Bruges 

Around Wednesday of last week, we decided we needed to go to Bruges for a night. Keep in mind, Bruges is a 2.5 hour drive for us, so it’s super close and actually a bit of a shame that we hadn’t yet gone. It’s always interesting in Europe how a 2 hour drive can take you to what feels like another world. I love that, and one day if I leave Europe, I will certainly miss it. So, anyway, we decided to make the trek and now I can state with certainty that I love that city and I will be tempted to go once a month.

How would I describe Bruges? It’s obviously medieval. It’s obviously picturesque. You can, obviously drink amazing beer to your heart’s content. There is something else though. The city exudes a slower pace and a warmth of the people. I always try to get a feeling for a place when we travel. I don’t want to just see the tourists sites (actually I tend to avoid them) but I want to understand what daily existence is like there and I want to attempt to connect to the history and the past that lingers in the present. Maybe it’s Europe that creates that desire or maybe it’s the actor in me. Cobblestone streets, old stone buildings proudly standing the test of time, pubs, richly decorated rooms, people lazily riding bikes to and fro, and old fashioned stores create a connection to the past that I so desperately want to soak up. If only Bruges would not allow cars, I dare say it could be perfect. I loved finding an abandoned street, looking up at the rooftops and hearing horse hooves approaching with a carriage behind. I wish I could experience those streets 1 or 200 years ago.


Our first day was rainy and cold, which is annoying but also ads a certain amount of romance. 🙂

Anyway, Bruges maintains the magic of a time gone by and once you escape the hordes of tourists, it’s really just lovely. We went for one night, staying at Hotel de Orangeries, but when on Sunday we woke to perfect blue skies and warm weather (a novelty in this part of the world) we knew we couldn’t leave and checked into another hotel, Van Cleef, that I had on my radar. I’m SO happy we stayed as Day 2 was just perfect!!! We started the day at Hotel de Orangerie with some of the best croissants I’ve ever tasted and it just got better from there.

We are big boutique hotel people and always on a mission to find the best. I’ll do a review on those later as I’m starting a “hotel review” section. We really were able to relax (which can be hard for Dragan and me) drink and eat good food, walk off everything and take in Bruges. Dragan and I travel the same as we prefer just to get lost wandering around, stumbling into random things and experiences, rather than following an itinerary or seeing “the sights”. We drank beer along the canals watching the swans lazily swimming past, we sat on terraces and read our books, we stopped into antique stores to listen to the owners describe the city in their words, we enjoyed watching proper dance classes on a square, we laughed through the rain on Saturday, we stopped to pet dogs and speak to their owners, we walked until the big canal ended just to see what was there only to discover windmills and water that became so GREEN the further out we walked. It was hard to leave on Monday but it makes it easier knowing we can go back anytime.


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Being an American in Europe

Good Morning.

Over the past year, I’ve been trying to learn how to live over here, and although at times it is spectacular…….there are times I want to pull my hair out.

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Last night was one of them.( Continue reading “Being an American in Europe”

Pretty in Pink Day in Geneva with Jasper!

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Hello everyone!

Today was the last of our lazy days as Dragan goes back to work tomorrow. We didn’t want to do much, so after Almond Croissants, I made myself go for a run with my friend Miriana and then we decided to head into Geneva. We wanted Starbucks and today was a lovely day for it, with temperatures in the high 50’s and the sun shining overhead! ( Continue reading “Pretty in Pink Day in Geneva with Jasper!”

A new Step

This weekend was rather exciting for us as we drove Sunday 4 hours into the middle of France to…………!

Meet and reserve our new puppy! For those who know me, know that I lost my girl Bailey July 29th and that broke my heart. I posted a letter to her in my blog that I went back and read this morning before I could write this.  I wanted to wait until I felt more ready, but as I still can’t work here, we decided it was time. Not wanting to have another small dog, as Bailey needs to have that place in my heart, we decided we wanted a Golden Retriever. We went to the breeders’ house and the puppies are only 13 days, so we have reserved a boy, but will pick him out when he’s just a bit older. As I’m going to the US for over a month, this is perfect, as we will get him at the beginning of December. I’m very excited, and although a part of me feels a sense of sadness for moving ahead, I believe it is the right thing to do! I will continue posting on this new adventure and I look forward to sharing our little boy. We were told we have to name our dog with the letter J. Isn’t that bizarre? Something about French law and tradition as it coincides with the year 2014, and although my natural tendency is to rebel against anyone telling me what to do, I think we will try to respect that in honor of our time living here in France. Here are the babies. We did not get to meet the mother as she is with her pups, but here is a pic of the papa! Do you have a Golden? Would love to hear!

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For the weekend, I wanted to show 2 different ways to wear a summer maxi skirt in Fall. I love both looks.
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Visiting Amsterdam…

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There are more bikes than people in Amersterdam. At least this is what was told to me over breakfast by my beautiful waitress. There are also, it seems, many beautiful and tall people in Amsterdam riding those bikes.
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Recipe for Meatball Tortellini Soup

I made a delicious soup the other night, if I do say so myself, and several people asked me to post the recipe, so I’ve decided to post it here as it’s easier to add images, etc.

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Who doesn’t think fall is the perfect time for soups???

So, here it is! ( Continue reading “Recipe for Meatball Tortellini Soup”