Swiss Mountains, Switzerland, Traveling

Hiking in Zermatt – 5 Lakes Trail

It is easy to see why one of the most famous hikes in Zermatt, Switzerland is the 5 Lakes trail. The views of the Matterhorn from the lakes are simply amazing. A few of the lakes you can get a clear reflection of the Matterhorn. The 5 lakes trail follows a path by five lakes… Continue reading Hiking in Zermatt – 5 Lakes Trail

Swiss Life, Swiss Mountains, Switzerland, Traveling

CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort in Zermatt

This past week I had the opportunity to have a girls' get-away to Zermatt and really enjoyed our stay at CERVO Moutain Boutique Hotel. Posh, yet charming, this hotel combines luxury and comfort. The Matterhorn is Switzerland’s most iconic mountain and the backdrop to the hotel. Cervo offers chalets with a variety of rooms: from… Continue reading CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort in Zermatt


Wengen, Switzerland

Have you ever been somewhere where you feel like you could be in a fairy-tale? Well, Switzerland can definitely do this to you. Imagine a valley, where every direction you look there are waterfalls cascading off the sides of mountains, cows grazing, and Swiss Cottages dotting the rolling hills. Really, it is straight out of… Continue reading Wengen, Switzerland

Mountains, Swiss Life, Swiss Mountains, Switzerland, Traveling

Quick 3-day Itinerary for Switzerland (Swiss Alps)

Many people reach out to me looking for advice on visiting Switzerland, in-particular the Swiss Alps. I have created an easy itinerary of what I would recommend on your first visit to Switzerland. If you have more time, of course, I would recommend visiting so much more of Switzerland. But if it is just the… Continue reading Quick 3-day Itinerary for Switzerland (Swiss Alps)

Hungary, Traveling

48-hours in Budapest

One advantage to living in Europe is being able to enjoy affordable  weekend getaways to other countries.  Budapest was on our list of places we wanted to visit, so when flights popped up for $45 RT, it was a no brainer.  (If you haven't read our tips on finding cheap flights throughout Europe,  check it… Continue reading 48-hours in Budapest

Italian Mountains, Mountains

Cervino – The Italian-side of the Matterhorn

When most people think of the Matterhorn they think of Switzerland, but the Matterhorn shares a border with both Switzerland and Italy.  It is located between the Canton of Valais in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. The famous peak may look a little different from the back-side but  the views will still leave… Continue reading Cervino – The Italian-side of the Matterhorn


Santa Caterina del Sasso

Perched on a rocky ledge above Lago Maggiore , is the beautiful Monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso. The Monastery is only a short distance from Milan, Italy (1.5 hr) and Lugano, Switzerland (1 hr). It is the perfect little place to visit if you are in the area. During the winter months the Monastery… Continue reading Santa Caterina del Sasso

Mountains, Swiss Mountains

5 must-do hikes in Ticino, Switzerland

1. Monte Generoso Mount Generoso offers breathtaking views of both Switzerland and Italy. There are many different hikes leading  to the top, most of which you can find here.  We have taken the shorter (4 hour) hike from the Bella Vista parking lot.  You can take the train from Riva San Vitale, hike from Mendriso,… Continue reading 5 must-do hikes in Ticino, Switzerland

Useful Tips

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…

Christmas, Swiss Life, Switzerland, Traveling

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