Writing Writing Writing

In the past few days I have made a lot of progress on my book since I decided to focus on it, and I sat down to write whenever I had the chance. One of the great things for me … Continued

Outdoor Markets in Italy

Almost every town in Italy has an outdoor market once or twice a week, and some even have it every day. These are usually where you can find things at prices much cheaper than in the shops.I love wandering about … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Lake Como

A ride on a boat on Lake Como is not only relaxing and enjoyable but is a great way to see places along Lake Como from the perspective of the water. Lake Como is huge so my boat trip was … Continued

Italian Towns and the Centro Storico

The first few times I saw a sign for Centro Storico I didn’t know what it was. That was before I had taken Italian and really could not recognize too many signs in Italy.  Now I understand that the words … Continued

Photos from Longano, Italy

Longano only has about 400 people living there but I love this village because of the people. Of course I am biased since Longano was my maiden name.

Driving on the Amalfi Coast

May 20 Gaetano’s directions to the Amalfi Coast Road were perfect and as long as I followed signs that said Costiera Amalfitana, I was in the right spot. Only once did I end up going the wrong way on a … Continued

More Doors in Italy

I am always fascinated by the doors and doorways in Italy and of course have to stop and capture them with my camera. Here are some from my recent visit.

Hotel Olimpico

May 20 In the morning Peppino was on duty in the breakfast room again with his smiling face. He was holding a  frying pan with four sunny side up eggs, decorated with a tomato in the middle. Breakfast at Hotel … 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

Italy Travel – Leaving Colle d’Anchise and Driving to Sicily

Thursday May 17 Leaving Colle d’Anchise and Driving to Sicily It was cold and raining this morning in Colle d’Anchise and Sue and I had breakfast prepared by the owner himself, Signor Michele at La Piana dei Mulini, a wonderful … Continued

Travel in Italy – Driving to Longano and Colle d’Anchise

May 16 The disembarkation process this morning was seamless and Sue and I were on the dock by 8am waiting for the rest of our pre-arranged group to meet our driver to take us to the airport. That is where … Continued

Travel in Italy – Capri

May 15 Capri After the morning with Mariano from Pleasant Travel, he dropped six of us off at the dock in Sorrento. Jody and Jeff decided to stay in Sorrento instead. Mariano instructed us on the best ferry or hydrofoil … Continued

Travel in Italy – Port of Napoli and Private Tour on the Amalfi Coast

May 15 Tuesday This was the day we were meeting Mariano from Pleasant Travel for a personalized tour on the Amalfi Coast. I had arranged this tour and there are eight of us going on a custom tour to several … Continued

Mediterranean Cruise – A Day at Sea

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Monday May 14  Day at Sea How wonderful to be able to sleep in and  not have any  agenda ashore today. I had been looking forward to this day. This was the only day at sea on this 7 day … Continued

Travel in France – Aix-en-Provence

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May 12 Aix-en-Provence After touring Avignon the next stop was  the town of Aix-en-Provence which I had heard described as a little Paris minus the museums. Our French tour guide Thibeaut told us that roughly 150,000 people live in Aix … Continued

Travel in France – The Provence Region – Tour to Avignon

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Saturday May 12 This was an early morning as I had to be ready to leave the ship by 7am for a tour to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. By 7:15 the tour bus departed the port of Marseille and I was … Continued

Travel in France – The Medieval Village of Eze

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May 11 Eze After the time in Nice the bus then took us to the medieval village of Eze high in the hills and Cecile was still acting as the guide. In Eze it was very hot and I was … Continued

Arrival in Cannes – A Tour of Nice and Later Eze

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Friday May 11 Cannes is on the French Riviera and from what I could see of it from the ship it looked beautiful. This is my first time visiting France and I have always heard that the south of France … Continued

Travel in Italy – Latest Cinque Terre Photos – Vernazza

Cinque Terre doesn’t need words to describe it as the photos say it all. It is a beautiful place in Italy. I took these photos on May 10, 2012 in Vernazza, which suffered the most damage from the October 25 … Continued

Back from Italy

After almost 3 weeks in Italy I am back home in Florida. I had a great time and it went by fast since I was on the go so much. There was not much free time for writing or editing … Continued

