We’ve talked about doing a road trip in France ever since our wedding in St Remy-de-Provence. Outside the big cities, there’s still so much of the French countryside to explore. And the biggest incentive of all? The annual Bordeaux wine festival at the end of June! So a road trip to the southwest of France …

Weekend in Paris

I’ve a confession. I wasn’t captivated with Paris when I visited it for the first time in the autumn of 2013. I couldn’t understand what the hype was all about; the city was grey and dirty and full of tourists. So when my husband suggested spending a weekend ahead of a conference he was attending, …

Skiing in Sölden

Our last ski trip for the season was to Sölden, the Tirol resort in Oetztal, or the Oetztal Valley.  Located about 45 mins east of St Anton if you’re coming from the west or slightly over an hour from Innsbruck Airport, Sölden offers 146km of piste from 1350 to 3340m above sea level. Here are …

Road trip to Engadin Valley

7 October 2015 — If you’ve not figured out by now, we do enjoy our road trips. Living here, one of my (many) goals is to check-off all the passes in Switzerland. Note-to-self: 24 passes and only 8 done!  The south east of Switzerland lies one of the prettiest long valleys called Engadin. Located in …

Camino de Santiago

By chance, our driving route this summer took us along the route of Camino de Santiago, or the Pilgram’s Way, in northern Spain.  Day 1: We started in Bilbao where we picked up our rental and headed west to Santillana del Mar. As one blogger notes, Santillana del Mar is a town of three lies: …

Wing tips 

We were on a day flight out from ZRH to SFO this morning. I’m one of those who’d normally have the shutters down the minute the flight takes off and won’t peak to see where we are flying over, until we land.  And maybe it was because we were seated towards the back of the …

Summer Fun in Le Cordon Bleu

July 2014 — What a summer! As an early birthday present, I was given a three-week summer essentials cooking course at Le Cordon Bleu in London. What I did not expect was how much fun it turned out to be! Not only did I learn the various techniques to French cooking, it was also the …

Lake Como in Panorama

And, Como! thou, a treasure whom the earth Keeps to herself, confined as in a depth Of Abyssinian privacy. ~ William Wordsworth May 2014 — And what a treasure you are! Our weekend getaway to the glacial lake in the Lombardy region in Italy that shows off a shoreline that mesmerizes everyone that visits. Our …

18th Century Paris in B&W

November 1, 2013 — What better way to explore beautiful Paris (especially since this was my first visit) than by foot. So when most of Europe had the day off for the All Saints Day holiday, we jumped on a train west bound to the city of love. I found this wonderful website (www.historywalksparis.com) that …

Day out in Colmar

13 July 2013 — About 2 hours away from Zug in the Alsace region in north-eastern France is a small town called Colmar. Famed for the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi – sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty – this quaint town paints houses right out of a French cartoon strip! Colmar was peppered …

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