A few weeks before we were due for Hungary, we got a quick email from our friend Gabi that said, “If you can stay until October 2nd, the family is getting together for a pig slaughter.”  Gabe and I consulted our calendar and rearranged a couple flights and voila! we could attend.  One thing that [...]


I had heard about the French Riviera, and the Cote d’Azur, but I always assumed that it was just like Malibu, or maybe Cancun, with a nice beach, some towns and a few stars.  It turns out that I way underestimated it.  The Cote d’Azur is a stunning stretch of aqua blue Mediterranean coastline with [...]

Who was Gabriel?

Some stories, a few faded pictures, and a name, that’s all I have from my great grandfather Gabriel.  I guess that a name is a lot though.  What I don’t have is a real impression of him, as I never met him.  Every cousin or uncle or relation that I’ve talked to have used the [...]