What’s in my suitcase this summer

I love packing for summer vacations. For each sundress and swimsuit I pack, I imagine a different, idyllic scenario. Strolling down a cobblestoned street with an ice cream cone in hand. Sunning myself on a beach with a good book. And the best scenario of all: Sauntering onto the plane with everything packed into a […]

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Have a light weekend…

  …because the world feels awfully heavy at the moment. I’m reminding myself that it’s ok to feel the heaviness, but I’ll still be going for a walk this afternoon to feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Meanwhile, here are some links to get you to the weekend: Vermont will pay you to […]

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A village in Paris: The 16th arrondissement

Paris may be for lovers, but the 16th arrondissement is for the rest of us: People with toddlers. The western Parisian neighborhood between the Seine and the Bois de Boulogne, runs from the Arc de Triomphe in the north down to the Roland Garros stadium in the south. The quiet quarter, also known as Passy, is […]

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Paris, encore

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris many times. In fact, it was the first place I saw outside of the U.S. It was the first big city I ever visited. I remember that car ride from the airport as if it were yesterday. Paris was noisy and glamorous and unpredictable. There was music on […]

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Five reasons to visit Berlin now

History. I’ve never visited a place that so directly and gracefully addresses the most tragic parts of its history more than Berlin. Pictured right above is the heartbreaking Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The name alone stirs up the still raw emotions from World War II. If you look down while walking around Berlin, […]

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My kind of Berlin: The luxurious Hotel Bristol Berlin

What is the first thing you think of when you hear Berlin? Maybe it’s über modern architecture and graffiti. Perhaps it’s quaint cafes and apple strudel. Probably World War II and the wall. Marlene Dietrich and Angela Merkel. There is no getting around the fact that Germany’s capital has had many lives. It’s resolute resilience […]

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Ich bin ein Berliner

One of my favorite stories I heard growing up was about my dad visiting East Berlin as a college student. It’s one of those stories that needs to be heard instead of read, but it ends with a German guard pointing a machine gun at him while he backed away from the Berlin Wall. I’ve […]

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