• Oosterik Garden Center  – Denekamp (coming )


Romantic Road

  • Oldenburg – Flower show 2011 and City Center
  • Bremen most charming Christmas market and Schnoor 
  • A visit to Bremerhaven and again.
  • We have been a couple times to Hamburg. Our stay at the Hotel Kempinski was memorable as well as our first visit just wandering around. Not to forget the Occupy Hamburg movement, where I stopped and chatted with Mike.
  • Octoberfest – after two visits to this amazing festival I should have something to say about it but I am still speechless. I will try and put something together, I think the biggest problem is the quality of the pictures. Liters of beer do not make your camera more stable.
  • We had a stopover in Sasbachwalden on our way back from Tuscany.


SAVE ITALY – 10 steps to save Italy from economic failure. You don’t need an MBA to figure this stuff out, I have the solution!


  • One of the many alternatives for Agriturismo is the Fattoria La Torre, which we have been to twice. Their restaurant is really nice too.
  • The little city of Montecarlo, was just up the hill from our hotel about 20 minutes outside of Lucca. I fell in love with the doors, Hubby fell in love with the Pizzeria and we both loved the Trattoria in 2011 and again in 2012 .
  • Lucca has a great bar Enoteca and just outside of Lucca is a great little hotel with cooking classes and surprise, surprise Doors.
  • Viareggio – After this incredible lunch,  I fell in love with Doors on our last trip here are some of the doors of Viareggio.
  • Who could forget about Florence? It is technically in Tuscany but feels fancier we had a nice stay at the Hotel Cavour, an amazing dinner at iO Personale, sightseeing at the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Who could forget the great window shopping in 2011 and 2012 (coming soon) and the GELATO!
  • Prato had a flea market when we were passing through so I hopped out of our moving car to check it out.


Lake Garda Staying at the Hotel Palma was like a flash forward to retirement but dinner at the Trattoria al Graspo almost made it worthwhile.  More fun in Garda? Check out Easter 2001.

  • We have passed through Lake Como several times on our way south but only once did we show up on the same day as the flea market. If you are in the area you might want to check out the outlet.

Veneto – (coming )

  • Venice


5 reasons to visit Cinque Terre


  • Rome ahh Rome! What a wonderful messy city! We slept in the business district and by the Spanish Steps, we ate at a Trattoria , we were checking out the sights, window shopping for fall 2012 both leisure and work clothes, I found a great Expat grocery store, what else…thinking, thinking…
  • Civitavecchia
  • Terracina

Campania (coming )

  • Sorrento
  • Capri
  • Vico Equense
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
  • Positano



  • This is area you could get lost in. We haven’t spent enough time here but our trip to Strasbourg put it high on my list for future trips. I loved the flea market, doors and went nuts taking pictures in Part I and Part II.



  • Cap Agde
  • Carcassone

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

We have spent many a vacation plodding around Provence and had a few trips during our stay in Germany: Foire International Flea Market, Weekend in the Luberon.

Burgandy – (coming )





Western Norway

  • Quick trip to Haugesund
  • Seljestad is about 600 meters over the sea not quite a mountain but too steep to be a hill. There are several thousands of cabins in this area and people come from all over the west coast to hike and ski in this area. Easter in Seljestad for skiing and Fall for hiking!
  • Eidfjørd
  • Vågslid


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