The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague

“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world.” -DavidContinue reading “The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague”

10 Things I’ve Learned from 2 Years in Prague

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou   Two years ago in the middle of a July thunderstorm, I boarded an airplane in NewContinue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned from 2 Years in Prague”

Bruges, Belgium and the Night at the Palace

Bruges, Belgium: Flemish name: Brugge a city in NW Belgium, capital of West Flanders province: centre of the medieval European wool and cloth trade. Connected to its seaport, Zeebrugges, by canal. “the Venice of the North”     Last weekend, my husband and I had the most amazing experience as part of our time inContinue reading “Bruges, Belgium and the Night at the Palace”

Holland and Belgium through My Lens: A Photojournal of Coastal and Countryside Beauty

There is scarcely any writer who has not celebrated the happiness of rural privacy, and delighted himself and his reader with the melody of birds, the whisper of groves, and the murmur of rivulets.  ~Samuel Johnson It is true: I love the countryside. My family came to America in the early 1900’s and settled inContinue reading “Holland and Belgium through My Lens: A Photojournal of Coastal and Countryside Beauty”

The Artistic Mystique in Prague’s Vltava Bridges

“Life is an art, and you are the artist.” -unknown Last week, I took this photo from Prague’s Mala Strana (Lesser Side), standing beside the Prague Castle complex near the ancient Golden Lane. Artists and writers (Franz Kafka) and dreamers are known to have lived and worked near this outlook. It is no wonder …Continue reading “The Artistic Mystique in Prague’s Vltava Bridges”

Prague’s Stunner: Prague Castle at Night

“The Thames was all gold. God it was beautiful, so fine that I began working a frenzy, following the sun and its reflections on the water.” -Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter fascinated by the effect of light and reflection In all honesty, I still have to pinch myself to make sure that it is realContinue reading “Prague’s Stunner: Prague Castle at Night”

Venice in February: a PhotoJournal

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. -Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice To not see Europe during our years in Prague would be like sitting at arm’s-length from aContinue reading “Venice in February: a PhotoJournal”

10 Things I’ve Learned From 18 Months in Prague

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  -Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, 1835 – 1910 In 2009, my husband and I, along with our three sons, packed up our things, sold our house and cars, and moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Prague, Czech Republic. The reason? My husband’s job. But as everyone who hasContinue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned From 18 Months in Prague”

The Art of Re-Framing

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller It’s January, and we’re back to the time of year of taking down the Christmas tree, wrapping up the sparkly lights, and scooting back into the groove of daily living. But this year, daily living looks a whole lot different for us, as I’m sure it doesContinue reading “The Art of Re-Framing”