What is so Great about Living in Germany – Location (part 1)

This is a series of posts about my favorite aspects of life in Germany. Adjusting to life in Germany was difficult at first. I was excited, but honestly felt a bit overwhelmed by the rules and the differences in culture. However, the longer I live here the more I enjoy the nuances of the cultureContinue reading “What is so Great about Living in Germany – Location (part 1)”

Exploring the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Burano, and Torcello

If you are planning a trip to Venice, Italy, you need to schedule some time to visit the three most famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello. It’s like taking a trip back in time and is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. You will marvel at the unique personalityContinue reading “Exploring the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Burano, and Torcello”

A Weekend Near Dieppe, France

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, Italy

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.

The Aperol Spritz

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.

What to do in Cinque Terre, Italy

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.

Best Beaches in Cinque Terre, Italy

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.

Why Visit Burg Eltz in Gemany?

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?”

Geierlay and Erbeskopf Day Trip – Germany

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.

Two Days in the Austrian Alps

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”

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