Italy Photo of the Day

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  I love watching Antonio, almost fourteen, as he walks arm in arm with his dad in the streets of Sicily. This scene is not one commonly seen in America, which is why I appreciate its meaning. If you are … Continued

New Audiobook ~ My Love Affair with Sicily

I’m pleased to announce that MY LOVE AFFAIR with SICILY is now also available as an audiobook! Available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Narrated by me, you’ll be able to listen to my voice as I recount experiences in this … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The seaside town of Scilla  is a beautiful and delightful fishing village in Reggio Calabria. Have you visited Scilla or driven past this picturesque town on your way back from Sicily? I’d love to hear your your thoughts. Please leave … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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My maternal grandparents were born in the small village of Cesarò, located in the Messina province of Sicily. I sense a real emotional connection here and truly feel at home. I cannot describe this wonderful feeling except to say that … Continued

Italian Lifestyle Photos – Only in Italy

I take photos everywhere I go in Italy. I find beauty on a narrow street and tranquility in the setting sun, but I also  seem to be drawn to unique circumstances, which are part of the Italian lifestyle. These situations … Continued

People of Italy – Photo of the Day

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This couple in Sorrento touched my heart, like so many people of Italy do. They owned and operated this shop in Sorrento, and were so kind to me, allowing me to photograph them and look around their workshop. The expressions … Continued

Seaside Photos in Italy

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Beautiful beach scenes and seaside views abound in Italy. Since Italy is a peninsula with two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily, plus countless smaller islands, it’s not surprising  to discover these beach scenes in Italy.  As you know I love … Continued

Views of Italy – Photo of the Day

  Italy is a photographer’s dream, with views to die for everywhere I go. So to choose one place where the view is a favorite is impossible…Enjoy just a few of my most memorable scenes from my travels to Bella … Continued

Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea … Continued

Winter Storms Blanket Italy in Snow

Snow at Greek Theatre in Taormina, Sicily by @giovannicappuccino Winter has definitely arrived in Italy, and the frigid temperatures and yes, even nevicata, snowfall, has reached the mezzogiorno, as far south as Sicily, even at low altitudes, along the coast. … Continued

Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I … Continued

Italian Way of Life – Photo of the Day

This older Sicilian couple captured my heart as I walked behind them in Trapani one evening during passeggiata, the traditional evening stroll in Italy. They seem to understand what so many of us forget, that spending time together is one … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals Part 3

Here we are in Sicilia! These #2SicilianGals certainly made the most of our ten days in Sicily on our European road trip  in Sicily. (Thank you Auto Europe) There is no way to write about all the places we saw … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals

Ciao from Sicilia! After seven days into our road trip in Sicily,  these #2SicilianGals have put on close to 2000 km on our rental car (Thanks Auto Europe). Victoria and I have traveled from the northwest corner of Sicily to … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals Palermo to Trapani

Andiamo a Sicilia! #2SicilianGals begin our European road trip in Sicily. After arriving in Palermo and retrieving our rental car at Palermo Airport, formerly known as formerly Punta Raisi Airport, Victoria and I are hitting the road. First stop some … Continued

Giardini-Naxos: Where the Locals Go in Sicily

The small seaside Sicilian town of Giardini-Naxos is not well-known but it is situated on the Ionian Sea, just below the very popular resort city of Taormina. It is a beautiful stretch of beach and has lots of great reasonably … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

I am always drawn to these trucks in Italy with produce for sale. These mobile fruit and vegetable stations are especially convenient in small towns. This one is in Riposto, a small commune on the eastern coast of Sicily. This … Continued

Headed to Sicily – Travel Plans

I’ll be headed to Sicily soon and I’m flying into Palermo from Naples on  Volotea, one of the economy airlines in Europe. I’ve flown them before and had a good experience. You just have to be careful of the weight … Continued

Caltagirone – Hilltop Italy Town

A view of another hill town in Italy – This one from the Sicilian Baroque town of Caltagirone, a city of about 40,000 people. Not on the radar for too many travelers to Italy, this is one of my favorite places … Continued

The Italian Lifestyle

I love seeing these roadside fruit and vegetable shops on wheels. I noticed this one in the seaside town of Riposto, south of Taormina in Sicily. Really when you think about it, this is a perfect business – it’s mobile … Continued

Taormina’s Greek Theater – Teatro Greco

Taormina is one of the most popular and beautiful places in Sicily. It was my first stop in Sicily and I fell in love immediately. I’d recommend this classy resort city to anyone planning a trip to Sicilia, the southern … Continued

Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

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A day in the life of this elderly Italian man in Palermo, a shoemaker who makes men’s shoes by hand. I am always intrigued watching skilled craftsmen at work in Italy. If you want to read more about this shoemaker … Continued

