Cinque Terre, Let Me Count the Ways…

When I mentioned to friends I was planning a trip to Italy, just about everyone who had previously been to Italy uttered the words, Cinque Terre. I did some research on Cinque Terra UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the region looked amazing! Quaint villages (in Italian, Cinque Terre translates to "5 Lands"), beautiful crystal clear blue  water, beaches, and a national park offering unique hiking trails…it all looked totally worth adding to the travel itinerary. La Spezia, a working man’s [...]

Foodie Our Way to Colorado and Back

We headed to Denver, Colorado for a wedding reception in honor of my daughter and new husband, who recently married in Southern California Wine Country. It’s a new norm now for my husband and I to road trip without kids. It signals a return to a lifestyle we had before kids, yet the many memories and experiences with our daughters in tow, as we traveled the world, will never quite be the same and will definitely be missed. A big [...]

Sorry Trader Joe’s…Modena Simply Has You on the Balsamic!

MODENA   We said goodbye to the wonderful and magical city of Milan and headed south towards Modena. With a dose of trepidation, we rented a car, which proved to be an e-ticket ride to thrills, near spills, and excitement. Actually it was C R A Z Y. No offense to anyone reading this who is of Italian decent, but the drivers in this region are insane! To be fair, it’s likely there is some blog being posted at the same [...]

A Franc Here & A Franc There…

Lugano, Switzerland We ventured just outside the Italian border on our third day in paradise, traveling to Lugano, Switzerland. This is only an hour by fast train from Milan.  Stepping off the train, the initial feel of Lugano is very Italian, and it’s clear by the high number of ultra luxury cars on the roads in this town, this region, is upscale.        The train station was conveniently located in the center of town. The well-marked walkway at [...]

24 Hours in Milan

Arriving in the late afternoon in Milan has its advantage and disadvantage; there is far more traffic than one would like after a long traveling day from the USA, yet after settling in at the hotel and taking a seat at the roof top patio restaurant, the bonus view in the late afternoon/early evening is hard to beat! We were not prepared for the awesome view from the top of the Boscolo Milano Hotel.  In the distance, the Milan Doumo [...]

Our Love Affair with Beautiful Lake Como, Italy

Where has a year gone since our amazing trip to Italy in June of 2014?  I'll be sharing our love affair with Italy in the next several posts.  Enjoy! I couldn't imagine a better place to spend my 25th wedding anniversary than in the beautiful region of Lake Como.  My husband Don, and I, visited several towns that line the lake; Varenna, Bellagio, and the actual town of Como. The lake is one of the largest we have ever visited [...]