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My family and I recently spent a long weekend at an Airbnb located on the top of a cliff with a view of the French coast near Dieppe. It was by far the most relaxing vacation we’ve taken since moving to Europe. It was a simple weekend of simple pleasures.
The five villages of Cinque Terre date back to the Middle Ages and are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Here’s what you need to know about the villages of Cinque Terre.
One late afternoon as my family and I dined on seafood pasta watching the sunset in Monterosso in Cinque Terre with salt and sunblock still coating our skin, a waiter brought the four people at the table behind us each this strange looking bright, orange-colored drink served over ice in a wine glass.
Cinque Terre, Italy is a charming collection of five villages along the Mediterranean Sea. Its kaleidoscope of colorful architecture from the Middle Ages, access to beautiful beaches, delicious dining and hiking trails make it a popular Italian vacation destination.
In honor of National Beach Day, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a brief description of the beaches of Cinque Terre, Italy.
The idyllic river flows gently around the castle mound. It’s cool, shallow waters and smooth stones are perfect for a barefoot walk. As my daughter and I stacked pebbles and stones into precarious pillars in the middle of the river the hem of her cotton dress skimming the water’s surface, small children splashed and giggledContinue reading “Why Visit Burg Eltz in Gemany?”
My stomach lurched as the bridge swayed slightly below me. I’ve never been afraid of heights, however, the 100-meter drop to the valley below is daunting when standing in the center of the 360-meter suspension bridge known as Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay.
Kitzbühel with a Kid “Last one down the mountain is a rotten egg!” Why did I say that? What was I thinking? Surely, my intent was to ignite my daughter’s competitive spirit, for my odds of a victory against the tandem toboggan team of her and my husband were low…almost nil. However, with aContinue reading “Two Days in the Austrian Alps”
His iridescent, yellow eyes locked on my panini, licking his lips, he gracefully stretched then leaped down from his sun-soaked window ledge and stalked closer to my table, prowling for his lunch.
My family and I had the opportunity to travel to Annecy, France at the end of summer and spend a day in the historic, medieval section of the city. From the canals, to the chateaus and amazing views, this lakeside hamlet nestled in the French Alps is so beautiful. We had an amazing day exploring,Continue reading “Day Trip to Annecy, France”
Prague – Praha, the Heart of Europe, the Golden City, the Mother of Cities, the City of a Hundred Spires. The nicknames it has acquired since its founding in the 9th century are vast, like the cobblestones that pave its historic center. Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and is home toContinue reading “Must See in Prague, Czech Republic”
Moving to Germany has been amazing! My family and I have enjoyed living in Europe and adapting to our life in another country. However, my husband, who never gets traffic tickets back in the states, has become a professional at getting traffic tickets in Germany. An interesting detail is that police officers in Germany don’tContinue reading “How to get a Traffic Ticket in Germany”
It happened on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic at sunset – one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. The silhouettes of saints and Gothic towers along the bridge. The Prague Castle and spires of St. Vitus Cathedral peaking the hill. The sun’s fluid waves in its reflection off the VltavaContinue reading “Travel Presently”
My husband and I love bringing our daughter along on our adventures. In fact, there’s never even a question on whether or not she will come with us. We love to explore as a family and think that it is beneficial for her to have these experiences in her life. Plus, she’s actually a lotContinue reading “16 Things to do in Southern Ireland with your Child”
This is my first year living in Europe and of course I had to venture out to some of the famous European Christmas Markets. Each one I visited was unique and charming in its own way, but my absolute favorite one of the season was Luxembourg City. What Luxembourg lacks in size, it madeContinue reading “Exploring the Luxembourg Christmas Markets”
The medieval town of Kilkenny, Ireland is picturesque and pregnant with personality. I may be a little biased as I can trace my paternal ancestors back to this region, and this hamlet has been on my list of places to visit for years. Biased or not, it definitely lived up to the anticipation. Below areContinue reading “Things to do in Kilkenny, Ireland”
I love living in Europe, more specifically Germany. It’s a beautiful country with a great location, central to so much of Europe. It’s quite perfect for travel. A great aspect of living in another country is discovering the quirks that make it unique; and then realizing that you have adapted to these differences and haveContinue reading “Germany Quirks”
I recently had the opportunity to visit Ireland with my family. We were of the mindset that when one is touring Ireland one must learn about AND sample its brews. It’s customary. No, no, no…a requirement. So, to meet this requirement, we participated in the Guinness Storehouse Tour in Dublin and the Smithwick’s Experience inContinue reading “Guinness Storehouse vs. Smithwick’s Experience”
Blarney Castle and Gardens is a must see in Ireland. My family and I just returned from our amazing trip to southern Ireland. The country was beautiful and the people were spirited and kind…and the beer was delicious. On our six-day trip, we traveled to and explored Dublin, Kilkenny, Cobh, Spike Island, the Dingle Peninsula,Continue reading “Blarney Castle and Gardens – Ireland”
When hiking up to Hamburg Tower in Kaiserslautern, do NOT do what I did. I accidentally took my family on the extended, extra-long, scenic, scenic route. Probably added on a couple of miles for my husband, seven-year-old daughter and I. My advice: Choose the path that appears to be less traveled…that will make all theContinue reading “Hike to Hamburg Tower Kaiserslautern, Germany”
I recently had the opportunity to visit beautiful, beautiful Bern, Switzerland. Known for its Bears, Beers, Buskers and a Brilliant mind. Well, at least during my recent trip. This city was a stop along a larger trip, but totally worth it. We only spent a day here, but my family and I enjoyed the architecture,Continue reading “Seven Things to do in Bern, Switzerland”
Hi. I’m Lex…short for Alexis. My family and I moved to Europe in July 2019. We’ve already had quite an adventure. This blog is a way for me to share some of my experiences on this beautiful continent – travels, observations and adapting to life in Europe. My hope is that the information I shareContinue reading “Hi, I’m Lex”
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