There must be hundreds, possibly thousands, of travel blogs so why another one? Maybe I’m egotistical enough to think I have something to share but mostly I would like to become a forum, possibly, to hear from others with similar experiences. Plus my own blog gives me more freedom to express my opinion. Over the past few years I’ve started writing reviews for one of the major travel sites but there are limits to what one can say on those sites, both the good and the bad. Plus I have some beautiful pictures that I would love to share with those who enjoy the places I love. Above all I will try always to be honest and accurate and hopefully my obsession with journaling will assist me with that goal. I also have a tiny hope that someone I’ve met on my travels will see my blog and get in touch with me.
My domain name, terravita, references the Mediterranean because southern France and Italy (and hopefully Greece and maybe Croatia at some point) have become my ‘go to’ travel destinations whenever I’ve had a few pennies to spend on travel. I would like to think that despite my red hair and Scottish heritage that I was Italian in another life. I find the art, architecture, history and food of both southern France and Italy amazing, and had an opportunity in 2015 to compare both Provence, the Riviera (for the first time) and Italy (for the 7th time) more directly. At that time I placed Italy slightly above France (for reasons discussed in my ‘Provence, Provence,’) blog but this fall we traveled from Florence to Rome to Lucca and found myself wanting to go back to the Cote d’Azur. But more of that later.
The blogs I’ve written and intend to post in the near future include: “Provence, Provence wherefore art thou Provence?” “The Riviera for the Uncool” “Favorite Towns and Cities in Italy.” The latter will be an ongoing blog focused on the smaller towns and I plan to write separately about some of the larger cities such as Florence/Fiesole and Siena. Some of my blogs I’m taking directly from my travel journals and my hope is that this will set my blogs apart from the others- – at least a little.
As an aside, I spent a month in Spain in the mid nineties and logically should include it in my blog. But I have to admit that I just didn’t connect with Spain the way I have with Italy and France. So for now I won’t write about that experience.
I do want to give credit to my sister, Susan, my niece, Rachelle and my daughter, Laura for many of the amazing photos.