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Corsica a mountain in the sea

Corsica a mountain in the sea

I knew nothing of Corsica before I spent two weeks  in June camping and driving around the small island in the mediterranean sea. All I saw impressed me greatly. The island appears to be one big green mountain, and in fact two-thirds of the island is mountains forming a single chain. I enjoyed driving along […]

Siena – a lovely medieval city rooted in tradition

Siena – a lovely medieval city rooted in tradition

A visit to Tuscany is not complete without exploring the lovely medieval city of Siena. Located only 1.5 hour drive from Florence, it makes for any easy day trip, but I recommend a more leisurely drive through the Chianti region stopping at vineyards and small towns along the way. The city was built upon three […]

Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany

Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany

From Florence you can reach Siena by car in 1.25 hours on the freeway. Or you can do what we did and leisurely drive through the Tuscan countryside, stopping to explore the small villages and to taste wine at the many vineyards scattered throughout the Chianti hills. The Chianti region is well known for producing […]

Piazza del Campo & the Palio – Siena, Italy

Piazza del Campo & the Palio – Siena, Italy

Photo of the week: Panorama view of the Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Comunale in the center of Siena, Italy. Twice a year (July 2 and August 16) the horse race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza. Historical records indicate the famous horse race has been taking place in […]

Florence – you take my breath away

Florence – you take my breath away

Firenze …  the birthplace of the Renaissance. A city so beautiful and magnificent you leave speechless and in awe. Because pictures are worth 1000 words and Florence is a city of art, I feel it is best described through photographs. The old Ponte Vecchio Bridge … born in the 13th century and the only bridge to survive […]

Rapperswil, Switzerland – the city of roses

Rapperswil, Switzerland – the city of roses

Photo of the week: Rapperswil, Switzerland, aka Tom’s hometown. I always love going back to visit and I miss living in this beautiful little town on the lake which was my home away from home for three months in 2012. Rapperswil is called the city of roses because more than 16,000 roses that bloom in […]

Peaceful in Switzerland

Peaceful in Switzerland

I am back in Switzerland and I am back to feeling at peace. This photo was taken during a relaxing evening walk around the Katzensee, a lake near my new home in Zurich. Life is good here and I am blessed!

Best of 2013 – By the Seat of My Skirt

Best of 2013 – By the Seat of My Skirt

This post is late, but I enjoyed reliving 2013 putting together the “Best Of” list!   BEST ADVENTURE: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro   BEST CHALLENGE/ACHIEVEMENT: Summiting Kilimanjaro – 19,340 feet!   BEST HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Stäfa, Switzerland   COOLEST CREATURE: The Lemur   BEST FIRST IMPRESSION: Naxos, Greece   BEST DAY HIKE: There is a great hiking trail Glarus, Switzerland that […]

Athens, Greece in photos

Athens, Greece in photos

As a history lover, I have long wanted to visit Athens, Greece … one of the world’s oldest cities many claim to be the birthplace of Western civilization and democracy. I found the city completely enchanting, the juxtaposition of a modern Athens busting and built around ancient ruins was super cool and unique. The underground […]

Naxos … I will be back!

Naxos … I will be back!

“There are doers and there are talkers. You guys are doers. You came, you did, and it was a great time … thanks so much for visiting mates! CHEERS!” said Dave as he raised his glass of Oyzo. With the clink of glass I understood what he meant. Talkers annoy me. Stop talking about it […]

My first impression of Naxos, Greece

My first impression of Naxos, Greece

Photo of the week: Naxos, Greece as seen upon my arrival via ferry from Athens. Gorgeous island!

Living in Stäfa, Switzerland

Living in Stäfa, Switzerland

When Tom decided to move to Stäfa, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  I had absolutely loved living with him in Rapperswil the year prior, which had felt like my home away from home. I had looked forward to returning and once again wandering through the cobblestone streets of old town and watching the sunset […]

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