Planning The Perfect Honeymoon

THE PERFECT HONEYMOON – MYTH OR REALITY? Your honeymoon . . . the stuff that dreams are made of . . .  and second only to your wedding day in terms of expectations.  The key to planning the perfect honeymoon?  TALK! TALK! TALK! TALK!…

Germany’s Most Elegant Christmas Market – Hamburg

I love a Christmas market. In fact, I have yet to meet a Christmas market that I didn’t like. I love the vibe, the decorations, the music. I love the bustle and the throngs of people all enjoying the season. And living abroad, I…

Day Drinking In Italy: The Italian White Russian.

OUR FIRST WINTER IN ITALY Our first winter living in Italy was brutal. Snow for months.  My husband and I were snowbound, watching the movie, The Big Lebowski and dreaming of White Russians to keep us warm. A White Russian is a lovely concoction…

a girl with many many suitcases

How To Travel Like Matt and Oprah

I was watching Oprah Winfrey interview Matt Damon and I heard them giggling about all the ways they avoid the hassles of travel. Oh, those bougie A-listers and their celebrity travel. Matt and Oprah spoke of mythical services where all they had to do…

The Sofiero Slott from across the lawn Lit up

All Saints’ Day – Lighting The Way to The Holidays

 WINTER CELEBRATIONS | ALL SAINTS’ DAY We Americans love Halloween. Besides the candy filled extravaganza, the fun of dressing up and parties, Halloween also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. In quick succession it goes, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa . . . In…

Wigilia – The Polish Christmas Celebration

WIGILIA | THE VIGIL Wigilia (pronounced: vee gee lee a) or “The Vigil” is the traditional Polish Catholic Christmas Eve celebration feast held on December 24th. The ceremony represents, and honors, waiting for the arrival of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. PREPARING THE FEAST |…

Marvelous Maastricht

The first adjective that comes to mind when I think of Maastricht is charming. Cobblestoned streets, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, large market squares, cafes and a riverfront all add to its appeal. STEEPED IN HISTORY One thing that the locals are quite proud of is that the EU…

The Glass Cabins of Baldersnäs Herrgård

The Glass Cabins of Sweden

Looking for a place to unwind, recharge, and commune with nature, but still want the comforts of a bed, a down comforter, and a gourmet meal? Look no further than The Glass Cabins at Baldersnäs Herrgård.  THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS Sweden is often rated…

Kanelbulle | Niche Travel Design

Kanelbullar – A Swedish Tradition

According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture and Statistics, Swedes eat a lot of cinnamon buns or kanelbullar as they are known here. Apparently, the average Swedish person eats the equivalent of 316 cinnamon buns per year. That is almost one cinnamon bun per person,…