Previously, we ate our way through the streets of Amsterdam. Somethings never change. What else doesn't change is that we tend to stumble into some of the more interesting parts of a city. Like the alley in the Red Light District where we witnessed a negotiation between a horny 30-something guy and a dark haired … Continue reading Thelma and Louise Find Art and Red Lights
As my very last trip in Europe for this Swiss experience my BFF, the Thelma to my Louise, flew out to join me on a trip to Amsterdam. I'd only even been in Amsterdam as an entry point into Europe. I think almost every American has been to the Amsterdam airport. Shaun hadn't been to … Continue reading Thelma and Louise go to Amsterdam!!
We are in our last week. The suitcases have been dragged, kicking and screaming, out of the basement and are being filled. Laundry is being continuously done to keep the clothes ready to go. I have even gone so far as to start pulling out things I think we all might need for the month … Continue reading The Last Week of The Swiss Family Carlson
One of our missions here was to visit all 26 cantons in Switzerland. It took us 2 years, but we actually did it. We started in Neuchatel just after we'd arrived in Basel and finally, a month before we leave here, we finished in Glarus. My husband wanted to hike in Glarus. He lured me … Continue reading The Last Mountain to Climb – Glarus
It wasn't all big cities and spas on our trip to Iceland. We also explored the great wilds of the interior. The house we rented was just north of Sefloss in a middle of nowhere place that seems to be undergoing some development as a vacation rental spot. The houses are far enough apart that … Continue reading The Wilds of Iceland
Basel gets its share of tourists. Not too many, but we get them. They are easy to spot as they come blinking into the sunshine from the inside of the dark train station, checking maps, and looking around with puzzled expressions. Usually I mind my own business. I keep my head down and go about … Continue reading “I Live Here.”
We are on our way out here in Europe and are cramming in so many trips we are going to need to move back to the US just to rest. Living life to the fullest and planning for physical collapse! Part of our quest was a trip to Iceland. So, Iceland. Here is what I … Continue reading The Swiss Family Carlson goes to Iceland!
We loved wandering around to the really popular Roman places and into Vatican City, but there is still more Rome to see! One of the must-see places in Rome is the Spanish Steps. The famously appear in Roman Holiday, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Italian Job where the mini coopers famously drive down the … Continue reading Roaming in Rome and then Roaming Home
One. Month. Left. It seems impossible that 2 years could have gone by so fast. Was it really August 2014 when the kids looked like this? And now they look like this? That's just wild. There is a myriad of stuff going on here just this week. I just made chocolate chip cookies. Am … Continue reading One Month Left *Sob!*
Last time we saw some of the major sites of Rome and most of us were delighted. This time we decided to invade - uh- visit Vatican City, which my oldest informs me is the smallest country in the world. Vatican City is an actual country inside the city of Rome just like Washington, DC … Continue reading Gate-Crashing on the Pope