Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound

Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound

European Delivery, or how to drive your own car on the Autobahn Striking the chocolate mother lode in Zurich, and the M2 sound Axalp Air Show in Switzerland – The highlights Time to Relax – Munich’s Beautiful Lake Country Axalp Air Show – A How-To In possession of our new M2, we sped off (with much engine roaring) to Zurich, which is a scenic three-and-a-half hour drive from Munich. The best route runs along Lake Constance, which is worth at…

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Top Christmas Markets in Europe

Top Christmas Markets in Europe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Neighborhoods are all lit up, and there’s a chill and a holiday spirit in the air.  In Europe, that convivial feeling gets kicked up a notch with the advent of Christmas markets. They’re a great place to do a little shopping, grab a bite to eat and a mulled wine, and do some people-watching. Each city puts its own twist on the tradition, and it’s impossible to go wrong, but here are…

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The ultimate European hiking/driving/aviation vacation

The ultimate European hiking/driving/aviation vacation

Back in October this year, Stu and I went on what has to qualify as one of our best vacations ever: We picked up our new BMW M2 in Munich, drove it to Switzerland, hiked up some pretty serious mountains to see the ultimate air show, and relaxed a little by the shores of Lake Tegernsee. It. Was. Epic. I’m going to break this trip report out into five separate posts: European Delivery, or how to drive your own car…

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Let’s get real about The REAL ID Act

Let’s get real about The REAL ID Act

One of the simplest ways to ensure a great vacation is having all the proper documentation. Everybody knows you need a passport to travel internationally, but several countries also require U.S. citizens to have visas to enter. For residents of certain states, it’s domestic travel that might get a lot more complicated in the coming year, thanks to varying degrees of compliance with the REAL ID Act. The last thing you want to do is show up at the airport…

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A trip to Québec City, and you’ll get a kick out of the French word for “selfie”

A trip to Québec City, and you’ll get a kick out of the French word for “selfie”

My mother comes over from Germany once a year to visit me, and I try to take her somewhere neither of us has been before. Usually, that involves my dragging her to whichever place is next on my bucket list :-). This year, that meant heading to Québec City.  I’ve had so many people recently tell me how wonderful it is there, I just had to go and see for myself. A word on logistics: There are few direct flights…

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Great Events For The End Of 2017

Great Events For The End Of 2017

I’m very excited to introduce my first guest writer today: Wendy Dessler is a superconnector with Outreachmama, who works to connect bloggers and businesses online. She is currently working with Uni Baggage. Note that I don’t benefit from any of the links below, other than in having the pleasure of working with Wendy, and providing my readers with some great ideas on what to do if you’re still looking to make vacation plans this year. So with that said, over…

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Toronto’s Kensington Market: A Foodie Paradise

Toronto’s Kensington Market: A Foodie Paradise

As some of my readers may already have figured out, one of my favorite ways to explore a new place is to take a food tour. Toronto’s food scene is incredible, both in its quality and diversity. Having indulged in all kinds of ethnic cuisines when I’ve been there, I decided it was time to find out what traditional Canadian food was all about. It was time to go beyond the poutine! I selected the Culinary Adventure Company’s ‘Made in Canada…

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How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

How to Get Soaked at Niagara Falls, and Other Stories

So here’s my dirty little secret: after almost 12 years of living in the Northeastern US, I have not been to Niagara Falls. And sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who has not witnessed this miracle of nature. Which was why, when Stu came to visit me in Toronto for the weekend, I decided it was now or never. Niagara is only a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto, so it’s an easy day trip, and there’s plenty of time…

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Teaser: Our next big adventure

Teaser: Our next big adventure

We just received this in the mail: It heralds our next big adventure in October. We’re actually hitting two birds with one stone in a very Stu-centric vacation, by doing European delivery of a BMW, and going to Switzerland to experience the Axalp Fliegerschieβen. What’s that, you ask? Let’s start with European delivery. We actually did this three years ago – you order a BMW (or any other premium German car) from your local dealership, customize it to your liking,…

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Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

Elements Restaurant – A worthy destination for a celebration dinner

I’ve been itching to go to Elements restaurant in Princeton, NJ pretty much since it opened back in 2008. It’s since then garnered all kinds of accolades, most recently as the best farm-to-table restaurant in New Jersey, according to Travel and Leisure. When our fourth wedding anniversary conveniently fell on a Wednesday this year, I was able to grab a reservation at short notice – an impossibility on the weekend. We decided to push the boat out and go for…

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