“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”  Nelson Mandela We have talked quite a bit in the past about our experiences teaching our own kids foreign languages and learning them ourselves, so we got […]


While we were in the Alsace region of France we heard rumors of a cake so delicious that we had to go on a little hunt for this mysterious Kougelhopf.  While we may not be able to tell you just how to pronounce it, we can assure you that the hunt was not so laborious […]

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the french vineyard

by Tina on July 24, 2014

in France, photography

As we drove through the French vineyards of Alsace we stopped to walk among the grapes… With the sun on our faces and the quiet hum of crickets, we basked in that moment of simple pleasure…


drive in the clouds

by Tina on July 22, 2014

in France, photography, Switzerland, Travel

“I wonder what a cloud feels like.”  That is what our son pondered while biting his lower lip as he looked up from the valley to the clouds hanging low over the mountain tops.  Maybe some of you would know just how to answer that question, but for us, the clouds were places that only […]


Drive Alsace France

by Tina on July 10, 2014

in family, France, Travel

There is a beautiful place in France where the roads bend and twist through valleys of vineyards and the Black Forest lingers in the distance.  It is the place of dreams where you might find yourself gasping at the beauty of the green, green valleys, where you should roll down your window and breath deep […]