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Stein am Rhein, Switzerland – The Painted Village!

Stein am Rhein, Switzerland – The Painted Village!

We crossed the border into Switzerland for the first time, and immediately noticed a huge increase in costs. Everything comes at least double the price—literally. While so much of Europe has switched to the Euro, Switzerland has refused to give up his high-value currency—and I don’t blame them. If you want to see a comparison of US costs vs the Swiss Franc exchange rate, check out this website. We were...

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Visiting Kaysersberg and Colmar, France

Visiting Kaysersberg and Colmar, France

Jared kept us going through the Alsace Region of France…this time to Kayserberg and then Colmar. I don’t remember anything specific about Kayserberg…so I’m assuming these were all drive-by photos I’m assuming this is where my photos switch from Kayserberg to Colmar…but how is one to be absolutely certain more than 2 1/2 years later when trying to catch up on blogging? In Colmar I would have...

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The Old Medieval Town of Riquewihr, France

The Old Medieval Town of Riquewihr, France

Next up in Alsace, France, we drove to Riquewihr—which is noted as one of the most beautiful villages in France (we agree). It’s 7 miles away from the popular city of Colmar, and supposedly looks, more or less, like it did back in the 16th century. Riquewihr was one of the few towns in the area not badly damaged during WWII-so it’s a beautiful place to experience some preserved history. The town is...

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What is up with Storks and France?

What is up with Storks and France?

One thing that’s hard to miss when you visit the Alsace (Northeast) Region of France is their obsession with STORKS! Yes, I said STORKS! We started spotting them in Ribeauvillé:   The stork is delivering a baby in this window display! So, what’s the story behind all of the storks?! After some research, I discovered that the stork is a popular subject of many...

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Ribeauville, France in the Alsace Region

Ribeauville, France in the Alsace Region

In Fall 2012 we spent quite a bit of time in Southwestern Germany visiting my husband’s Aunt and Uncle that live near Kaiserslautern. Fortunately, this is also very close to the French border, and specifically, the Alsace region. It is a gorgeous region known for its vineyards and wine production. We don’t drink…but we love admiring vineyards! We started our day exploring some beautiful cities in the...

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Homeschool Art Classes in Southern Oregon

Homeschool Art Classes in Southern Oregon

One thing I love about living in Southern Oregon is that this area is extremely homeschool friendly. We were happy to find an art studio nearby that offers homeschool art classes to kids!  The girls love their teacher, and enjoy one lesson per week at the studio. Most of the time, they are the only kids in their class–so they get a lot of attention. Their teacher decided to have...

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Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

If you’re driving East on I-84 from Portland (about 30 minutes away along the Columbia River), you can’t help but notice the towering Multnomah Falls cascading down the the cliffs next to the freeway. I first saw these falls twelve years ago when Jared whisked me away to the Oregon Coast for our honeymoon. We didn’t stop then…and, in fact, I’ve never been able to get him to...

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My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

I’ve never been golfing before. I’ve been hesitant to try–as I’m not always the most coordinated with my hands. I grew up as a soccer player–and feet–I can handle–but hands? Clubs? Ack! My husband’s family is from Central Washington, and nearby to his hometown is the tourist destination of Crescent Bar–a little island on the Columbia River, just off of...

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Visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

Visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

We’re suckers for “Discovery” or “Children’s” museums. Quite frankly—they feed our kid’s appetites for both activities and knowledge (while keeping us adults fairly entertained, as well). So, as we drove along the Columbia River on the Northern border of Oregon (with Washington just on the other side) in August 2014, we decided to make a stop at the Columbia...

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Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Prepare yourself…I’m going to be flip-flopping all over the place with our blogging. Quite frankly, I’m afraid of losing memories that are already a distant speck in my mind. We had a LOT of adventures in 2012 and 2013, and my blog is missing literally a year and a half worth of adventures. Whole countries are missing!! My blog-writing isn’t just for our readers, it is first and...

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A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

Finding affordable accommodations in Switzerland is not the easiest task in the world. When we were headed there in October 2012, we searched and searched for a place that wasn’t too far South from the majority of things we wanted to see, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. We fortunately found an airbnb.com rental in Eggiwil, which is a municipality in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Eggiwil is about 45...

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Camping in Brookings Oregon

Camping in Brookings Oregon

Now that the weather is turning cold in Southern Oregon, I can more-happily reflect on record-setting summer temperatures that recently exceeded 100 degrees. Temperatures that high tend to drive us either indoors or out of town! As mentioned in our previous post, Brookings, Oregon is a favorite escape where we can quickly be at the beach and Redwoods or simply enjoy some hiking for the day. This summer we...

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