M is for Marie Louise de Habsburg-Lorraine

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Chocolate Chip Cannoli Bites

As much as I loved eating gelato in Italy, Blythe loved cannolis. If you've never had them before, or if you love cannolis as much as we do, you simply must try this recipe. ...more

A Tiny Cup of Heaven: Drinking Coffee in Italy

Italians are serious about their coffee. My husband, Blythe, is also serious about his coffee. Here are his thoughts on the Italian coffee drinking experience....more

Wine Tasting on Mount Etna

Let me just preface this post and the following one by saying that I don't expect every anniversary to be celebrated this extravagantly.  I'm sure there will be years where our anniversary comes and goes with not much more than a card and a kiss.  That being said, we are trying to take advantage of our two years here and a weekend in Sicily sounded like the best way to celebrate our one year anniversary!...more

A Day in Siracusa

Let me just preface this post and the following two by saying that I don't expect every anniversary to be celebrated this extravagantly.  I'm sure there will be years where our anniversary comes and goes with not much more than a card and a kiss.  That being said, we are trying to take advantage of our two years here and a weekend in Sicily sounded like the best way to celebrate our one year anniversary! ...more

Santa Maria Novella

The most stunning feature of this church is the two dimensional character of its facade. It almost looks traced in ink on its background, with absolutely no depth, by the very sure hand of a master illustrator....more

Inspiration from Italy

 Where does your kitchen inspiration come from? Today mine comes from the garden and the lessons I learned in Italy. As I have my morning coffee in the garden I’m delighted to find the most beautiful tomato’s, basil and parsley so I plan our dinner.  ...more

A Lady in Tuscany - Reasons to Dress

When I was daydreaming about going to Tuscany way back in June, I pictured this perfect moment, in fact I created a board on Pinterest called "A Lady in Tuscany" filled with style inspiration from the Duchess of Windsor, Fuchsia and feminine silhouettes of cropped sleeves and knee length dresses, cinched in at the waist....more

It's Not Bastille Day. It's Best Deal Day

I'm at t-minus two weeks to the end of the school year....more

A Secret Spot in Rome

Rome is a top tourist destination in Europe, and it’s one of our favorite cities! It’s hard to imagine that there could be any hidden spots in a city so full of tourists, but I have a favorite place to share with you today. My fellow A Friend Afar blogger, Stephanie, told me about it when I honeymooned in Italy, and she had heard about it from a friend, too....more
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