Biking, United States / 03.08.2017

Martin surprised me with a six-day cycling trip to Hawaii’s Big Island for my 60th birthday. What a great way to start a new decade – riding a bicycle in paradise! Founded in 1979, Backroads claims to be “The world’s #1 active travel company” and offers worldwide trips with biking, walking, hiking, camping, cruising and combinations of multiple sports....

United States, Where to stay / 12.07.2017

While we were raising our kids, we took several wonderful trips to different areas of California. Martin and I have also visited on our own. Our son and daughter-in-law moved to San Francisco a few years ago, so now we venture there to visit our kids and enjoy their big new state! Often times, while the kids work during the week, we rent a car and head out of town to explore. Wine country was calling to us, and off we went to beautiful Sonoma....

City walks, Europe / 26.05.2017

Lucerne, Switzerland will always be one of my favorite European cities. Its core of well-preserved medieval history exists in harmony with modern architecture, business and the arts. Its location on Lake Lucerne with snow-capped mountains surrounding the town is truly picture perfect. We were surprised to discover how many photos we took during our three days. Around every corner we discovered another idyllic photo opp. If you’re going to travel Europe, Lucerne is a must-see....

Hiking, United States / 10.05.2017

We’re fortunate to live just a couple hours drive from the Great Smoky Mountains, site of the most-visited national park in America. Its more than 11 visitors in 2016 more than double the second most visited park – the Grand Canyon with 5.9 million visitors. The park’s higher elevations get 85 inches of rain yearly – most anywhere in the continental United States except the Pacific Northwest. The moisture, temperature and varied altitude create an amazing collection of plants and animals....