The Greek Islands and the Dalmatian Coast

Before I get to the topic of this blog, I have to write a short discourse on ‘cruising.’ My sister had wanted to go to the Greek Islands forever and the only logical way seemed to be on a cruise.  While she had been on a Caribbean cruise, I had never cruised and had no […]

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Attitude is Everything

  I’ve been threatening to write this article ever since I started my blog but it seems especially relevant now (September 2017).  As I mentioned in my most recent post, Flying Solo, I’m leaving for Italy September 21st and will spend the first two weeks alone, living in an apartment in Florence while attending a […]

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Flying solo

My love for travel I’m not sure what genetic mutation made me yearn to travel from the time I was in high school but I certainly didn’t pass it on to my daughter although it may have skipped a generation to her older son–time will tell there, but he at least has the beginnings of […]

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Ostuni and the Puglia

This post will overlap somewhat with my Flying Solo post  since my experience in this area came through a volunteer trip helping teach English in Ostuni. According to the travel guides,  summer in the Puglia region of southern Italy is hot and dry which may account for the fact that there seem to be fewer […]

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Places to Eat

Restaurants, wine bars and other fun places Before I write about some of my favorite restaurants (plus a few places to avoid or that were disappointing) I want to talk about why I generally love the dining experience in France and Italy.  My daughter says I’m the slowest eater in the Western Hemisphere and maybe […]

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Rome

This will be a fairly short article, at least for me, since this past September 2016 was my first visit to Rome and we only had two nights and a day and a half there.  But I wanted to share a few thoughts and pictures on what we did. Since our walking tour ended in […]

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The Towns of Chianti

Florence and Fiesole as well as Siena and San Gimignano are the topics of separate posts.  This article will be about the smaller towns of Chianti that I’ve come to love.  It will also be an ongoing article as I add towns and more information. On my first bike trip to Italy we started at […]

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Siena to St. Gimignano

Between Siena and San Gimignano Usually the centerpiece of any article about Siena is the incredible Duomo; however I’ve included a discussion of it in my Cathedrals and Abbeys  post and will focus on a theme similar to the one I used for Florence/Firenze–walking and people watching. I saw Siena for the first time on […]

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Florence and Fiesole

It’s difficult to know where to start in writing about Florence (Firenze) and Fiesole. I fell in love with the city the first time I came following a bike trip and have returned 7 times since then.  One of my favorite memories from that trip was walking down a narrow street from my hotel on […]

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Cathedrals and Abbeys

Prologue I dedicate this article to my mother, Shirley Marguerite McNeil Wright, 1920 to 2009, who lived by the principle of leaving the world a better place.  She was a staunch Methodist but loved going to the St. Cecilia Cathedral flower show (Omaha, NE).  I went this past January 2017 for the first time since […]

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