Expat in Spain – Part 1

Just boarded. Ready to hit the high seas.

  The Trans-Atlantic Crossing In September 2014, we boarded a massive cruise ship – the largest of its kind (at the time) where we spent 12 nights on a trans-Atlantic voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona on a floating city called: Oasis of The Seas. The 13 day-crossing was serene and calm. Barely a ripple […]

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Sensational Sancerre

Small to big - Sancerre

The wine lovers of our group took a road trip to Sancerre. It was a bit of a mission as the town of Sancerre sits on the very eastern edge (left bank) of the Loire Valley and was 200 km away from our château based in Langeais. But if you love wine, and you’re into Sancerre (me!) then it’s well worth the pilgrimage.

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The Loire Valley & Paris

Girls trip France 2018, Loire Valley

What’s better than a girl’s trip? As a woman, NOTHING, and I mean absolutely f’cking nothing! Time away with your female tribe is immensely special and absolutely mandatory. Every couple of years, I take a trip with my female tribe.  This year (September), my eclectic and crazy femmes went to The Loire Valley, France and […]

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My Big Fat 5 days in Athens

Due to some random holidays in Spain (Constitution Day and Immaculate Conception Day) – we get a mini break in early December. Not complaining! This year we went to Athens. A first for me and an overall very cool way to spend a couple of days. The historical capital of Europe is an interesting dichotomy […]

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A’dam with the Fam

Revisiting Amsterdam (A’dam to the locals) with my children was a bit different from previous visits in my late teens and early twenties. This crazy liberal, bike and cheese loving mecca should be on everyone’s bucket list of travels. Even with its often bleak and gray weather, the Dutch Capital never disappoints and holds something […]

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Euro Wanderlust Tour – Quick Stop in Vienna (Wein)

Vienna We arrived late in Vienna…nearly midnight. Boys were tired and cranky from the last 7 hours (our longest journey) on the train. The last few hours were dark and rainy. No views.  We were left listening to the moan of the train gliding on the wet tracks and whatever entertainment our iPad(s) could provide. Our […]

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Euro Wanderlust Tour – Venice…

In the summer of 2015, La Familia Wharton (Rob, Kate, Aiden (10), Ethan (8), and Declan (6) set out on a crazy 49 Night Tour of Europe…starting in Venice. The family who favors the  “no plan – plan” ….had a plan and it was EPIC….9 countries………via plane (1), trains (13), ferries (4), and one hire […]

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Portugal, Sagres – Surfing 101

Last October during mid-term break, I decided to take the kids on a road trip to try surfing in Portugal. The Algarve is just a few hours away. Hubby was scheduled to be away during the first half of the break. So, in all my infinite wisdom, I thought we should go surfing. Our Island in […]

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Guapas Under the Tuscan Sun


Tuscan Dream A couple of years ago,I took a train from Milan to Rome.  As the train sped through the Tuscan country side enough blurry fragments caught my eye to leave me dreaming of a return. After months of Tuscany continuously calling my name and SCREAMING Girls Trip! It was time to put the logistics together and send an […]

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