A dreamy destination in Pontresina: Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Nestled among Swiss mountain peaks, in Engadin valley, lies a paradise getaway, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. The area boasts a number of luxury resorts but the impressive architecture of the Kronenhof in Pontresina will leave you feeling like you are in a fairy-tale. Magnificent views, gourmet dining and luxurious accommodations all contribute to your magical vacation.

We have visited the Engadin area during the summer, so of course the draw of winter sports had us wanting to return. Just a few kilometers drive (or train ride) from St. Moritz you arrive in the beautiful village of Pontresina. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is the only 5-star hotel in town and delivers a true 5-star experience, sweeping you into a wonderful world of fun and relaxation.

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Adventures in Akihabara

 

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If you find yourself visiting Tokyo, you must not miss out on a visit to Akihabara. When we travel we like to find a local who can give us a guide around town. We used Akibaland Tours and were rather impressed. We signed up for the day tour around Akihabara. We met with our tour guide that morning and it was just our family. . The tour guide was very knowledgeable and I must say it was quite interesting.

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This was one of the kids favorite days in Tokyo, so many things to do and see. We finished our tour with a lunch at a Maid Cafe.  Now, if you have never experienced this I would put it on the list. We found it so fascinating. Because we had booked with the tour we were able to get immediate reservations. Some of the cafes are booked out for months.

Inside the cafe we were waited on by beautiful girls dressed in maid outfits. The kids were adored by the staff. Our tour guide communicated for us as we do not speak Japanese. With our meal we also got to take pictures with the maids. Now for the weird part, they brought a book with all the ladies, we had to search through and point to who we wanted the photo with. hmmmm. Our daughter picked the top one and we had to pay a premium for the photo. We all had a good laugh.  I forgot to mention we had to sing to our food before eating it. Oh Tokyo, we love you. What an day to remember. I would highly recommend a tour around Akihabara.

 

Città Sant’Angelo

Città Sant’Angelo is a quaint little hill Italian town in the Abruzzo region of Italy
 Daddy is a sucker for his little girl. She can’t seem to get a shoulder ride out of her mommy but a small “bitte” from his little girl, and he has a new passenger.
 Città Sant’Angelo is a small town but has a lot of charm. Many of the restaurants opened onto the town square making it a perfect place to enjoy great food and people watch.
 Our kids are magnets to all things gelato. They have special gelateria radar built in.   I might add, they are amazing little travelers, so we like to reward them (and ourselves) with gelato 🙂
 An extra big scoop
 He appears to be not excited about his gelato. But trust me, it was well received.  And is there something about being a teenager(almost) and not wanting to smile on demand?
 Just checking to see if there is anymore ice cream in there.
 An ice cream face I could kiss all day.
 Walking the streets of Città Sant’Angelo.  And it seemed, once again, we were the only tourists here. The kids were a hit, almost as much as the dog.
 The Saint of Città Sant’Angelo?
 Taking a break on the steps of a church
And what to they see??
 A view below.  It was a little hazy but to the left is the Adriatic.
Why must they grow up so fast?

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Wow, somehow time has escaped me. Don’t ask me where, I wouldn’t be able to say. But now it’s   time for low-quality-blog-catch-up.  Mainly for the sake of my family, it may only prove to be entertaining to the grandparents. So all others be warned or stop reading now.

Back in December before the cold insanely freezing weather hit, we made our way up to Freiburg Germany for a Christmas market.  Christmastime is magical in Europe. I love the markets.  They all seem to sell the same junk but sometimes great finds are found. (pictured above- don’t you want a family set?)

Now onto the food.  Not pictured was the 1 foot sausages downed by the boys. For dessert he settled for a chocolate covered apple.

He was a little more adventurous eating a dough fried surprise.  Nothing a little sugar and applesauce can’t make delicious.

Hmm, I think we will have to order another one of those dough surprises, yum!  And now for a few random shots.  This is where the low-quality blogging comes in. I could narrate them all but not today…..

 

 

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Verona & Lake Garda

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“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

 

Enjoying dark, creamy, Italian coco.
This little girl is so in love with her big brothers

 

The boys absolutely loved having their Aunt here. She was so great at showering then with attention.
The little Navigator – And where should we go next?
Playing following the leader…..
Ahhh, gotcha!
Lake Garda

 

This one is for you mom and dad. You would be proud to know I have a little girl just like me 🙂 When you call her name, she turns and runs…..

 

Just another castle on a Lake
The wisteria behind us was gorgeous. Wish I had a vine like that growing up my house.

 

So many flavors. Gelato is a daily snack, 1,2……..5 times…..yummy!

I have beautiful sisters.