Once upon a time about a year ago in a land far away to the East, a crown woke up. Now this Crown was unlike any other, for it was…

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I love the outdoors. I love cycling. I love coffee. Imagine my delight when I spotted the billboard for the Bike & Bean on Highway 179 in Sedona, Arizona, right…

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 A slightly spicy aroma from various mountain herbs, blending with the fragrance of the most beautiful and colourful alpine flowers, seems more immediate and intensive with the sun standing at…

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A year ago today my husband nearly died on this mountain.  That morning, he woke up complaining that he had dreamt of "the skeleton who cuts the hay." "Not hay!"…

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Upon waking on my first day at vigilius mountain resort, I was transfixed by the stunning vista in front of me through the open curtained windows.  Wonderful mountains, soaring spruce…

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7:30 am.  The alarm rings.  Getting up is somehow easier today.  I look out of the window and laugh.  Yesterday it snowed the entire day.  Today the sun shines brilliantly…

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It triggers several moods in my brain at the same time, including these: hilarity with good friends after having toasted a round of Gin Martinis before a thrilling off-Broadway show;…

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San Leo – a small Italian hamlet of four or five farms nestled in the hilly landscape between Urbino and Fano.  Each and every house here looks like it has…

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