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”

The Alps: A Photojournal

Captain von Trapp: It’s the dress. You’ll have to put on another one before you meet the children. Maria: But I don’t have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor. Captain von Trapp: What about this one? Maria: The poor didn’t want this one.  ~ The SoundContinue reading “The 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”

Vienna, U2, and OneRepublic

“We’re waking up … And right on time.” -OneRepublic, Waking Up On Monday, the King five drove the windy Czech roads and ventured down in Austria. This wasn’t just any trip. Our destination was Vienna, the legendary city of music of the ranks of Mozart, to a concert we bought tickets for almost exactly oneContinue reading “Vienna, U2, and OneRepublic”

Destination Alps: A Summer Roadtrip

Posted on August 3, 2010 It is not down in any map; true places never are. ~Herman Melville This past weekend, we ventured on a summer roadtrip– which we loved– to the Alps. The photos say so much more than any words I could form, so this week, I’m posting my favorite photos from ourContinue reading “Destination Alps: A Summer Roadtrip”

The Alps and the Impossible

Posted on June 29, 2010 Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir Saturday, we hopped in the car and set off for Austria, for a day of hiking the Alps. To feel the colors, breatheContinue reading “The Alps and the Impossible”

The Austrian Alps, Up Close and in Living Color

I have to admit, I’m still pinching myself. I guess I’m trying to ensure that this is real—this living in Prague, and traveling Europe with the whole family. I find it amazing to be able to hop in the car, drive through a few countries, and a handful of hours later be standing in theContinue reading “The Austrian Alps, Up Close and in Living Color”