Italian cooking classes with Nonna Marcella in Umbria

The number one reason I love to travel? To experience new foods, cooking techniques, and have a culinary adventure. When I travel, I look forward to eating in the restaurants, shopping at the local street markets, and I always try to schedule at least one cooking class. I've taken dozens of Italian cooking classes....more

What's in your bag?-What to pack in your carry on for an international flight

I have a long and dreadful  flight from JFK to Milan on Thursday.   And I hate airplanes. ...more
Great list! I'm flying home tomorrow. I have packed: my travel docs (obviously), pen + travel ...more

Living In Italy: “Your Boobs Suck,” And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mother-In-Law

Shortly after F and I were engaged, his mother came to Florence to stay with us for the weekend. She was pissed that her bouncing baby boy wanted to marry what she saw as a linguistically challenged, overtly sexual, liberal American idiot and  I can’t blame her. A birthing vagina totally can’t compete with a linguistically challenged one. Despite her negative-nancy attitude, I don’t think that she believed that we’d eventually marry. Rather, I think it bothered her that I believed we would....more

Romantic winter GardaLake... with my DIY!

They wanted a Parking Lot but they got Roman Ruins!

Yesterday, I posted the outfit I wore to the last edition of MercatInGioco,  the used toy sale that is held 3 or 4 times a year in Modena. ...more

A full on leather look, with a bit of pleather thrown in there!

The Reason To Dress ...more

Naples Revisited

A lot of you probably already know that I took a trip to Naples last week. I planned this trip ages ago and while I thought of writing about it, I don't think I did because I didn't want to dwell on just exactly what this trip would mean. When it became apparent to me that we were definitely going to move forward with our move to Canada, I knew in my heart that I had to go back to the place where Finley was born, because once we live overseas, the opportunity just wouldn't be there....more

Welcome to the Rome’s Ancient Catacombs!

Last Friday, I took you on a journey to visit the Capuchin Crypt and today, I am taking you all on a journey to visit the catacombs. So, what is a catacomb? Catacomb is an underground burial chamber for Christians and Jews communities in Rome.  Have you watched the Indiana and the Last Crusade?...more
 @HomeRearedChef Thanks Virginia. You are always so nice and welcoming. --Remembering my first ...more

Journey to Colosseum and Roman Forum

Legend has it that as long as the Colosseum stands, Rome will stand; and when Rome falls, so will the world. The mammoth amphitheater was built by Emperor Vespasian and established by Titus. Today it is one of the seven wonders of the world. For "the grandeur that was Rome," this obstinate oval can't be topped. Ready? Let's go on a journey to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum with me and I hope you would enjoy and have fun along the way ...
 @HomeRearedChef I did! Guess what we did? We spent enormous amount of $$ on plants. If things ...more

Journey to Vatican and Castel Sant'Angelo

We took the train from Naples all the way to Rome. After checked into our Hotel, we took a taxi straight to the Vatican.This was our second time but the girls' first time. As you know that Vatican is a country of its own....more
 @Isabel_Anders Always like that ... our lives are always revolving around our kids ...more