Travel in Italy – Rome’s Coolest Neighborhood – Trastevere

Wednesday May 9 I got up early and was out walking before 9am. I walked to my favorite neighborhood in Rome, Trastevere, looking for Bar Quadrani, my favorite place for a cappuccino and dolci in the morning. Well I walked … Continued

Travel in Italy – Verona

We arrived in Verona by 5:30 and took a taxi to Hotel Accademia where we were greeted by the very pleasant Sara at the reception desk. She informed us that we had been upgraded to a superior room and that … Continued

Travel in Italy – Leaving Lake Como

Sunday May 6 It’s still raining and it’s 45 degrees outside. Today we are taking the train to Verona and hopefully the weather will improve. I can’t believe how cold I feel. It’s probably the dampness along with the wind. … Continued

Italy Travel – Shopping in Bellagio

Friday May 4 After sleeping almost 12 hours, by the time I was dressed it was lunchtime and Sue and I were hungry. We walked up a staircase, called Salita Cernaia here in Bellagio, and discovered a wonderful little pizza … Continued

Travel Planning for Italy

Mt Etna in Sicily erupted again this week and if you’re keeping track, this is the 7th time this year and the 3rd time this month. One week from today I am leaving for Italy and plan to go to … Continued

Cinque Terre Update and News

I am so looking forward to returning to Cinque Terre in a few weeks as it is one of the most beautiful coastline areas in the world. I was lucky enough to be there for the first time last May, … Continued

Italy Photo Collage – Not Your Typical Tourist Photos

To say that I like taking photos when I am in Italy is an understatement. I don’t go anywhere without my camera and all I can say is thank God for digital cameras! I certainly have taken my share of … Continued

First in a Series of 3 Photo Books is Finally Completed

At the expense of putting my book on hold for the past week or so, I have finally completed one of my other projects. I am publishing a series of three photos books through Blurb.com featuring the photos I shot … Continued

Mt Etna Erupts Again in Sicily

Well for the 5th time this year Mt Etna has erupted again in Sicily spewing lava and ash into the neighboring towns. Although this was one of the places I was planning on visiting next month, I am beginning to … 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

Capri, Italy Natural Beauty and Weird Italian Laws

The tiny island of Capri on the Amalfi Coast is so beautiful but also has some weird laws. Capri is a must-see destination and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit there for the first time last spring. … Continued

Transportation Modes in Italy

Aside from walking there are various modes of transportation in Italy and I have used all of them except the bikes and motorcycles. Since Italy is a peninsula and has 4712 miles of coastline, boats are a common transportation mode.

Clock Towers in Italy

Almost every town in Italy has a clock tower and in many cases these tall monuments become landmarks of those  towns. In some cases they are tourist attractions and visitors line up to climb to the top to take advantage … Continued

Inside a Store in Bologna

This photo belongs in the post about unusual things seen in Italy but I couldn’t find it when I wrote that post. I was in a store in Bologna and thought it was so odd that there was a display … Continued

Gas Prices in Italy Sky High

The cost of gas has been rising everywhere and in Italy today the price of one liter hit 1.96 euros. If I do my math correctly a liter is 0.26 gallons or just a little over one fourth of a … Continued

Italy Travel Planning and Boutiques

I have been getting ready to go to Italy again soon and since part of the trip includes a  Med cruise I have been spending a lot of time on the Cruise Critic message boards. They are a great source … Continued

Flowers in Italy

Italians love flowers and they are everywhere especially in the springtime. San Remo is known as the City of Flowers and even has a famous festival to celebrate flowers. My favorites are the flower boxes with the brilliant colorful blooms.

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

Clotheslines and Laundry in Italy

Some of my favorite scenes in Italy are those where the laundry is hanging on the line just outside the house. This is a way of life for most people in Italy and the visual really depicts the culture and … 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

Fruits and Vegetables in Italy

I love the sidewalk fruit and vegetable carts so prevalent in Italy and it doesn’t matter if I am in a small village or in a bigger town. Everything is fresh and the people are so happy to sell their … Continued

Rome Continues to Deal with Snow

Today ANSA, the Italian news agency, reports that parts of Rome got up to 20 inches of snow and they are still dealing with the aftermath of high fuel use and closed roads and offices. Although they are expecting things … Continued

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