Italy

Making Time for the City Frozen in It

Making Time for the City Frozen in It

We are only four months from our anniversary trip to Italy and we thought we’d share one of the pieces from our itinerary. We’ve tried to incorporate a visit to Pompeii on our previous visits to satisfy our love of history. The time and distance of Naples (Pompeii) from our beloved Tuscany has always become an […]

A Permanent Vacation … Someday?

A Permanent Vacation … Someday?

I do a lot of travel planning and the down-side of most of the trips are that the visits are for only a limited time. You have to go back again and again to get a real sense of what it is like to live like a local. The first trip, you are just wowed so […]

It’s Small, But Important

A riddle: Which country’s area is only 110 acres and has the smallest population worldwide, yet it also boasts the most “members” at 1.2 billion (almost the population of China)? It’s also considered one of the richest countries, yet estimates itself to be one of the poorest, valuing its most priceless assets at $0. The answer: The […]

Romantic Places in My Mind

Romantic Places in My Mind

The 14th of February is coming up fast and it has me reminiscing about some of the more romantic places we’ve visited. So, here they are in no particular order. I remember one of my first times visiting Greece and the island of Ios, where the great poet Homer is buried. I climbed up the rocky hill across […]

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

Venice: Leave Your Rolling Luggage at Home

If you’re planning a visit to Venice, choose your luggage carefully. The city council is said to be considering a ban on rolling luggage, at least for tourists. While residents would still be allowed to use bags with wheels, tourists could be fined $620. The rationale? Rolling luggage is noisy on the city’s labyrinth of […]

Top Six Films Set in Tuscany

We’ve had a very busy last couple of weeks; there’s been a new job, a new apartment, a new city. We’ve both lived in the same town most of our lives so this has been a big change. The one thing we didn’t want to change was our dedication to at least post something up […]

Christmas Traditions Around the World

The idea of trimming a tree isn’t universal, even in countries with large Christian populations. Greece is 95% Greek Orthodox and you will seldom see a tree, except in a store window.  The main symbol of the season is a wooden cross with basil wrapped around it, kept fresh using a bowl of holy water. […]

A Short Stay in the Eternal City

When we hear someone speak of Rome the name alone evokes imagery of togas, Gladiators, pasta and more than 2,800 years of history. It’s called the Eternal City for a reason, and with all that history there are plenty of highlights to fill any trip. I have a short list based on a 2-day time […]

A Visit to Venice

It was mentioned to me in passing recently that my post were a little heavy on the Hellanism (Greece).  So in this post we’ll take a look at Venice, Italy and best bets when visiting the city. I would first like to explain if you are just visiting Earth from a far-off planet (welcome!), the […]

Walking Inferno: Part 2

Again, if you haven’t read Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, don’t worry. While this post does reveal some of the locations the characters visit, it does not contain any plot spoilers. In our first Walking Inferno post we left our hero and heroine standing in front of a nondescript door next to a grotto in the […]