PHOTO MOMENT: Bright new day

Ever been a run where you are so in the groove that you feel like you can run forever? That was me on this path along Lake Geneva. I would take it from Saint Sulpice and run until it ended about 10 miles later somewhere past Lausanne but before Vevey —  and then make my…

PHOTO MOMENT: Exploring new paths

The best part of running a new trail is exploring.  You have the slight adrenaline rush of being lost somewhere new, but at the same time, your mind and body is alert and ready to learn about someplace new. I realized today that life is also like that. If you run the route every day,…

PHOTO MOMENT: The runner’s nod

Like many long distance runners I have my quirks: Anything less than 10km isn’t worth me getting out of bed. I have favorite running socks that I only wear running. I like run alone (conversations ruin the zen). And like most runners, if I see you on the trail, I’ll smile big and do the…

PHOTO MOMENT: Spring trails

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you take seasons for granted.  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter…each year they are there to add some variety to your wardrobe and your day. As a runner, I’ve learned that seasons also help add variety to your run as your scenery changes from bare branches to buds to…

Running the streets of Rome

When visiting Rome for your first time, what you’ll notice is how crowded and full of tourists the city is. They are everywhere – and most likely are in all of your photos. But tourists do sleep as I learned when I booked a Rome running tour through LivItaly. My guide (who was an American…

What would Romans do?

This past spring, one of my best girlfriends decided to try going solo. The plan was that she would do Paris on her own and then would meet me for a weekend in Rome so we could swap stories and catch up. The thing is that after spending a week running around Paris, you kind…

Royal Day Out

  On a recent 10-hour layover in London, I decided to skip the shopping or quickie tour and do something completely different. I signed up for a Royal Day Out. I found Lauren and Max on AirBnB Experiences. Their experience said, “Come spend a day with us by dressing up in 18th Century costumes and…

Learning to make pasta in Tuscany

I’ve been getting a lot of requests on how to make pasta after I had the afternoon lesson in Tuscany. I’m going to share the recipe below, but if you can visit Tuscany and learn from a Nona (grandma) like I did, please do. It was a great experience. After cycling the morning through the…

Wine Tasting in Costa Brava

When in Girona, you need to take some time to taste the wine. The vineyards are located less than hour outside the city and Spain produces some of the best wine in Europe. The vineyard I visited was called Terra Romota, which means remote land – and it really is remote. Unless you knew it…

Greece: Cycling the Islands of Kalymnos and Nisiros

Cycling the islands of Greece is incredible. Each island is unique and because they are all tiny, you can generally do one a day – at least that’s what I did on my Duvine tour. Kalymnos we started in the port and then cycled up and over the island covering 25.2 miles and climbing 2,729…

Greece: Bike, sail, eat and repeat – Cycling Kos

  We gathered at the luggage collection area of the Kos airport. All of us looking a bit apprehensive, but that changed quickly as the nine of us got to know each other throughout the week. It’s one of the best things of the being on a Duvine Cycling Tour. The people. This tour was…

Running Costa Brava

As you know, I love to run. I also love Ragnar Relays, which are 200 mile running relays where you run with a team from one city to another. There’s something very fun about running and actually getting somewhere rather than running in a big circle like most marathons (although, I do still run marathons…

PHOTO MOMENT: Photo-bombing a Paris wedding

Exploring Paris on a cloudy spring morning and came across this couple taking wedding photos outside the Notre Dame. Their photos are going to be stunning. Naturally I couldn’t resist being a part of it.  

Schwing Festival – it’s a Swiss thing

For weeks my co-worker has been talking about Schwingfest (This was in 2016. I’m late with this blog post).  He had got tickets to this sold out event and had just ordered his button down blue shirt with little edelweiss flowers on it. “These are a Swiss thing,” he told me. “And everyone will be…

Strolling through Vevey

With so many cool places to visit, you often forget about the amazing things in your own backyard. I too am guilty to this. Since moving to Switzerland, I’ve done trips to France, Italy, Prague and other places, but I haven’t really explored here. With the My Switzerland App, I learned that you walk from…

Visiting the other Bellagio

This weekend it was time to visit the other Bellagio.  You know…the one that’s not in Las Vegas; but the one that’s in Italy on Lake Como. Instead of taking the train, I decided that I would drive this time.  Let me say that there are pros and cons to driving.  The pros include being…

The Matterhorn really is impressive

One of the great things of living in Switzerland is that you don’t have to go far to see the Alps.  I can actually see them from my balcony at home. However, you do have to get on a train or rent a car is you want to see the really cool mountains close up.  This…

De-stressing amongst the Lavender Fields in Provence

    One of my favorite books is “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle. I read it in my early 20s and at the time, decided I would move to Provence at the age 35 and open up a little bistro from my home that overlooked my imaginary vineyard. As a back up plan,…

Stockholm Marathon: Known as that time I didn’t train

Waiting for the Stockholm airport bus to take me to the city. As you know, I run many half marathons and am addicted to Ragnar Relays.  But I’ve only done one full marathon and that was in January this year while in Dubai (See blog post on Dubai Marathon). Outside Karolinska Institutet’s new lecture hall complex…

The Gaudi Weekend in Barcelona

Le Pedrera I’ve been to Barcelona a few times and each time I go, I try to see a different area – or a different aspect of what the city has to offer. I’ve already exhausted the Rambles and Gothic Quarter. And I’ve done the whole shopping thing. What I hadn’t done yet was see…

The beauty of Prague

Main square in Prague Prague is everything people say it is and more. When I visited it, I didn’t expect it to be so modern and trendy. In the James Bond film, “Casino Royale,” the shots with their red carpets and old hotels, made the city feel like it was stuck in time in the…

Running in Prague

John Lennon’s Wall in Prague Last year I got really lost in Madrid while on a run. I mean really lost. The first 90 minutes were great. I was running through the streets in the early morning and thinking it was a beautiful city. The only people I saw were drunk people walking home from…

Tea by the Irish Sea

Ireland with all its ruggedness always calls to me. It’s cold, rainy, windy and the sea is always angry when I visit. But they do make the best scones and there is nothing like a hot pot of tea to take the chill off. This March I had the chance to see Ireland through the…

Christmas Fondue – It’s a Swiss thing

Each country has its own traditions, but I do like the whole “let’s gather” for fondue tradition that they do in Switzerland. The best part is the “cheese crust” at the end. But there’s a knack to getting it out. Fondue is one of those totally delicious meals that you can’t have by yourself.  It…

Hunting for Truffles in Tuscany

These are not truffles, but this was the woods where we found them. Google is a wonderful thing.  Or maybe it’s a dangerous thing for my pocketbook…as it lets me act on a whim. The whole reason I needed to go to Tuscany in November (in addition of being in desperate need of hermit weekend)…

The weekend I ate too much in Tuscany

The view from the house. I’ve had great experiences with AirBnB in last two years.  I’ve stayed on houseboat in Cairo (see blog post), a fantastic house overlooking the desert in Arizona (see it here) and numerous little apartments in Paris. Coming up the walkway to the Tuscan Farmhouse This weekend was another AirBnB adventure…

Volunteering at a vineyard for a day

My fellow volunteers snipping the vines. I’ve always wanted to own a little hobby vineyard where I make my own wine and maybe have a little wine cafe that’s open only on the weekends.  Yes, I’m a bit of dreamer, but you never know…perhaps one day. In the meantime, I’m gathering information about winemaking and…

Weekend in Paris

Notre Dame in Paris While I may be living in Europe, I am still very much a tourist in that everything is new to me — and I take a lot of photos of things people who have been living there all their lives take for granted. But I’m adjusting…slowly. And one of the things…