We fell in love with Millau, France. Here’s why.

We decided to spend the first half of summer in Millau for three reasons. To get my French back up to speed. (I went to Le Lycée Francais de Los Angeles from 1st to 9th grade and used to … [Read more...]

How to Honor Love? Ask a 4yr old.

Although most little kids couldn't define honor, they know how to honor the people they love. And we grownups should take notes.  How to honor love like a 4yr old:  1) Give … [Read more...]

San Sebastian: A Little “Pinxto” of Heaven

  There are two things to know about San Sebastian:   1) It's not Spain. Well, it is, technically--but not really. To the people who live there, San Sebastian is called Donostia … [Read more...]

A Quick Stop to Smell the Roses in Madrid

After a standout week in Seville, we hit the road to Madrid, about a 5.5 hr drive. Along the way, we passed Trujillo in Extremadura, where hundreds of the conquistadors hailed, including some of … [Read more...]

Six Must-Dos in Seville: 1) Smell Horseshit Mixed with Car Exhaust

I don't usually write these "must-do!" travel pieces, mostly because they lack narrative and I'm all about the story, or even just rambling, but our week in Seville fits the format. So here we … [Read more...]

Climbing in Soleil’s Cragdom

I think when we're old, Tree and I will look back on our family climbing days as some of the best days of our lives.  Sure, it's a lot of effort. I have to get up extra early, make lunches, … [Read more...]

Malaga, Spain: This is what “high livability” looks like

A view overlooking Málaga from atop Castle Gibralfaro.  Our time in Málaga, an Andalusian port town hailed for its high "livability," has been pretty spectacular. At first I was annoyed by … [Read more...]

How to Homeschool WITHOUT a Home: Road-School

If I had euro, dollar, or peso for every time someone asked about Soleil's education, we'd have an okay college fund started. I think most people are just curious. They want to know the nuts … [Read more...]

3 Things Spain Does Better Than Us

A few months before I met Tree, as a pre-30th birthday present to myself, I backpacked solo around Europe--8 countries in 5 weeks. While I managed to see countless museums, historical sites, and … [Read more...]

6 years married, 10 years together. We celebrated with Picasso.

Last week was our 6yr married, 10yr together anniversary, but because of weather and climbing we couldn’t celebrate until today. And what a day it was! I LOVE our anniversary. The truth is that Tree … [Read more...]

The Jewel of Barcelona (Hint: name starts with G)

"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator." - Antoni Gaudí  I've always appreciated architecture, but not so much that I remember … [Read more...]

Holidays in Barcelona — and what we missed out on as American kids

  Merry Christmas from Barcelona!!!    As we were walking through the Christmas markets on the 23rd, I kept seeing figurines of a little man crapping right next to the typical … [Read more...]

Siurana: A medieval village in Spain

As we walked (you can't drive) through this medieval village with cobblestone streets and winding passageways, I tried to picture the Moors in the 11th century fighting off the Christians, … [Read more...]

The Itchy Witch in France ‘n’ Disco

While we were in San Francisco applying for our residency visas in Spain, we left our tiny Chinatown hotel room to take Soleil to Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. "The coldest winter I ever … [Read more...]

Hookers, Rushmore and Limestone: Badass South Dakota

I read the above Vonnegut quote while in South Dakota and found ample opportunity to heed its message.   I think Soleil did, too. Hallelujah! she said, as she hiked the mile uphill to the … [Read more...]