Life in Sicily – Photo of the Day

On the streets of Sicily you’ll find real people, the locals who work hard and take pride in everything they do. They do it with a smile and in my experience, they always seem happy to engage in conversation. It’s … Continued

Sicily Travel Tips

Each time I visit Sicily I learn something valuable to make travel there a little easier, and here are a few  Sicily travel tips,  based on my personal  experience traveling in Sicily. As you know by now, Sicily is the … Continued

Where the Locals Go for Gelato in Sicily

Most travelers to Italy have never heard of Riposto, the small commune on the eastern coast of Sicily. Either did I until a few years ago, when my Sicilian friends insisted that we go there, explaining to me that this … Continued

Gelato – Italy’s Sweet Treat to the World

Gelato is one of Italy’s great gifts to the world, and once you have tasted authentic Italian gelato, you understand why this is true. Italians consider gelato to be their ice cream, but it really is quite different from American … Continued

New Release ~ My Love Affair with Sicily is now Available

Great news! It is definitely time to celebrate with some prosecco or vino! Or maybe some Sicilian NERO D’AVOLA! As of today My Love Affair with Sicily is  available on Amazon in both editions, the Kindle version as well as … 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

Last Chance to Win a Copy of My Love Affair with Sicily

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Ciao miei amici! Buon lunedi! I am in a flurry of activity working to finalize the process of publishing My Love Affair with Sicily. With the hopes of everything going according to plan, my second book will be available for … Continued

Driving in Italy – Some Thoughts

These posts seem to be spaced out more and more, and I apologize. I have been focused on writing My Love Affair with Sicily and have not posted anything here lately. Mi dispiace. I am sorry. By the way, I … Continued

Sicily Travel – My First Opera Experience

Teatro Massimo in Palermo Sept 22, 2013 On a whim I decided to tour the famous Teatro Massimo. I knew tours were offered here and fortunately this opera house was open today. For the reasonable fee of eight euros, I … Continued

Sicily Travel – The Palermo Cathedral

September 22, 2013 Sunday Our last day in Palermo and Rick, Monica, and I decided to walk to  the Palermo Cathedral that we had passed on the bus. This stunning landmark is one of Sicily’s many buildings which portray mixes … Continued

Sicily Travel – First Day in Palermo

Friday September 20, 2013 It feels good to finally have the chance to sleep in a little this morning at our comfortable hotel in Palermo. After breakfast of yogurt, fruit and cappuccino, Rick, Monica, and I buy tickets from the … Continued

Cooking Class in Sicily

I have never taken a cooking class before and am excited to be here at Agriturismo Tarantola with my sister-in-law, Monica. The welcoming Signor Filippo is tall and attractive and molto gentile, very kind. After ushering us inside his cucina, … Continued

Driving in Sicily – More Tales of Getting Lost

As I was planning this trip to Italy,  I had the idea to take a cooking class, for something different. My sister-in-law, Monica, also liked the idea, and knew that my brother, Rick, wouldn’t care about it. He could find … Continued

Travel in Sicily – The Valley of the Temples near Agrigento

By 3:30 we had checked in to our hotel in Agrigento and then we left for the the nearby Valley of the Temples. Rick wanted to walk, but Monica and I convinced him to drive there, since we knew that … Continued

Going to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

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Wednesday Sept 17, 2013 I awoke with the alarm at 7:30 this morning to have time to finish packing and have breakfast before checking out of the hotel and leaving for Agrigento. By ten we were on the road, driving … Continued

Sicily Travel – A Day in Siracusa

Tuesday Sept 17, 2013 Breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel was lovely, and I met a British couple who were also traveling in Sicily for ten days.  I like meeting other English-speaking tourists in Italy and find it … Continued

Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family

We were about to experience a real treat – Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family. Angela arrived early and we left for Caltagirone in our rented Alfa Romeo with Rick driving. The traffic through Catania was horrible as usual, … Continued

Italy – A Week to Go

OK It is official. A week to go and I will be boarding a plane to  Italy…six  months ago  I wasn’t quite sure this would be happening, since my brother Rick had sustained a cycling accident, forcing us to postpone … Continued

Trip to Italy – Sicily – Amalfi Coast – Rome

In less than two months I leave again for Bella Italia and now I am getting excited. This trip had been postponed from April because of a bicycle accident sustained by my brother Rick. He and my sister-in-law and I … Continued

10 Top Tips for Solo Travel – Guest Post by FlavoursHolidays

Today I am honored to feature a special guest blog post  from FlavoursHolidays. 10 top tips for solo travel Some years ago I was planning a family trip to Italy. The kids were in their late teens, my husband was … Continued

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