I miss hearing the call to prayer before sunrise every morning, the sunshine and the small winding roads in the old city. But I don't miss the olives for breakfast. See my blog entry
The cruise from Stockholm was the highlight. Breathtaking, really. We found Helsinki to be down-to-earth, friendly and a just-right size. See my blog entry
Why on Earth did it take me so long to visit London?! Rivals Paris for best city in Europe. Avoid Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and head to Chelsea and Holborn. See my blog entry
It was my third trip to Paris, but our first while living in Sweden. And, more significantly, our first with a baby in tow. Metro ≠ baby friendly. Centre Pompidou = 10x more fun with a little one. See my blog entry.
bergen and oslo, norway
Think Colorado. Flooded. Oslo is a refreshing little city and the fjords offered beautiful views in all directions. Not love, love. But definitely like, like. See my blog entry.
prague, czech republic
Yes, it has beautiful architecture. But no soul. Skip it and go to Budapest instead.
We only spent a night here, but I could tell immediately that this was a city I could live in. Hope we can get back there sometime soon. Loved the new architecture, friendly people and the gigantic, wooded park.
A great place to relax, see endless fields of daisies, drink sangria and be surrounded by the smell of orange blossoms. See my blog entry.
amsterdam and delft
Amsterdam was one of our favorite European cities and Delft is a little gem you wish you could fit in your pocket and take home. Loved the individual style and easy-going nature of the people. See my blog entry.
Hurry, it's already been discovered. Wonderful cheap food and an outdoorsy mentality. See my blog entry.
Reminds us of home. Really relaxing and laid back. See my blog entry.
hong kong and tai pei
Super friendly people and so romantic. See my blog entry.
Loved Villefranche and the whole area east of Nice. See my blog entry.
Loved the tapas and eating paella on the beach. See my blog entry.
In November 2005, my husband and I moved to Älmhult, Sweden, for my dream job. Five years later, our little family of three moved back. Except, back turned out to be a brand new place called Portland.
One of our neighbors is a backyard beekeeper. He has 5 colonies. One of those colonies decided to escape to the top of another neighbor's tree. It was big news on our block yesterday.
Sophie got to see the swarm up close through some fancy binoculars/telescope that a neighbor set up, and she tasted honey straight from their honeycomb. We had to leave the excitement to go pick up Mathis from preschool. When we got back, Sophie said she had to do something important in the house. I thought she had to go to the bathroom.
While I showed Mathis the bees, Sophie came running out of the house with this very simple drawing that showed how the problem needed to be solved (the bees flying back into their bee hive box). She held it up to the tree so the bees could see it. Such a simple little thing, but it made it one of those my-daughter-is-amazing-and-our-neighbors-are-awesome kind of days.
Also, sunny summer weather is magic.
**Update: Our neighbor gave Sophie a piece of honeycomb to bring into class, and she gave a presentation about the bees. Sophie said her classmates had lots of questions at the end. I told her that was a sign she gave a great talk. :)