“This is our Douro”

Portugal's Douro Valley is quite the destination these days. In fact, the Douro is one of the reasons Tom and I recently moved to...
Setting sail aboard the Wind Surf

Tasting the food-friendly wines of Spain

"Did you know that there are now more acres planted to vine in Spain than anywhere else? " asked Sommelier Steve Olson,  as he...


Rome Countryside

A long weekend in the Rome countryside

Rome is such a draw, such an over-achiever, that many travelers never see some of Italy’s finest historical treasures in the nearby rolling hills...
Abbey of San Pietro

Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Ferentillo, Italy

Our recent walk on the Cammino di San Benedetto began at a picturesque church in Ferentillo, Umbria. The Romanesque church at Abbazia di San...


Trust me - Switzerland's honor system

Trust me—Switzerland’s honor system

Self-service flower gardens represent an aspect of living in Switzerland that still enchants me after twelve years. Ever since I moved here, I’ve been a...
Christmas tree, Munsterplatz, Basel

Christmas greetings 2012

The Christmas tree in Basel's Munsterplatz is a time-honored tradition. Here, as local Christmas markets close in preparation for Christmas Eve, the big tree's...
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