Europe’s Top Luxury Ski Spots

With ski resorts now numbering in their thousands across the continent, skiing appears to be one of the most popular sports in Europe. Still, this doesn’t make it any easier for the discerning traveller to make up their mind: where does one go to enjoy a ski trip in total privacy and luxury? Although skiing […]

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Top Five Spanish Cities for Foodies

Spanish food is famous for being colourful, flavoursome, fresh and spicy – and rightly so. It’s not for nothing that tapas is one of the most popular and well-known dining options on the planet. The cavalcade of full-on flavours that characterises Spanish cuisine are drawn from many different cultures and locales around both the country […]

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Why You Should Choose a Family Rail Holiday

It might not be the first thing that springs to most people’s mind when they’re planning their next family holiday, but railway holidays can offer a range of benefits that other types of holiday can’t match. Here’s why you should choose them. The space Every parent knows how restless and fidgety kids can be. Trains provide the […]

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Lake Chapala is so 2013

What better way to kick off the new year than with a beautiful new habitat. For the next few months, Mark, Scout, Archie, Sophie and I will be hanging our sombreros in Morelia, one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities. The Centro Historico, where we live, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s gorgeous. And convenient. In Chapala we had to […]

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Sophie’s first week

Thanks everyone for all your interest in little Sophie, our Christmas rescue pup. Today is her 1-week anniversary with us. Health-wise, she’s doing well. During her first few nights she was up quite a bit scratching, but that is tapering off now that her skin is healing. Today Scout and I noticed that the stitches in […]

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A Canine Christmas Tale

“Renee, another stray dog’s turned up!” called the hotel owner, Jan, just as Mark, Scout and I were settling in for the night. “Tom’s got him over by the restaurant.” Grabbing a flashlight and a leash, Scout and I ran out the door. Nearby we found Tom, Jan’s husband, trying to coax a black dog […]

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So, How Many Countries Have You Been To?

We get this question a lot. My first answer is…NOT ENOUGH. My second answer is…IT DEPENDS. Does Gibraltar count? How about Slovenia, which we drove through in a matter to hours en route from Italy to Croatia? Our tires have Slovenian dust on them but we didn’t speak to anyone between the borders. Anyway, I […]

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Cost of Living at Lake Chapala, Mexico

It’s been a year since I last did a cost-of-living post. (Here are our expenses for October 2012 and November 2012). We’re still living at Lake Chapala, but during the year we moved and made some other changes, so our budget looks quite different from a year ago. The big news is our expenses have decreased […]

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Recipe: Steamed Shrimp-and-Pork Siu Mai Dumplings

Life in Mexico is great, except for one thing. The food. That’s not to say we haven’t had some good meals here…we have. But let’s just say Mexican isn’t our soulmate cuisine. Asian food (of any kind) is what we love, and life without it is brutal. After traveling through SE Asia and spending ten […]

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Huichol Indian Family — Photo of the Week

Scout and I met this Huichol family when we spent a weekend at their village in Nayarit. The Huichole indians are renowned beadwork and yarn artists who inhabit remote micro villages in the Sierras of Nayarit and Jalisco. We were able to access the village because Scout’s Spanish teacher has been doing outreach there for years, […]

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