Category Archives: Travel

12 Tips for the Expat Life

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A reader recently commented that she and her husband would be moving abroad and asked if I’d share a bit about my experience as an expat. I lived in Switzerland from 2004-2006 and my British husband lived in the U.S. for nine years, so while we were familiar with life abroad, Scandinavia has been something entirely new to us both. Below are some tips for expat living I’ve gathered from our experience thus far. READ POST

Paris Favorite: Astier de Villatte

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One boutique I’m always thrilled to visit in Paris is Astier de Villatte. The beloved ceramic brand opened a second Paris boutique on the Left Bank’s charming Rue de Tournon last spring (the original is on Rue Saint Honoré) and I fell head over heels when I visited in May. An enormous flower arrangement by artist Livia Cetti greets you upon entering and shelves of pottery reach from floor to ceiling. I can’t wait to pick out a special piece to remember our anniversary by. Perhaps a handsome tea pot to celebrate one year with my tea-loving Englishman. The weekend can’t come soon enough.

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(photography by Julie Ansiau)

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Ticket booked to Morocco!

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So after some thought (thanks for your input!), I’ve decided to head to Morocco next month! India solo seemed a bit daunting and Portugal is so close I can really go anytime. I’m flying direct from Copenhagen to Marrakech in late November and will have four full days to explore the city. I can’t wait to wander the souks and splurge on a beautiful rug or two! If you’ve been to Marrakech before, I’d love to hear your tips. Do you have a guide you’d recommend? Where should I dine/shop/explore…? I will be sure to share my Marrakech favorites upon my return!

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Next stop India…?

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Hi guys. Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve had a bit of a rough week. I found out that my thyroid is still out of whack and our IVF plans have been delayed yet again. At the earliest, we’ll now be doing our first round of IVF over Christmas (nothing like hormone injections and eggnog!). With all the sadness, however, it did occur to me that the six week delay could mean an opportunity for more pre-baby travels. Simon has to work, so I’d be traveling solo. I’m thinking maybe India…?! Have any of you been to New Delhi? Jaipur? Any tips? I’m also open to other suggestions. Maybe Morocco or a week in Portugal? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for all of your kind words and support as well—you help me keep my chin up!

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A Change of Plans

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After much debate, Simon and I decided with heavy hearts yesterday to cancel our trip to Istanbul next week. We were so looking forward to experiencing the magnificent city, but given yesterday’s tragic events, decided it isn’t the right time. Instead, we’ll be heading from London to Italy and Switzerland where we’ll spend the week exploring Lugano, Lake Como, and Milan. Let me know if you have any recommendations (museums, restaurants, shops…). I haven’t been to the Lake District since I moved away ten years ago. My heart goes out to the people of Turkey—I hope we’ll get to explore your beautiful country someday soon.

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The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy

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Ever dreamed of walking on water…? I’m itching to get to Italy to experience artist Christo’s latest creation, The Floating Piers. The interactive installation consists of a 2-mile floating walkway on Lake Iseo connecting the mainland to two islands, usually only accessible by boat. The piers were constructed with floating recycled cubes covered in bright saffron-colored fabric. First conceptualized in 1970 by Christo and his late partner, Jeanne-Claude, the fully realized masterpiece must be quite the sight to behold. Having gone to college in the nearby city of Lugano, the lake district is an corner of the globe near and dear to my heart. The installation is only open for 16 days (June 18 – July 3) and has had an overwhelming amount of visitors (97,000 people visited last Wednesday alone!). Have you ever experienced one of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works in person? What a dream!

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