Blogette #15: The Navigli Antiques Market

Europe is known for its markets. There are Christmas markets and weekly markets, food markets and antiques markets. While I do love a good Christmas market, antiques markets are my absolute favorite. We were blessed in England to have the Peterborough Antiques fair just down the road from us twice a year. So when we…

Faenza, the ceramics capital you probably didn’t know about.

If you were to see my house, you’d know that I am the opposite of a minimalist. I love color, and art and beautiful things. I especially find ceramics alluring and have been enjoying collecting them from Italy and Poland since we’ve lived in Europe. I was excited to be able to buy more ceramics…

Tim’s Pigrimage to Bellau Wood

As evening set upon the countryside of France in early June 1918, the U.S. Marine Corps Fourth Marine Brigade, charged into the woods near Bellau. The woods, a former hunting ground, were a stronghold of the German army. The French, to whom the Marines were attached, severely underestimated the hold which the Germans had on…

Ten Curious Cambridge Facts

Cambridge was founded in 1209 by students who were fleeing Oxford. Three students in Oxford were hanged for the death of a woman. At this time the ecclesiastical scholars would have taken precedence and pardoned the students but they were not consulted. Fearing more retaliation from townsfolk, Oxford was shut down and students fled to…

A delightful tasting menu hidden in a tiny Welsh Village

Hidden away in a little village on the Wales/England border is a posh little restaurant that could easily fit in in any large European city. This restaurant is called The Checkers. If you have been following us for a while then you know that Tim and I really enjoy food and find special pleasure in…

A goodbye to our house

Last week we officially moved out of our house. The move to Italy is starting to feel very real, though the move date is still a soft one as we await final paperwork. (I apologize for not officially announcing it here and only on instagram! Things have been crazy and I found the words difficult.)…

Touring the Krakow Jewish Quarter

Last month I finally got on a plane again! I completed my first international solo trip as I headed to Krakow, Poland. Though is it really a solo trip when you have amazing friends waiting for you at the other end? I have fallen in love with this beautiful city. And have made some lifelong…

Wandering through Westminster Abbey

I’m back! As I sit down to write I realize that it’s been a very long time since I posted. I apologize. We have been working on some huge things in the background and I can’t wait to share them but I need to wait a little longer before we make them public. So, instead,…

The Tower of London Ceremony of the Keys

It finally happened! After nearly two very long years of not seeing my parents, they made it to England! We spent a wonderful ten days exploring London, Cambridge and generally just enjoying being together again. And of course, we made a huge Thanksgiving feast and gave thanks that we were together again, at last. One…

Learning to Relax at Negroponte

I am a traveller, an explorer and a foodie. A lover of history, architecture and culture. When I travel somewhere new I want to soak it all in. Eat all the best food, see the most amazing sights and climb the tallest of towers. We don’t rush on vacation, but we also don’t laze around…