Nicole is a Swiss-certified ski instructor who has taught skiing at places like Davos, Waterville Valley, and Mammoth Mountain.

A few years ago, we made a side trip to the Swiss-Italian part. We love the town of Ascona, on the shore of the Lago Maggiore.

Nicole and I took a memorable sunset bike ride through Paris, and this photo was taken around 9:30 p.m. on a warm July evening.

Nicole trying to explain to our daughter, Andrea (center) and Andrea's sister-in-law, Olivia, that the Alpine hike is just beginning.

Nicole and I love to ski in the Swiss Alps, where the mountains are stunning and gorgeous.

My wife, Nicole, was born in Basel, Switzerland, and grew up loving the mountains. We love to go for hikes through Alpine meadows and pass by centuries-old farmhouses and see the Swiss cows.