5 things I wished we knew before moving to a foreign country…

  It is hard to believe we have been living abroad for 11 years. Our kids are bilingual, one trilingual, and our life as an American family has been forever changed. Sometimes it is hard to explain what to expect living life abroad. When reflecting back on our move abroad, there are some things I wish … Continue reading 5 things I wished we knew before moving to a foreign country…

Winter wonderland in Lugano

Lugano may not have snowcapped trees but it definitely has its share of a winter wonderland. It is hard not to to embrace the Christmas spirt in this quaint city. The Christmas market begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the main square of Piazza Reforma and continues throughout the New Year. (2018 … Continue reading Winter wonderland in Lugano

Top 3 beaches along the Tuscan coast

  Most people do not think of the beach when they think of Tuscany.  The thought of rolling green hills, vineyards, and quaint villages come to mind.  If you have yet to discover the beaches in Tuscany,  I would highly recommend a getaway to Tuscany.   The beaches along the Tuscan coast spread for miles … Continue reading Top 3 beaches along the Tuscan coast

Surfing in Portugal

During the summer we visited Portugal and enjoyed a week-long surf camp and this year we thought we'd try our luck at spring surfing.  Portugal is known for its waves and has even been referred to as the European Pipeline. We are not seasoned surfers, just vacation surfers, so of course we knew we would … Continue reading Surfing in Portugal

Skiing in the French Alps

In a small valley, nestled between the French Alps, lies the little town of Valliore. We booked our family New Year's holiday here. Soon after we had booked our stay, we read it was "The best kept secret..." And sure enough, we may have to agree.   This resort town is located in the Rhône-Alpes region in … Continue reading Skiing in the French Alps

Swiss Traditions

We've had the opportunity to experience a great Swiss tradition in both the German and Italian part of the country.  Every February the Swiss, and a majority of Western European countries, celebrate Carnival. The celebrations usually take place in February or March, before the start of Lent. It's a time of year when the Swiss … Continue reading Swiss Traditions