Unforgettable Italy: Hiking, Polenta, Lake Como, and the Italian Alps

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir A few weeks ago, I had theContinue reading “Unforgettable Italy: Hiking, Polenta, Lake Como, and the Italian Alps”

The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

“Schilpario was one of the last villages to the north, which lay in the shadow of the Pizzo Camino, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, where the snow did not melt, even in summer. So high in the cliffs, the people looked down on the clouds, which moved through the valley below likeContinue reading “The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages”

Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick BuechnerContinue reading “Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs”

St Moritz and Engadin, Switzerland: Stunning Beauty, Incredible Skiing

Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.  -Author Unknown In Winter, there is no better way to spend the dark, bleak, cold days than to hop on a pair of skis and enjoy the snow. Growing up, I skied often at the Purgatory Mountain resort in Durango, Colorado, where my grandmother lived. ItContinue reading “St Moritz and Engadin, Switzerland: Stunning Beauty, Incredible Skiing”

Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden During the holidays, in the changing of the calendars from 2012 to 2013, and in the pristine time of Christmas which is celebrated soContinue reading “Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There”

Autumn Views from the Austrian Alps: a Photojournal

“The Hills are alive …” -The Sound of Music It’s no secret that I love to travel. My favorite places to venture to are always into mountains or to a beach, anywhere. Living in Prague has many advantages for its central location in Europe. My family and I have definitely taken roadtrips, and one ofContinue reading “Autumn Views from the Austrian Alps: a Photojournal”

Work and Living, En Plein Air

“The basis of human happiness is the possibility to be together with nature, to see it and to talk to it.” –Leo Tolstoy As I type these words, I sit outside on the patio tucked into the back corner of our house near Prague. Bees buzz lazily around the dainty blue catmint and fading lavenderContinue reading “Work and Living, En Plein Air”

Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet, 1803-1882 When I was a girl, I read all the time, and the first book I remember wanting to reread was Johanna Spyri’s HEIDI. If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Paradise Found: My Fourth of July in the Austrian Alps”

The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic

In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. -Albert Camus, French novelist, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature A few weeks ago, we spent time in the Alps skiing. And, on our way home to Prague, we plugged in our Garmin, set the destination to HOME, and started theContinue reading “The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic”

An Austrian Alpine Christmas

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. -R. Smith, lyrics to Winter Wonderland, 1934 This year, I am spending the Christmas week in the Austrian Alps with my family. We are skiing here, which is a perfect way toContinue reading “An Austrian Alpine Christmas”