cretan holiday

This summer is already flying by in a whirlwind of planning, working, and nesting, and I’m thankful that we took the opportunity early in the summer to plan a getaway to Crete.  Martin’s competition and coaching at the European team championships was not only well-timed, falling just at the end of my second trimester, but also in a location providing the perfect combination of relaxing beach getaway, culture, and good food, just a few hours flight from Zürich. Read more

chilly copenhagen getaway

While we certainly cannot complain about our vacation schedules here in Switzerland, nor our proximity to so many wonderful destinations, we still get stuck in the regular routine of jobs and weekends full of errands and catch-up at home just like we would if living anywhere else. Read more

exploring ephesus

IMG_4412-4All the days of sun and water allowed us to rest up for our next adventure–exploring ancient Ephesus (Efes). At first I was a little hesitant to leave the sound of the waves behind to drive several hours through rural Turkey to get to the city ruins, but Martin was eager to go and so we set out one morning after breakfast. Read more

take me back to turkey

Last month’s trip to Turkey was the first vacation we’ve taken since our honeymoon in August 2011 which was longer than 3 days, not scheduled around proximity to a hammer ring, and did not involve visiting family. Now don’t get me wrong, we have taken many longer vacations, and I absolutely love seeing family and friends anywhere and I don’t even mind a well-planned trip including hammer throwing, but this time it really was so nice to just have more than a week of sun-filled, easy relaxation. Read more

away in appenzellerland

Next week we will be chasing the last of summer to Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula where today’s weather forecast “plentiful sunshine.” We have planned a week of nearly nothing except beach time along the Aegean and will end with a few days wandering the sights in Istanbul. I cannot think of anything I need more than this to top of my summer as Zürich’s summer forecast was essentially plentiful rain. Read more

scenic scotland

Scotland may have many dreary, dark and rainy days, but when the sun shines Scotland really sparkles. As you can see have from the above photo of Edinburgh, we lucked out. Yes, we took shelter from some serious downpours, but the rest of time it was gorgeous, and perfect weather for wandering, shopping, tea drinking, and taking in some historic sites. Read more

last summer getaway


Just two weeks ago, I left dark and stormy Zürich on a Thursday morning to join Martin in Nice for our last summer getaway. Martin’s final big meet of the season, Les Jeux de la Francophonie, was the perfect excuse for a long weekend along the French Riviera, and after just 45 minutes in the air I was already looking down on the last summer sun sparkling of the Mediterranean. I was content with nothing more than just a weekend alternating lazing by the pool with lazing by the sea. And so that is what we did. (See instagram for more photos from this spot.) Read more