Linger in the Languedoc Region for an Authentic South of France Experience

Slow down and spend a week soaking up southern France
COME FOR THE CULTURE, FOOD MARKETS, FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND COLD ROSÉ WINE

When most people think of the south of France, they conjure the French Riveria or the Côte d’Azur’s dazzling blue waters and strolling promenades in glitzy towns like Cannes and Saint Tropez. But move a little further west from Nice and Marseilles to explore the less touristed region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Stretching along the French coast from Montpelier all the way to the border of Spain. Here life exists like it is supposed to, not to the tune of tourists or catering to travelers. Come experience a lovely slow week in Languedoc. Continue reading “Linger in the Languedoc Region for an Authentic South of France Experience”

Slow down and spend a week soaking up southern France
COME FOR THE CULTURE, FOOD MARKETS, FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND COLD ROSÉ WINE

When most people think of the south of France, they conjure the French Riveria or the Côte d’Azur’s dazzling blue waters and strolling promenades in glitzy towns like Cannes and Saint Tropez. But move a little further west from Nice and Marseilles to explore the less touristed region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Stretching along the French coast from Montpelier all the way to the border of Spain. Here life exists like it is supposed to, not to the tune of tourists or catering to travelers. Come experience a lovely slow week in Languedoc. Continue reading “Linger in the Languedoc Region for an Authentic South of France Experience”

Copenhagen has the Best New Year's Eve in the World

Copenhagen has the Best New Year’s Eve in the World

Danes Blow the Old Year Away With a Bang

YOU’VE NEVER SEEN FIREWORKS LIKE THIS BEFORE

Godt Nytår! That’s Danish for Happy New Year! And dang it, Danes celebrate the turning of the calendar like nowhere I’ve ever been. And I’ve seen New Year’s Eve in a few places around the planet. (Sydney you were pretty good too.) But here, in Denmark, it’s difficult to describe. It’s different and delightful and downright LOUD. These normally rule-following, structured and peaceful peeps throw a no-holds-barred kind of colorful chaotic cacophony to welcome the brand new baby new year. Continue reading “Copenhagen has the Best New Year’s Eve in the World”

A Very Danish, Swedish & Norwegian Alternative Christmas Playlist

‘Tis the Season for New to you Holiday Tunes
SHARING A FEW SONGS FOR YOUR DECEMBER FROM DENMARK, SWEDEN & NORWAY

Pour yourself a glass of warm spiced gløgg, light your calendar candle and listen in. It’s December and it is decidedly Jul time in Scandinavia. Here in Denmark, the Danes adore Christmas. Good thing I do too. Part of my tradition at this time of year is to wade through a ton of Christmas tunes seeking and searching for a few new seasonal gems. It’s time for the 4th annual alternative Scandinavian Christmas playlist. Continue reading “A Very Danish, Swedish & Norwegian Alternative Christmas Playlist”

Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Scooping up Delicious Dungeness Crabs

TIPS AND TRICKS TO PULL YOUR LIMIT IN THE STATE OF OREGON

Three hours before high tide. We’ve checked the boat. It still starts. That’s key. We load it up with rings, pots and boxes. We’re going crabbing. On the Oregon Coast. Yes – you heard me. OREGON. Oregon Girl and crew are back around the world for a month visiting family and friends. In Oregon. It’s a little surreal. In the best way. Don’t worry Denmark, we’ll be back. But for now, we’re soaking up, tasting, seeing, hugging all those things and people that we missed. It’s good.

(Originally posted July 2016, updated December 2019)

SEEK OUT YACHATS ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST

Have you been crabbing? I have done this in Oregon as long as I can remember living here. Maine may have lobstahs, but here on the Pacific Northwest Coast, we hunt Dungeness Crab. Growing up in Eugene – a university town that sits mid-state off I-5 in western Oregon – we frequent the central Oregon coast between the little towns of Florence and Newport. And we’re more than lucky that my mom loves sharing her coast house. We spend most of our time in charming and quirky, but oh so cozy Yachats. (Don’t call it Yeah-chats. It’s YAH-hots. It’s a Native American thing. Siletz tribe to be exact. It translates loosely to “dark water at the foot of the mountain.” Speaking my language.)

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Château de Cheverny is the One Your Kids Will Love in the Loire Valley

Unique Activities and Exhibits Make This French Chateau a Kid-Friendly Classic
SEE THE HUNTING DOGS, TINTIN AND LABYRINTH MAZE

With so many fantastic French châteaus to choose from, how do you pick one that will please all your people? Traveling with teens in tow can prove a challenge, especially when historical sites and big fancy houses don’t always sit at the top of their list. But I’m here to tell you that the Chateau de Cheverny in the Loire Valley of France was a hit for our whole fam. Even our hard to please teens.

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