An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

In the past year, I’ve made it a point of going out on my own and exploring Rome. Sometimes I only managed one or two outings a month, and other times I’ve managed an outing each week. I’ve revisited new shows in museums and churches I’d visited in the past, and discovered many more along the …

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“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” Hilaire Belloc Here’s the thing about summer breaks in Italy – they are really long. I’m talking June to September long. That’s three months long. Which is …

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After I’d written the first part of this story, I knew the tale was incomplete. My shopping habits have changed dramatically since I first moved to Germany in 2010. I no longer rely solely on the grocery store for the bulk of my needs. This is becoming even more true the longer I am living …

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Believe it or not, Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich this weekend. Yes, it actually kicks off in mid- September. What began as a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese in October 1810, has grown to a beloved cultural festival. From mid-September to the first weekend of October, a festival is held at …

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If someone told me they could only visit one European City, I would send them to Prague without reservation. It is the first European city we visited, and one that has captured our hearts. We have visited many cities since, but Prague remains in the number one spot on our list. There is a magic …

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It was a beautiful day, the first day in a week that everyone was healthy and the sun was out. Over the week prior, sick children and foul weather had left us housebound. We were running out of things to do. We were ready to explore. Earlier in the week, I noticed a list of upcoming Easter Markets, …

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Not every adventure needs to take you to distant lands. Sometimes, our favorite thing to do on a weekend is to locate a hiking trail a little closer to home, wherever our home may be. In Bavaria, we love the trails in the Oberpfalz, the Upper Palatinate. Slightly larger than West Virginia, Bavaria is biggest …

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Early Saturday morning, it dawned on me. There was less than a week remaining until Halloween, and I had yet to take the children to get pumpkins. If we were going to carve Jack-O-Lanterns, we’d need to find our perfect, beautiful pumpkins today. No problem, I thought to myself. I remembered seeing a rather large display of …

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