the French connection

Coming back home from France with my youngest kid I am realizing once again what a great gift it is to have grandparents and family living abroad. As long as I can remember it has always been an adventure to visit my French family. My first flight as a 3 year old (yes, in the early 80’s) was from Vienna to Paris. Obviously things have changed since then, but it is still as exciting for me to see my grandparents waiting for me at the airport.

Having my little one with me, and seeing him diving into French culture and claiming only after 5 days that he’s half French made me happy. A peek into our days filled with laughter, joy, tears and dreams.















Au revoir et à bientôt,



a changing picture

it´s a picture in front of me that gets changed every day. nothing stays the same. i am standing right there. standing and moving at the same time. i am not the same. this is a journey through the seasons. I am ready for spring.

I am a very, very lucky person who´s able to enjoy this view almost on a daily basis. This is Burg Liechtenstein in Austria.

Good Morning

Good Morning

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NO! Don´t smile …. it´s a PASSPORT PHOTO!

I´ve had several moments this week that made me think of this recent post:

You might have asked yourself this already several times: Why are women with kids – so called “Mama´s”  always late?  Why are they never on time?  What kind of things keep them busy all day long? Why don´t they blog more often? (hmm – didn´t I say something about every other day or so!? )

Okay  –  here´s a simple task:

get a passport photo from a 3-year-old. A 3-year-old -that just turned 3- and literally thinks that he can now rule the world. His world.

After 25 minutes on his knees I felt sorry for the guy at Walgreens and went back home. Why should´nt I try it myself  ….. ???

See yourself:
 NOOOO - don´t smile

it´s a moment

it’s a moment

its only a moment

it’s a moment

full of life

melanie  d.-t.,  dec 2014

sharing some of my favorite moments of 2014

happy new year and all the best to all of you.


raindrops and the north

raindrops and the north



may 1st

May 1st celebration


la france


abbekas – sweden and legoland


denmark – sweet moments


germany – elbe fährt


loose tooth




romantic days in france




welcome – nebraska





it does make sense – trust your instincts

Aren´t you sad too that this time of the year is over again? It seems like I just lit the first candle of our advent wreath, and now I am already thinking of cleaning up.

I had little to no access to my MacBook the last days and to be honest, I did´t feel like it either. I needed to rest and open my eyes to a new day and simply drink coffee while writing my personal morning pages. I just started writing again after I had not done so for a while. I want to feel more, not less. It´s a time commitment that I sometimes just can´t afford. But today I knew I wanted to nurture myself with something I like to do. Blogging is one thing that intrigues me. There are definitely days where I´ve  been critiquing myself for taking away that time and thinking that it doesn´t make any sense. Today I know whether it makes sense or not I am willing to create something. I am willing to share  some of my thoughts and photos I´ve taken the last days before Christmas as part of the December Photo Project.

Whenever you doubt that writing down your thoughts, inspirations or ideas is the right thing to do, then simply do it. Trust your instincts. You are taking care of yourself that way, and with that said, you´ve done the right thing.

Wishing all of you happy days with your loved ones and a happy new year 2015!

christmas moments  – december 16 th until december 24th 
DPP 2014 by #dpp2014
december 24th - the christkind
the view. the one and only

smoking chimney


its getting cold


Grossarltal in Salzburg, where we spend some days before Christmas. How lucky.

mountain christmas market

This mountain christmas market is one of the places you want to be during christmas time. Perfect. Sweet. Lovely. Unique. For more impressions of that spot in Austria read more: pure as water


Christmas singers
On the way
It´s me. Enjoying that moment.

It´s me. Enjoying that moment.

pedal power at the christmas market

Because it’s Christmas and time’s running … I am sharing something that I’ve discovered last Christmas:

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Christmas lights, wooden huts, old churches, …. the smell of mulled wine. It´s been 3 years since I treated myself with a hot Glühwein (mulled wine) at one of the many christmas markets around Vienna. I ve hosted one of a kind christmas market party in Nebraska last christmas and made 15 litre punsch for my friends and neighbors. Lovely, but I don´t know if I could transport the feeling of that tradition over the ocean.

It is simply magnificent, beautiful and delicious. I can´t get around all those treats. Cream cups for example.

My AWesome find for this week though is that healthy pedal powered carousel at Karlsplatz Christmas market in Vienna.
Artists from Theater Mowetz in Vienna built the merry-go-round out of flea market finds and trash.

Don´t you just wanna be a child and moan:”mommy, mommy pleeeeaaaaassssseeee






sorting and thinking through

Three doctors appointments and some painkillers later….. I’m back.
Where does time go? It’s only my daughter and I who have been sick for the last couple days, but there was little to no time left for that moment of quiet to think about the day, the moments that are staying with you, the pictures taken, the sorting and the thinking about the day.
But still the daily has to be done… the dishes, the laundry, the mail, ….

Some days I do better, some days I don’t.

Today I am doing better, I’m sharing more than one picture. It’s about the last days. December 4th – 8th of the #dpp2014






watch this spectacle again and again


Next week we are heading to France, where part of my family comes from. I ve visited my family last August after our return from the States. It has been an unforgettable weekend, that I was so thankful for to experience.

I visited the City of Chartres for the first time, as my cousin has settled there the last year and I couldn’t have asked for a better moment to return to France. In the midst of the night we arrived downtown and the first thing I saw was the illuminated cathedral of Chartres. I could sit there the whole night and watch this spectacle again and again.

Chapeau et à bientôt!

Chartres en lumières

See a teaser for this magnificent event on YouTube: Chartres at night




throwing pebbles and how this makes you happy


When did you last time throw pebbles into water?

Last weekend we went on a little adventure with our kids and went to the Myra Falls in Lower Austria.
There are more than 60 footbridges along the path which makes the hike easy and enjoyable for the kids.
We ve had a lovely rest after walking for 3 hours at the Gasthof Karnerwirt and had some traditional coffee Melange and Somlauer Nockerln. Sweet life! Seeing my kids roam and jump around, throwing pebbles and being exhausted at night, makes me feel complete. Love nature.








see more about the myra falls: