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Pittsburgh Day 2: Robots, Burgers and Hockey!

Pittsburgh Day 2

On our second day in Pittsburgh we were picked up early in the morning by Xander’s colleague, Tim, who took us out for breakfast.  Before we went to the states, Xander said that he wanted to have proper pancakes, so I went online and looked up “Best pancakes in Pittsburgh” and the results were unanimous – Pamela’s!  It just so happened that it was the same place Tim had already planned to take us for breakfast… I can safely say, the reviews weren’t wrong. The food was delicious!  It was funny, though, I ordered a short stack, with this image in ... Read More »

Pittsburgh: The First Day

Shadyside Inn Mansion Suites

RIGHT, so back to the story of our visit to Pittsburgh.  It all seems like such a whirlwind now, I can’t believe it has been almost four months already.  Why is it that the time you spend waiting for something drags on, yet the time that passes after something flies like the wind.  Life can be so bizarre that way, can’t it? Preparing for the trip actually went really well.  I had lists on top of lists on top of lists, and I packed like a boss! Expat packing priorities, always make room for stroopwafels! A photo posted by Tammy ... Read More »

Return to Rensiwez: Cabin Werner


Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday, I know we did! If you have been to my blog at this time on previous years, you have probably heard me moan about the state of affairs in the Netherlands on New Years Eve.  Mainly the situation with the fireworks and my dogs. While the fireworks are great for taking photos, it’s really really bad in big cities if you have pets that are nervous.  My dogs have been absolutely beside themselves every single year and each time I’d swear that it was our last time in Rotterdam on ... Read More »

Restaurant Review – Tommy’s Diner (Montpellier, France)

Tommy's Diner

Each year when we visit the south of France, we make a point of visiting the Odysseum shopping center in Montpellier.  We shop around a bit, go for lunch and maybe get an ice cream. Each year I eyed the same diner for lunch but we always ended up going somewhere else.  We went to another burger place, an Italian place, etc  and they were always nice restaurants but the North American in me screamed DINER!! 50’s DINER!!  I just had to go there. This year we did! It has been so long since I’ve been in a diner of any ... Read More »

Exploring Aveyron


After visiting the workshop of Andre Debru Xander and I wanted to see a bit more of the Aveyron area. It was a beautiful day and we loved the scenery on the drive there so much, we thought we’d make a bit of a day of it.  Now that I have my license it’s a lot more fun for both of us (OH! Mental note, I must write my 101 List entry about that!). Since I was driving, there weren’t a lot of photos, but  Xander did take a video!  There isn’t a lot of scenery, other than road and ... Read More »

The Art of Andre Debru


While on holiday in the south of France my husband and I went to visit the Roquefort caves with my mother-in-law.  On the way there we came across a roundabout with an art installation in the middle that caught our eye.  I’m generally not into art all that much but my MIL is an artist and both of us had a bit of a “WOAH” reaction as we were circling the roundabout.  We kept going but on the way back I absolutely had to stop and have a look at it. I wish I had gotten photos from another angle ... Read More »

Roquefort Caves


Last week Xander and I picked up his mom and headed off to Roquefort to check out the cheese caves. It’s something we have wanted to do for a while but we usually visit in the fall when the cheese is already made and the caves are empty. This year we were just in time to catch the end of the production! There were about 20 of us doing the tour, including a really huffy and cranky French woman and her rude husband and two hilarious and fun couples from Israel. It was an interesting group for sure and I ... Read More »

South of France in Springtime


Ok, I am trying to blog from my tablet for the first time so bear with me and please forgive any typos!  I am on holiday atm and left my laptop home, since I have a snazzy new Galaxy Tab Pro tablet! Early Friday morning my husband and I packed up and headed off for the south of France.  We are spending a few weeks down here enjoying the company of my in-laws, the peaceful surroundings and the beautiful weather. This was the first time that we were able to drive down all in one go, because I was able ... Read More »

Holiday Review: Les Cabanes de Rensiwez


After putting Project Baby to bed Xander and I made a promise to each other to make a point of enjoying our freedom.  To take time out together and take little getaways when we can and splurging on ourselves when we are able. We had had such a stressful year in 2013 that we really wanted to find a place where we could get away early in the year and just relax.  I scoured the internet looking for just the right place and nothing seemed to fit the bill.  Anywhere in the Netherlands just didn’t offer the privacy or space ... Read More »

Canada-October 2012


A week after we returned from France it was already time for me to leave for a month in Canada!  I went home on my own so that we could save my husband’s vacation days for things on this side of the pond and I could just go and chill with my parents. It was such a great month.  There isn’t a lot to do in Cape Breton but I wasn’t there to be a tourist, rather just to spend time quality time with my mom and dad and see some old friends.  We hung out, went to the movies ... Read More »

101 List–Swim in the Mediterranean


One thing I didn’t mention in my recent post about my trip to the south of France was that while I was down there, I finally got to swipe another item off my 101 list! To swim in the Mediterranean! It has been on my list during two of my previous trips but we just never did get around to it.  When we got together with Xander’s mother for the day, we decided to go to the beach.  It gave us a nice relaxing way to spend time and chat with her and also the chance to see some place ... Read More »