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Welcome – Wilkommen – Bienvenido – Bienvenue – Benvenuto – Bainvegni

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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I Know…


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There aren’t a lot of aspects of this life that are certain. I always imagined a deep sense of clarity would wash over me as I aged. Truth be told, some aspects of my life have become abundantly clear, but most are still in the realm of gray. Perhaps that is the beauty of aging, we are still inclined to learn, to seek and to ponder with an open mind.

I was inspired to create this small piece entitled, “I Know” after reading a post on a great little blog: How to Paint the Sky.

I Know….

I know that there is nothing that some fresh air and a beautiful view cannot fix.

Great View of the Valley

I know the power of nature and do my best to appreciate all it has to offer.


I know that a smile can go a long way.

Stockhorn, Switzerland

I know that if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

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I know that time slips away quickly, so it is my job to make the most of today.


I know that eating well is never a mistake, a waste of time or too costly.  And yes, I am a HUGE proponent of organic foods for so many reasons.

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I know to never apologize for what I believe to be true.

Oeschinensee, Switzerland

I know that being nice is not always in my best interest as a woman.


I know there is nothing better than a warm embrace and the smell of a loved one in my arms.


I know that taking risks is often what makes this life worth while.


I know that no one values a weak handshake.


I know that being your genuine self, is the only self to be!

Photo of the Week – August 21st


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In the southern part of Iceland, near Vik, you can find the beach at Reynisdrangar.  Great landscape during a setting sun, strong rip currents, and basalt cliffs make this a memorable spot.  For more on Iceland (with photos), visit a few of our other posts: Black and White Iceland; The Kid’s and the Plane; Reykjavik; and in Iceland When


The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past eight–years (of living abroad) and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday.)



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A funny thing happens when you love where you live…you compare the world to your new home.


It is not to say that we have become immune to natural wonders of this world or have become cavalier to all that still awaits. We are still eager to get out there; to see what this world has to offer and appreciate each new experience, but Switzerland, oh damn you Switzerland for all the pleasures you have bestowed upon us.


Your impressive peaks, translucent streams, endless opportunities to ramble through gorgeous meadows, over mountains, through snow on your meticulously marked trails.  Your cabins that have been built in the most remote of locations and your sunsets that leave tears in our eyes. Yeah your natural beauty has spoiled us and left us to wonder what on earth could ever compare to you?


Your visions linger and we are left to unwillingly compare you to every new country, each new glacier, mountain and lake we visit. Truth be told, many often pale in comparison.


For you are chock full of gorgeous mountains, serene landscapes, crystal clear lakes, hidden valleys, remarkable passes, incredible transportation that never leaves us stranded and all so close to home. No need to wait in security lines, no planes to board, we simply walk to the train station to be whisked away to one more of your stunning locations, while our hearts pound with anticipation.


We ventured into your world unknowing, only to leave changed, humbled and deeply content. We love to call you home, we are eager to send our children into your schools, to sleep under your stars and to dance in your rains.


Switzerland, you have dished out more than we can possibly chew and you have left us with no other choice but to fall deeply in love with you. We always longed to find that one place in this world that fills us so deeply, so truly that we adore uttering the words “home” whenever we speak your name.


But before we part ways, please don’t think that Switzerland is the only country in this world that has run its fingers through our hair, tousled us around and left us speechless…there is still one other country that gets us every time we utter its name. Stayed tuned for that game changer.


Photo of the Week – Aug 16th


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Approximately two and a half hours North of Bergen, Norway, and many tunnels later, the town of Aurland, Norway marks the start (and/or finish) of a beautiful pass between fjords.

The Aulandsvegan Road is well worth the trip, but be aware that this popular route is often congested with cars, making passing difficult at times on the single lane road.  Drive with caution and yield to those coming down the mountain!

Once high above, the road widens along with the views.  One such view, which is a welcomed break from the narrow traffic, is the Stegastein viewpoint (seen below).


The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past eight–years (of living abroad) and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday.)

Beneath My Feet


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As part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet, I find myself high above the Triftsee, near the Trift Glacier and the Trift Hanging Bridge.  For more on this, be sure to follow our blog for several upcoming posts on this amazing hike in the Swiss Alps!



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