Italy

We’re on Vacation!

We’ve been celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary and visiting our favorite city to celebrate, Florence, Italy. So we don’t have a lot of time to write this week. We decided to give you a moment of zen, watching the crews working out on the Arno River with the Ponte Vecchio in the background. We’ll have […]

With Disappointment Often Comes Opportunity

With Disappointment Often Comes Opportunity

I’m sure we’ve mentioned our love affair with Florence, Italy before. We’ve mentioned how we began our romance there, honeymooned there, and spent our five-year anniversary there, each time staying in the exact same hotel room “our room” at the Pendini Hotel on Piazza della Repubblica. We were deeply saddened when we went to book […]

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 […]