Learning the Italian Language

Ten years ago I couldn’t understand Italian and I couldn’t speak Italian. I hesitated to travel to Italy because I was intimidated by the language barrier. I am so glad that has changed, because since then, I have fallen in … Continued

Travel Tips in Italy – Embrace the Italian Lifestyle

After seven trips to Italy I have learned a lot about the Italian lifestyle.  Although there are lots of articles, blogs and books written with great travel tips for Italy, I have jotted down just a few things to keep … Continued

Winners Announced! My Love Affair with Sicily

Grazie a tutti! Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and registered for a chance to win a copy of My Love Affair with Sicily. I was amazed by the number of hits on my blog in just … Continued

Book Signing and Book Reviews

This weekend I was honored to be the guest author at a Meet the Author event for Leonardo’s Italian Book Club, which is connected to Leonardo’s Italian Link, the Italian club I first joined when I started studying the Italian … Continued

Book Promotions and Events

Great news today! Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive about “Memoirs of Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy.” Today on Amazon the eBook hit #5 for the first time in the Bestseller List for books … Continued

Golden Day Eighty-One: Portofino with Margie Miklas

Thank you to Susan Van Allen for offering me this opportunity to write about one of my favorite places in Italy!

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler Hits #15 in Amazon Kindle Solo Travel Category

I want to say thank you to anyone who has bought my book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy. It has hit the #15 spot on the Amazon Kindle solo travel category. The numbers update … Continued

Solo Travel Book Update

I promised an update on my recently published book, “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler” and this is it. I appreciate all the positive feedback from everyone and am happy to report that in the first week I have had over … Continued

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy

I have exciting news today! No I am not leaving anytime soon for Italy but my book has just been published! This is my first book, and it is based on my blog and the three months I spent in … Continued

Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

I always knew some of these things to be true and some of the others took me completely by surprise. See how many of these you know.  I must give credit to David Hoffman, who is the author of “Little … Continued

News from Italy

It seems like Italy is desperate to find ways to make money. Now they are fining dog owners in Molise if their dogs bark between certain hours. Molise is the region where my paternal grandparents were born, although not this … Continued

Long Driving Day in Italy

May 19 Before leaving Teresa’s I walked to Caffe’ Augusto where I remembered having delicious cannoli and cappuccino last year with my sister-in-law Monica. I couldn’t leave Sicily without a cannoli so I bought one and an assortment of Italian … Continued

Travel in Italy – A Great Day in Sicily

May 18 Taormina and Caltagirone After the luxury of a cruise, staying in hotels for one night at a time is not so appealing and probably not the best idea. Note to self for future trips: Plan better on this … Continued

Travel in Italy – Leaving Verona

Monday May 7 It’s a gorgeous day in Verona. The sun is shining and it is supposed to be in the low 70’s. After breakfast and my morning cappuccino Sue and I walked to Piazza Bra to get the Hop … Continued

More on Italian Laws

I think it’s interesting to discover differences between the laws in the U.S. and the laws in Italy. Many are similar and others are very different, perhaps a commentary on the differences in lifestyles. Some of Italy’s laws seem really … Continued

Writing, Photo Books, Art Museums and Trip Plans

Well it’s been awhile since I posted here and for good reason. Besides work and planning my trip to Italy I have been busy writing my book and  have finally started putting together the first of three photos books from … Continued

Eating in Italy – Outdoor Trattorias, Restaurants, and More

I don’t pretend to know the difference between trattorias, osterias, restaurants, or cafés in Italy. All I know is that whenever I had the chance I would always choose to eat outside. There is just something about the atmosphere that … Continued

Outdoor Shrines in Italy

In many places throughout Italy I found tiny “shrines” embedded into the old walls, and most of these were of the Virgin Mary. I thought these were really interesting and wondered who had taken the time to build these into … Continued

Language Classes, Writing, Note Cards, Travel Planning and More

Lately I have been exerting much of my energy into several projects and really enjoying them. I have started taking a conversational Italian class with Lori, the same teacher from whom I had taken the Italian grammar classes prior to … Continued

Caltagirone

Saturday May 21 Before we went to the ceramics shop we drove around Caltagirone and had to see La Scalinetta with its 142 steps of hand-painted ceramics. Since it was May, the steps were decorated with flowers creating a beautiful … Continued

Margie in Italy
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