French Brocante Shopping - Native Gypsies

Shopping at the mall and boutiques is fine and dandy, but there’s something special about hunting for old treasure (a treasure with a story behind it). Looking for a deal on vintage decor and apparel is half the fun, and the other half is giving something old a new life. When my husband and I first landedContinue reading

Christmas in the Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter - Native Gypsies

Have you seen the movie The Holiday? Cameron Diaz does a house swap with Kate Winslet and spends her holiday in an English countryside stone cottage. When I told my brother- and sister-in-law we were looking for somewhere to visit during the Christmas season, they set the scene for a perfect holiday in the Cotswolds (just like the movie).Continue reading

Dane County farmer's market

Passing through Madison on a Saturday? People watch and join in on the fun as locals and tourists stroll the ring around the Capitol, sample, shop, listen to music and relax on the Capitol Square lawn. I’d heard the Capitol farmer’s market was the “best in the country.” Claims like that are worth an inquiry! While weContinue reading


You’re in for a treat today, as you get a sneak peak into the tiny, fantastical world of Jessy Muller. Since you’ll undoubtedly adore her, as I do, we’ll spotlight her again in the future as she travels around the U.S. in her vintage ’70s camper. Before she departs on her tour, discover how she lives lifeContinue reading


Planning a trip to the Napa Valley wine country? When my husband (then boyfriend) and I planned our stay, we sought out an apartment or B&B that felt connected to the local community and culture. We found it on Airbnb with this five star Wine Country Private Guest Suite in the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Napa. Here’s my five reasonsContinue reading

Brooke Ziegler Gilbert Arizona Superstition Mountains Native Gypsies

Discover life in the desert, Native Gypsies style. A photo posted by Native Gypsies (@nativgypsies) on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:20pm PDT My husband and I traveled to the Phoenix/Mesa area to meet up with my parents as soon as we returned home from our winter in Slovakia. Join along for a Southwest photo tour of healthyContinue reading


Get out in nature to see and smell Springtime! Go on a photo tour with us through Minnesota, Arizona and Florida to SPRING into a world of COLOR. Minnesota #Tulip Awake! Get out in #nature and celebrate #earthweek ( #spring in #minnesota ) -Brooke #red #flower #flowerstagram #flowersoftheday #floweroftheday #flowersofinstagram #plant A photo posted by NativeContinue reading


Ljubljana, the hidden tourist gem of Europe, is such a treasure I’m almost hesitant to share its magic. The capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana (AKA “Dragon City“) is filled with good food, good wine and plenty of green (it’s the European Green Capital of 2016). I could get used to this view. And it lights up green at night! (Continue reading

Compassion. Pass it on.

To the worker at the Budapest Airport who stole four 1000 forint bills from my luggage, thank you for inspiring me to write this and reminding me that compassion is a virtue that we should never allow anyone or anything to steal from us. Karma (as defined by Google) is When we take things that aren’t ours to possess, theContinue reading