Yo-Yo-Yo! Find Out When I’m Going with Oh
Leah Walker May 4, 2012

It’s been a week since I was announced as Go with Oh’s guest blogger and the winner of a month’s accommodation in Europe. I’ve come down from cloud nine, and am currently residing on cloud eight. I’ve got a lot of planning and researching to do between now and the time that I leave, but that’s one of my favorite parts of traveling.

And when is it that I’m leaving, you ask? Since I’m not some superstar travel blogger that lives off the keystrokes on my Website, I have to consider my full-time job, especially since I really like it and would like to keep it. I get two and a half days off for Thanksgiving, so I’ve chosen to build my trip around those dates.

Thus, I’m going to Go with Oh in November!

Duomo in SnowFlorence and the Duomo in the winter (credit)

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know it’s going to be cold. But the truth is, I really miss winter. Living in Houston, I get to break out my J. Crew wool pea coat about three times a year, if I’m lucky. I’ve got wool sweaters that are begging to be worn. And my collection of scarves, gloves, and knit hats are threatening to run away in protest. Plus, think of the red wine and delicious coffees I will get to drink to warm me up.

Ok, so now you know when I’m going. Now the question is where am I Florencegoing? Here’s the dealio. Y’all know I’m going to Florence, but I also get to go to three other cities. Don’t think I’m just going to give all the juicy details at once. Nope!  I’ll announce a city on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week. You’ll have to check back.

Here are my Open House Group choices: Rome, Prague, Berlin, London, Paris, Dublin, Vienna, Barcelona, and Venice. Which other three will I visit in addition to Florence? Which would you choose?

I got a BIG surprise Thursday night from lyricist, poet, and emcee, Lyric Michelle. The beautiful and amazingly talented Michelle wanted to show me some Go with Oh support in the form of a rap. A RAP! I’m blown away. It just might be the second coolest thing that’s happened to me. Check it out.

For more from Lyric Michelle, check out her Website where you can listen to her album, As if I was a Child. Also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you, Michelle! And y’all make sure to check back on Monday when I’ll reveal my first city.

Leah Walker

Leah has a marketing management company specializing in strategy, content creation and implementation for luxury brands and destinations. She's also a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. Leah documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. She sometimes freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for four years, and was awarded additional time with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.


    1. No, I don’t believe there is a bad time! I went to Rome right before Christmas a couple of years ago, and it snowed! Can you believe it? It hadn’t snowed in Rome for over 25 years. I loved it, too.

    1. Ahhhh, Mrs. O…you know Lisbon isn’t an option. Perhaps that will be Open House Group’s next city though. And London would be nice, especially since I know I’d see you there.

    1. You’ve got until November to pack, Jody. Better start thinking about what you want to do. 😉

  1. love that rap! she is too cute and too cool! can’t wait for the cities to be revealed! will Europe ever be the same after Leah & Lola cross the pond to take it on?!

    xo – lola

    1. Isn’t Lyric Michelle just the cutest thing? She looks like a uber-cool cartoon character with her larger-than-life personality and hair. LOL! I think we’ve given Europe sufficient amount of time to prepare for us, Lola.

  2. leah!! how did i miss this?!?! so pleased for and proud of you!! i’d choose vienna and venice bc i’ve not been but would go back to prague or barcelona… cant wait to see where you choose! 🙂

  3. Yo Michelle, it’s Go With Oh,
    Your rap was dope, that’s all we know
    Your homegirl Leah’s gon’ have a blast,
    Keep up the work, yo’ rhymes got class!

  4. yup, was in texas last week. if you decide you need a travelling partner in crime (tho im boring and would have evie attached w/me), im your gal! how fun!!

  5. I do get to bring someone with me. I’m taking where in the world is lola?. BUT, I have lots of folks promising to meet me along the way in my travels. Who knows? I might be in your neck of the woods. How far are you from London now?

  6. we’re just in the burbs-35min train to london bridge. def not looking for anything other than an excuse to travel mid-week! 🙂 tho you’ve inspired me and as g’s away in hong kong next month, i’m trying to figure out where evie and i are going to go!

  7. I would probably pick: Vienna & Venice. I have been to both, but would go back and spend more time in each. Bud would have definitely picked Prague and Berlin….where he has been many times…..IF you had to pick only two? Barcelona might also be a pick, because I haven’t been there. 😎

  8. Congrats again, Leah! Living vicariously through you, you know. Fall/ winter in Europe is something I’ve wanted to do, and yes, in the cold. LOL. I think you’ll have an awesome winter Euroland. 😉

    1. Maybe y’all can sneak over and we can have a photo shoot! That would be so much fun in the snow. 😉 Really, thank you. I hope you’re enjoying China. I had mixed reactions when I visited. Safe travels, Kieau.

  9. Leah I missed the announcement!! CONGRATS! You totally deserve this and you’re going to rock it.
    There are many times that I actually prefer to travel when it’s cooler. I just don’t think it’s that pretty to be sweating out of every pore as I explore a city. With the right clothing it’ll be great.
    I can’t wait to hear where else you choose!

    1. Thank you! I’m just overwhelmed at the idea of writing about everything I’m going to do. The cool thing about having a blog is that it’s like a virtual scrap book. It’s so neat to go back and relive all of the adventures, and that makes the hours spent writing and editing photos worthwhile.

  10. Ohhh, any of those cities will be gorgeous with a coating of snow! Fingers crossed for snow wherever you choose to go!
    Looking forward to reading and following your month in Europe! Congrats again!

    1. Thanks so much, Tash. I think those cities look great with a layer of snow, too. It just gives off a magical vibe.

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