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Uniquely Crete

The rock, the hard place and all the beauty in between…   When her husband Richard was offered a job overseas, Melanie moved far away from her small mountain community in Colorado to the remote Greek island of Crete. She looked forward to an idyllic life in the Mediterranean, but she didn’t anticipate how the experience …

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Wander, Linger, Savor

This blog is dedicated to the idea of slow living specifically as it relates to travel in all forms. When I moved to the island of Crete, it didn’t take me long to appreciate the art of slowing down. And after five years of living in the Mediterranean, I fully embraced the practices of wandering, …

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Surprising Hamburg

Spending time in Europe as a tourist is not cheap. When we lived in Crete, we took advantage of our location to travel all over Europe, and between budget airlines like Ryan Air and Airbnb in small towns we were able to keep expenses low. But today, even with the great airfare we scored from …

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Bellying up in Brussels

Booking a vacation across the Pond is a sure incentive to get your money’s worth out of a trip. When we first decided to travel to Europe in August the intention was to only go to the Netherlands for a bike/boat tour with friends. But when we studied the map of the Netherlands, we saw …

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Windmills, waders and wild roosters

A boat/bike cruise is a perfect way to explore the charming towns as well as the serene farmlands and woodlands of the Netherlands. A week aboard the boat provided us with well-marked bike routes, interesting harbor visits and some delicious cuisine to savor along the way. Cruising through the lush countryside and through charming villages …

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DIKES AND BIKES – Wandering the Netherlands

The barge glides steadily through the gentle waters of the Ijssel River whose banks are lined with river rock and sandy beaches normally submerged under the water. This year has been particularly dry in the Netherlands with rainfall at record lows, and the river level sits three meters below normal. But today, the sky is …

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Altitude High

Traveling to far away places and writing about them can be exhilarating.  But so can wandering to places near your own backyard.  It really makes you appreciate what you have...especially when its' very existence is threatened.     Colorado Wildfire Update:  Spring Creek Fire has grown to over 100,000 acres Third largest fire in Colorado …

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Mamma Mia On Crete

Writing a book is like birthing a baby.   Except the labor has been over two years long.  There were moments I literally screamed, "I CAN'T DO THIS!" but it was there inside me demanding to be born.  And I knew that the labor would produce a happy ending.  A beautiful reflection of my soul.  Or …

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