hotel. Eat lunch. Take the tube to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Return to hotel to get ready for dinner and the show. Sleep. Get back on the first Eurostar the next...   view more

Paris' Free Museum Day

Paris' Free Museum Day

Paris, France

Paris is forever fabulous, and one of the best and only places you can experience the rosiness of Monet, the grit of Rodin, and the intricacies of medieval art in the same...   view more

The Scoop on Cake in Vienna

The Scoop on Cake in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

The whole Vienna cafe scene really made me curious. Would it really be better than Paris? How could cake actually be that amazing? Was the Sacher torte even...   view more

6 Miracles in Milano

6 Miracles in Milano

Milan, Italy

Whether you believe in actual miracles, happy coincidences, or good luck, it's all the same. Milan is an incredible city. I loved wandering in and out of churches, walking down as many alleys as I could find, and realizing that Milan is yet another wonderful place I could really...   view more

Locals Recommend: 4 Tapas Bars in Seville

Locals Recommend: 4 Tapas Bars in Seville

Sevilla, Spain

I flew next to a couple from Seville! Alejandro and his wife were a wealth of information and we put it to use, especially when deciding where to eat. We only spent two days in Seville, but we ate well and saw a few of the key...   view more

Off-the-Beaten-Path Paris Museums: Delacroix, Rodin, Barbie

Off-the-Beaten-Path Paris Museums: Delacroix, Rodin, Barbie

Paris, France

Two of these museums were the homes and studios of the artists, and, while not quite as impressive as Monet's gardens in Giverny, it was interesting to observe where Delacroix and Rodin found the most inspiration for their...   view more

Water-Falling for the Bois de Boulogne

Water-Falling for the Bois de Boulogne

Paris, France

I'm not one to naturally pay attention to green spaces. If I hear something special about a park area, though, I will look into it and probably follow up with a...   view more

3 Days Best in Budapest

3 Days Best in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Whether you've got 3 hours or 3 days in Budapest, these suggestions will get you off on the right foot and on your way! Tips on how to get there, where to stay, how to exchange currencies, and everything about what to do and...   view more

Get in on Dresden

Get in on Dresden

Dresden, Germany

Dresden was so young. I felt like I was walking around a college campus most of the time, what with the laid-back, creative hipster clothing styles, interesting haircuts and colors, and student-aged people relaxing in coffee shops and colorful bars around each...   view more

Following the Romans of Tarragona

Following the Romans of Tarragona

Tarragona, Spain

On my last day in Barcelona this summer, I decided to leave! It was high time for me to reach beyond the borders of that awesome town, and, after many moments exploring Google Maps, I selected Tarragona for my daytime...   view more

Strolling San Sebastian

Strolling San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain

Basically, if you're a fan of churches, parks, and beaches, you will love San Sebastian. I had an alright weather day, as you will see from my photos. The morning and evening both had cloud cover, but the entire afternoon the sky was bright...   view more

Bilbao Outdoor Art Walk

Bilbao Outdoor Art Walk

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain, is home to one of three fantastic Guggenheim museums (the other two are in New York City, USA, and Venice, Italy). I haven't been to the other two, but my trip to Bilbao was sure to include this...   view more

Two-Hour Munich Monuments Walk

Two-Hour Munich Monuments Walk

Munich, Germany

I am happy to say I finally have a reasonable and interesting two-hour loop to get acquainted with Munich's history and identity that I know I will continue to enjoy taking my friends and family on for many years to...   view more

Segovia: For Architecture and Food

Segovia: For Architecture and Food

Segovia, Spain

Segovia deserves to be recognized as maybe the inspiration for all of the fake kingdom names! Segovia has some of the best preserved Roman, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture, in addition to the Jewish quarter that has retained much of its original...   view more

Circle Salzburg through the Squares

Circle Salzburg through the Squares

Salzburg, Austria

One of the many reasons I love Salzburg is because it is actually impossible to get lost. On the approach to the center, the river is on the left, the mountain is on the right, and once you've hit the highway, you've gone too far. My perfect scenario for...   view more

Madrid Museums on a Budget

Madrid Museums on a Budget

Madrid, Spain

Strolling through several art museums can make for an expensive walk! However, Madrid has great options for free museums and even offers affordable moments for their more fancy museums as...   view more

Czech Out Karlovy Vary

Czech Out Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary is a little bit hilly but well-designed with walking trails to get to lookouts and good sidewalks in the city center. I recommend you start at the top of the mountain and wind your way down the Teplá River to where it joins the Ohře River at the base of the...   view more

Do the Leipzig-Zag

Do the Leipzig-Zag

Leipzig, Germany

I think Leipzig is one of those great cities that is usually experienced as an after-thought or out of convenience. It's not on most people's Germany tours or itineraries, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have amazing things to...   view more

48 Hours in Granada

48 Hours in Granada

Granada, Spain

If you’ve been considering Granada as a destination, but maybe it’s not “on the way” to your next place, I encourage you to commit to it and make it a priority to get there...   view more

One Day in Paris

One Day in Paris

Paris, France

The only sad thing about this idea is that you only have 24 hours in Paris. After 5 years of visiting and living in this city, I can tell you that it still isn’t enough time to completely delve into this incredible...   view more

Enjoying Amazing Annecy

Enjoying Amazing Annecy

Annecy, France

There are certain places in the world where it's extra awesome because an annual event will bring you back every year! Annecy, France, is one of those places for us, for...   view more

14 Main Attractions and Museums in Zagreb

14 Main Attractions and Museums in Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

I don't think Z-town is making anyone's "Top 10" list of anything anytime soon, but if you've got a spare couple of days, Zagreb is sure to provide a really great...   view more

12 Spots to Get to Know Narbonne

12 Spots to Get to Know Narbonne

Narbonne, France

The larger cities of Toulouse and Marseille anchor this beautiful area that includes both mountains and coastline, and Narbonne is planted between them near the coast. Another gorgeous city nearby is Carcassonne, also complete with its own walled-in city and...   view more

Make Your Way Around Malaga

Make Your Way Around Malaga

Malaga, Spain

Malaga is delightfully known as one of the warmest cities of continental Europe. This makes traveling here wonderful throughout the entire year, and it is nearly always a beautiful day for walking around town for...   view more

When You Get to Santiago de Compostela

When You Get to Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela has been a tourist destination for over a thousand years. It has been a very interesting place to spend six days. This is my list of sights, food and coffee places, parks, stores, and services that I found useful and helpful during my time...   view more