Visiting the Old Country of Friesland, What We Learned

Grazing Helps Maintain the the Earth Atop the Dike

Our ancestry tour of the "old country," Friesland, is a picture of humble beginnings that belies the perseverance and ingenuity of the Frisians in the...


Best French City of Lyon, An Elegant Paris Alternative

Largest Mural in Europe in Croix-Rousse

Lyon is not a top of mind city in France. It has the elegance of Paris, but without the attitude. This city of the Lyonnais gourmand can rack up Miche...


Five Things to Know How the Small Grand Duchy Became Rich Luxembourg

Historical Landmark circa 900s

This Grand Duchy is the #28 smallest country in the world by total area. Luxembourg is a small country squeezed between Germany, France and Belgi...


Eight Must Do's in Visiting Strasbourg and Alsace Wine Country

Strasbourg Cathedral

​We hoped our attempt at visiting Strasbourg and the Alsace Wine Country would be successful. We had booked a trip last December to see the Christmas ...


Visit Brittany, Unique Celtic France on its Northwest Coast

Sainte-Anne Square

​On the northwest coast of France is Brittany or Bretagne in French. This part of France is Celtic, and the Celtic French are unique and have a distin...


Five Things to Know About Nice to Monaco Weekend

Nice on the Cote d'Azur

There's something about a beach vacation that gets you excited. We were on our way to the French Riviera for our Nice to Monaco weekend so, this was n...