It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Prague

Christmas in Prague |

The city of Prague is fully in the holiday spirit.  Many of the shops and cafes are decorated for the holidays, and there seems to be a Christmas market around every corner.  I think I’ve visited five Christmas markets so far (all in the city center), and there are still a few I haven’t made it to yet.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it’s been a nice surprise for me to see how much the locals get into the holiday spirit.

Although many of the squares around the city host markets, the main Christmas market can be found in the Old Town Square.  This is where you’ll find the city’s main Christmas tree decorated and twinkling with lights.

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My 3 Favorite Creperies in Paris

Favorite Creperies in Paris |

Crepes.  Oh, wonderful crepes.  No visit to France is complete without indulging in a crepe (or several).

Crepes are a very thin type of pancake, usually made from wheat flour.  Savory crepes, known as galettes, are usually made from buckwheat flour.  And when it comes to fillings and toppings, the sky is the limit.

While in Paris, I probably ate more than my share of crepes.  I regret nothing.  What can I say, all the city bike riding made me hungry.  At least that’s the excuse I’m sticking to.

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10 Stress Busting Tips for Traveling with Your Pet + A Magazine Feature

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet |

I’m a Mom to a little Italian furry baby.  He’s a little cat named Dolce who stole my heart from his first tiny meow.  His name means “sweet” in Italian, and it fits him perfectly.

I grew up living with pets and I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, but I resisted getting a pet after I moved from the U.S. to Rome, Italy.  I didn’t think a pet would fit well with my travel lifestyle. That all changed the day Dolce showed up.

Thankfully, Dolce immediately adapted to a life of travel.  I take him everywhere with me.  He even has a European Union passport.  Seriously. (Oh, the things I have learned being a cat mom.)

He has traveled by planes, trains, cars and boats.  He’s been to numerous places in Italy, as well as to more than a handful of other countries.  Just this year he’s traveled to France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.  He seems to enjoy his adventures, and I’m constantly amazed by him.

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25 Years After the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe

The John Lennon Wall in Prague |

This year marks 25 years since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Yesterday, November 9th, marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Next month will mark 25 years since the end of the communist government in the Czech Republic, which was then known as Czechoslovakia.

Most are familiar with the title “The Cold War”.  Most younger Americans hear about it in school.  It has something to do with the Soviet Union, and trickles down into why the United States is still in a heated arm wrestling match with Russia.  Both firmly planted, neither wanting to bend and a lot of trash talking in an attempt to psych out the opposing side.

I would bet most are also familiar with the Berlin Wall.

It was a wall in Germany.  It came down.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Rome at Christmas + A Magazine Feature


The holidays in Rome are always a magical time.  After all, Rome is where the celebration of Christmas originated.  If you’re planning a trip to Rome in December, be sure to check out my list in the Insiders Abroad E-Magazine for the top 10 things to do in Rome at Christmas to get you in the holiday spirit.

To check out the top 10 things to do in Rome at Christmas, jump to page 16.  I also shared a few packing tips for things to pack (or leave at home) when visiting Rome, and you can find those on page 5. Just click on the magazine cover below.