Renaissance Meets Quirky at Schloss Ambras

One Saturday this winter, it was so cold to do anything outdoorsy… so we hopped in the car to visit a castle not far from where we live. Schloss Ambras is a Renaissance castle/palace located in the hills above Innsbruck. It was built in the 16th Century on top of the spot of a once…

Escaping the Crowds in Santorini

  This was our first year traveling to a new destination.  We have spent the previous years not venturing out too far from home because the kids were still a bit small and we had a lovely double stroller to lug around. (Tried Venice once with a double stroller – what a back breaker!) But…

Moving from Dark to Light

Last November, my world experienced a paradigm shift.  I felt quite bummed about the state of the world, and as a result, gained a few (too many) pounds and obsessively gathered books and other reading materials, (new and classic, right and left, pro and con, fact vs fiction)…   I wanted to fill my newly…

Last Call before the Frost

Last weekend was a glorious, four-day weekend. The sun was out and the skies were crystal clear. Perfect time for a road trip! We decided to head up to the Timmelsjoch pass between the borders of Austria and Italy. This pass is the connection between the Ötztal valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol to…

Easy Peasy Pulled Pork

Credit: Link As a modern gal with roots in both Georgia and New York, you could say, I’ve been spoiled with great food surrounding me at all times.  Southern and soulful foods around every corner in Atlanta… New York City’s food scene was a foodie’s delight – delivered at any hour, if one is hungry…

Paula’s Granola

When we lived in the West Village a few years ago, our apartment was on the ninth floor of a great building.  We were just steps from Washington Square Park, and, quite literally, steps from the coolest neighbors ever.  There were only five apartments on that floor… and, rarely anyone locked their doors while they…

Nuremberg Toy Museum

This past weekend, we drove to Nuremberg, Germany, to visit a friend who was in town for business.  We immediately hit the center of town for the Altstadtfest – a market showcasing foods, crafts, sweets, and entertainment.  Afterwards, we wandered around town… peeked into a few churches and shops… hiked up to the Nuremberg Castle……

Quilt #7 Rainbow Bright (Ella’s 5th Birthday)

A few months back, we came upon a sunset rainbow over Lago di Garda… and, boy, what a sight it was!  Ever since moving to this part of the world, the rainbows have been frequent and just tremendous.  Back home in the States, I only remember seeing rainbow arcs… rarely these continuous half circles or…

Porcini Hunters

Sunset over the Alps   A few weekends ago, the temperatures were projected to climb to the 90’s… and rather than sit around in the stifling heat, we climbed up to the mountains instead.  It was a great weekend to get away with some friends… and, we also had another motive for running for the…

Summer Fun in Lago di Garda

It had been one hell of a year so far… life seemed constantly a-knockin’… and Summer hadn’t answered our calls… so, when it was time to pack up and head down to Italy for some sun and relaxation, nothing could stop us… not even the other thousands of Europeans hitting the Autobahn! Our destination?  Lago…

Piburgersee

This past weekend was a four-day weekend… and it was glorious!  After all the weeks of cloud, rain, or snow (!), this long weekend of sun and fun was very welcome change.  We went for long walks in the nearby Ötztal Valley… One such trek was around the Piburgersee.  Once a valley that ran parallel…

Vienna’s Aquarium (Haus des Meeres)

On a recent trip to Vienna, we made it to the city’s aquarium – Haus des Meeres.  The above picture is a view from the top. Now imagine this same view but in 360 degrees.  Vienna goes on forever in all directions.  It is a beautiful, European city… packed tight with alleys and corridors… lined…