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[Guest Post] Authenticity in Riga -The Sienna Art Cafe

Founded in 1973 and housed in a building from 1903 that is considered a Latvian architectural monument, the Janis Rozentāls/Rūdolfs Blaumanis Museum contains art and artifacts from famous Latvian artist Janis … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hiking in the clouds to Forelhogna

Two days after I returned from a work trip to Kuwait, my family was invited to join two other families on a 15km hike to the peak of Forelhogna mountain. … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sigulda village and castle

After a rather difficult evening together as a family in Riga on Saturday we agreed to spend Sunday separately, with one child each. On my brother’s recommendation, I decided to … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

When my baby smiles at me I go to Riga

Yes, I do know that Peter Allen was singing about Rio but I adapted the lyrics on my first day here and it’s been playing over and over in my … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Riga anyone?

When my husband asked if I wanted to take a trip to Riga, Latvia from our new home in Trondheim, Norway I was supportive but not super excited. I knew … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Hiking to Gråkallen

When I’m not travelling, Friday is hiking day for me and my husband. After a week in Nice on family vacation and then a week in Kuwait for work, I … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

A day trip to Antibes

Our charming café owner in Cagnes Sur Mer suggested that we take a day trip to Antibes to see the old town. The friendly American women on the bus home … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Saint Paul de Vence, France

The flash floods in Cote d’Azur caused death, damage and destruction. We were very fortunate not to be effected and I felt terrible for the people around us who were … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

We had never heard of Cagnes-sur-Mer but we needed affordable, comfortable, self-contained accommodation for a family of four near Nice and the best and cheapest that we could find was in Cagnes-sur-Mer, which … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

An autumn break to Nice, France

Since we moved to Trondheim, Norway, many people have warned us that the autumn is unpleasant. Knowing that I have an expat contract to stay in Trondheim for 2 years, … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 2 Comments