Istanbul’s Historic Jewish Neighborhood, Kuzguncuk

Caitlin Alaina - March 18, 2017

Most of my daily life is on the European side of Istanbul, so when Lale Magazine asked me to feature a colorful and historic Asian neighborhood of the city, I was thrilled! Unlike America, whose suburbs are new and modern, the neighborhoods of Istanbul have hundreds, and even thousands of years of history. Kuzguncuk retains incredible Jewish history, old family traditions and 19th century wooden houses.

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Expat Strives to Empower Women through Football

Caitlin Alaina - March 7, 2017

March 8th is International Women’s Day! It wasn’t until I moved abroad and experienced different cultures that I truly appreciated taking a day to celebrate women all over the world. This article highlights an Istanbul expat who cultivated a community of women that find strength in each other and football, to be powerful women in the Turkish society. 

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Beach Day in Tel Aviv, Israel

Caitlin Alaina - February 4, 2017

Shalom! Tel Aviv is an exotic version of Miami. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, world class restaurants, thriving nightlife, plus ancient history!  This cosmopolitan city isn’t to be overlooked on your trip to Israel. One relaxing beach day in Tel Aviv is just what we needed before exploring more of the country!  Renting a car is super easy and definitely a cheaper way to go if you’re …

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Christmas and The Question, “Why?”

Caitlin Alaina - December 22, 2016

Thoughts on Christmas this year…and a peak at our Christmas Photos. “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, …

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Cinnamon Crumble Topped Banana Bread

Caitlin Alaina - October 14, 2016

This week marks the first official week of basketball season for Jon! The start of a new season is always very exciting but it’s also the beginning of mad traveling for my man. (Not so exciting.) Jon’s not a ‘big breakfast’ kind of guy. He would sleep until noon and bypass breakfast all together if he could. So to get a meal in him before a …

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Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu, Austria!

Caitlin Alaina - October 7, 2016

The history of Salzburg and the charm of Hallstatt had me thinking it would be tough for Vienna to compete. Boy was I wrong! Vienna is a city rich in art, a historical hub of famous musicians, keeper of Imperial Palaces and host of some crazy delicious street food. We took the fast train from Salzburg to Vienna and checked into our perfectly located Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth. It was steps …

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Fairy Tale Town… Hallstatt, Austria

Caitlin Alaina - October 2, 2016

The village of Hallstatt is straight out of a Fairy Tale. Hallstatt sits on the edge of a beautiful lake (Hallst√§tter See) framed by the Dachstein mountains (a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps). The village is Austria’s oldest and is recognized for holding the world’s first known salt mine. Populated with just over 700 people, Hallstatt is small and can be explored in a day. After discreetly dropping out …

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