Touring around Rome ~ Italy

Rome is definitely on the Italian "MUST-SEE" list. So with a cheap flight and a long weekend we headed down this past February to see one of the world's most spectacular cities.


Visit North Italy – Piemonte

When people ask me where my favorite place to visit in Italy is, well, it’s like choosing between my children. You just can’t do it! You love them all.


Venice ~ Carnevale

Visiting Venice during Carnevale this year was such an experience. The festive atmosphere is one massive party after another.


48 hours in Athens

For those of you who know me well, know that I was in Athens for more than 48 hours so you're probably wondering, "Why 48 hours?" Well, I'll tell you why ~ this is a travel suggestion for you, how's that? My eagerness and excitement for our recent trip to Greece was just short of… Continue reading 48 hours in Athens

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My Favorite Faschings!

It's Fastnacht/Fasching/Fastnet season! Time for crazy costumes, great parades, yummy food and lots of fun ~ Wanna find out more? Join the Swabians in celebrating this ancient tradition now celebrated all over Europe!

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Interesting Eilat ~ Israel

This past November on a chilly “Black Friday” I had the opportunity to buy some very inexpensive tickets to Israel. I hopped on it, snapped up those tickets jiffy quick. I probably should have looked at my map first. But for under €30/ticket I thought, “why not?” So off to Israel we go in January… Continue reading Interesting Eilat ~ Israel

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Travel plans 2018!

Travel planning can be exciting and nerve wrecking... here are some helpful travel tips to get you on track for 2018!

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A weekend in West Sussex, England

An impromptu visit to England this fall helped me explore the eastern shore towns of West Sussex with my sweet friend, Frances. Here's a little blog on a few of our adventures ~

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Mosel Wine Cave Christmas Markets

It's NOT too LATE!! Christmas markets along the Mosel, still going on ~ full of light, romance, shopping and great eats! What's not to like?

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French Christmas markets in the Alsace

From Straßbourg to Prague to Krakow - you can find a Christmas market or Christkindlemarkt in about every town in Europe now. In the Alsace, they bring tradition, finesse and fun ~ here's why they are on my Christmas "must-do" list!

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A day trip to Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck was a day trip this time we went to Austria but there is much more to see and do ~ have to add it the list!


Mayrhofen, Austria and those COWS~

This country farm girl could not wrap her head around the attraction of a cow parade. Oh, I love 'em, I went to cow parades growing up, for sure. I was a 4-H girl, granddaughter of a dairy farmer, had a horse, 5 acres... but what was this attraction in Europe of a cow parade?… Continue reading Mayrhofen, Austria and those COWS~

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A day in Assisi ~ ITALY

Whether Assisi is your destination or a stop along an Italian tour it is an absolute MUST-SEE!

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Burgers in Review ~ around Stuttgart

I love me some schnitzel and pommes don't get me wrong, but sometimes your just cravin' a burger. Here's a little review fun I had with my friend Amy Clutter ~

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Visit Perugia, Italy ~

When I crave true Italy, I think of Perugia. This past fall, I visited Perugia again, making it my THIRD VISIT IN A YEAR! Yes, I love it!

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24 hours in Bucharest~Romania

One of my big TRAVEL TIPS is to sign up for all the smaller airline newsletters. This can save you a bundle on specials. Usually there are stipulations such as small luggage (think tiny or backpack), not great times for departure or return flights but uber-inexpensive travel - getting me from Point A to Point… Continue reading 24 hours in Bucharest~Romania


Kassel, Germany ~ City of art and fairytales

UNESCO describes Kassel as a city of fairytales and art, and I couldn't agree more. Walking the streets of Kassel you will see gorgeous architecture, wonderful art museums and learn all about the lives of the Brothers Grimm in this Hessen town.

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For the love of Beer and Belgium!

I was hoping for a romantic weekend for two to this wonderful little country on the coast. It turned into a beer-run but way cooler!

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Antwerp, Belgium for the Weekend!

The little country of Belgium has always been one of my favorites, The understated city of Antwerp is definitely a keeper.

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Hiking the Austrian Alps

Hiking the Alps! An absolutely incredible experience - a 5 day adventure itinerary that tested all of our limits ~

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5 really cool things to do in Berlin

With not so little kids anymore - traveling can have a few challenges, here's how I try to make everyone happy on a road-trip to Berlin! With 5 eclectic - off the charts - unpredictable fun for everyone!

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It’s all about the Eis-Eis, baby!

Ice cream, gelato, sorbet, bechers, waffles? Who knew going to the local ice cream store would be so complex, so delicious and absolutely unforgettable!

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Visiting Le Luberon, France

Le Luberon - in the Provence area of Côte d'Azur ~ absolutely stunning, lots to do and see but also an opportunity to wrap yourself in rest and relaxation. Here's our itinerary from last weekend's trip!

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Welcome to Germany

Willkommen auf Deutschland! I've written a blog I hope will calm some fears, remove some myths and excite you about all the wonders of Europe.

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What to do in Edinburgh ~ Scotland

Almost as soon as you arrive in Edinburgh you'll begin hearing bagpipes and seeing kilt's everywhere. These images and sounds immediately transport you to another time. This was my second visit to the incredible capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland and I am so excited to share my love for this town with you too. I… Continue reading What to do in Edinburgh ~ Scotland

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Inverness, Scotland ~ the Highlands

The landscape and natural beauty of the Highlands in Scotland took my breath away and left me yearning for more. Here are just a few highlights and sites to see ~

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Bellagio, Lake Como ~ don’t just stop!

Sometimes, when I visit a destination, it surprises me. This was the case with Bellagio, Lake Como. This stunningly, beautiful little town on Lake Como was everything I thought it would be and much, much more.

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The Best of Myrtle Beach ~ South Carolina

Over the years I have traveled up and down the America's east coast and arguably the Carolina coastline is some of the best. It's become a summer go-to place that is just a part of the fabric of my family.

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Berchtesgaden – beyond Garmisch

We stumbled upon Berchtesgaden over twenty years ago on a family vacation as we were heading to Garmisch.  Recently, I have had the pleasure of making Berchtesgaden a pit-stop on the way to Slovenia, twice!

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Istrian Peninsula ~ Slovenia

It looks a LOT like Venice but wait it's Slovenia - The mediterranean RIVIERA along the northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia is full of beaches, sun and fun!