A Prayer for Notre Dame

Two days ago, on Monday April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris went up in flames.  Every newscaster referred to the cathedral as ‘iconic’ and it is.  As of this date more of the cathedral survived than originally feared but much was destroyed.  Here’s a link […]

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Firenze, old and new

This year (2018)  my sister and I spent 10 days in Firenze.  Last year I spent two weeks in Firenze at a language school and I was excited to show my sister some new places plus go to our old favorites.  However, some of our plans went awry due to bad weather in one case, […]

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Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme, one more time Montecatini Terme was a last minute choice as I struggled with our 2018 itinerary.  When my sister said she wanted to see Assisi, I originally thought we could travel by train from Bologna to Arezzo, then to Perugia (with side trips to Assisi and Cortona) then Chianti and Firenze.  But […]

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Perugia, Lake Trasimeno, Assisi and Cortona

I’ve written in some other posts that I chose Perugia as part of our 2018 itinerary because my sister wanted to see Assisi and it seemed like the best location for getting there.  I had also hoped to see some of the other towns of Umbria, known as the ‘green heart’ of Italy, but found […]

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Forty Eight Hours in Bologna

I’m not sure I can explain how we ended up in Bologna for our first two days in Italy 2018 without making readers’ eyes glaze over.  Over the years I’d become interested in how Bologna and Emilia Romagna in general had become something of a culinary destination.  Plus I was fascinated by the fact that […]

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Sempre Chianti

Every time I have the privilege of going to Italy, I wonder if it’s my last time.  I hope this wasn’t my last trip to Chianti but if it was, it couldn’t have been more beautiful–crystal clear blue skies, warm sun, fall colors. Getting There To get there though, and pretty much to stay anywhere […]

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Sixteen Hours in Istanbul

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Several years ago, I saw an ad in a travel magazine in which Turkish Airlines stated that it was voted the number one airline in Europe.  When I researched their routes and fares, I found that the fares were lower than most other airlines but every flight from the U.S. had […]

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Venice

In the past I’d never had a burning desire to see Venice, having heard it called Disneyland and a shopping mall with a river running through it.  But once my sister and I booked a cruise to the Greek Islands which started in Venice, we decided to add another night and day to (what should […]

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Florence and Fiesole, parte due

This post will be an extension of my first Florence post as well as my Flying Solo and Attitude is Everything posts.  If anyone out there read the latter posts, they know that when I published them, I was getting ready to head to Florence to take a two week course in Italian. I took […]

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Verona and Padua

I started this article while I was still in Verona but got sidetracked leaving for Venice and then the Greek Islands.  Verona (and the Veneto) has a different ambiance (for lack of a better word) than other towns and cities I’ve visited in Italy and not at all what I expected. After reading the section on […]

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