Santa's name around the world!

Santa’s Name Around the World

In the US we affectionately know him as Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, or even Kris Kringle. What does everyone else call him around the world? While you may have trouble pronouncing it, you will get the idea. I was surprised to see that the image of our beloved bearer of gifts is mostly consistent all [...]

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Sunflowers in Tuscany

Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy

After reading Diana Baur’s post entitled, Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy, I couldn’t help but be inspired to write my own. You see, Italy has this way about her. Those of us that have fallen under her spell have a certain understanding of each other. Perhaps, you have fallen too. 1. There is no real [...]

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Italian Memories, a Poppy, and a Transistor Radio

The day was winding down. Exhausted, we stopped to rest in the piazza in Colle di Val d’Elsa, a small, seemingly forgotten medieval village between Florence and Siena in Tuscany. With very few tourists, but an abundance of charm, I wondered why this sweet place had all but fallen off the map. This Italian town, held [...]

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Exposing children to the arts- An Open Letter to Fine Art Museum Directors

On a recent trip to Florence, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a cappuccino with two American expat friends of mine. Both lead guided tours on the art and history of Florence and teach courses at the local universities. Our meeting spot, the coffee bar at the Palazzo Strozzi museum, turned out to [...]

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Capture the Color- Blue

Capture the Colour- Italian Style

Capture the Colour! I was recently nominated by Wagoner’s Abroad to submit my photos to the Capture the Colour Photo Contest for 2013, put on by Travel Supermarket. The perimeters were simple; share your travel photos that capture the colours of  Blue, Green, White, Yellow, and Red. I invite you to view the other contest submissions as well, [...]

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The Faces of Salvage- Recovering The Costa Concordia and Giglio Island

The faces of the Costa Concordia salvage… It’s lunch time in early September on Giglio Island, Italy. Two summers ago, you would have found the quaint Port of Giglio bustling with tourists. The grounding of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on January 13, 2012 that led to the tragic loss of 32 lives, has changed [...]

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Why Are You Yelling at Me?! - An American Melding into Italian Culture

Why Are You Yelling at Me?! – An American Melding into Italian Culture

Love can be found in the craziest of places. It is no surprise that so many find it in the enchanting and romantic land of Italy. Being an American with an Italian partner, I frequently find myself in a conversation with another American that is also in a relationship with an Italian. The conversation inevitably [...]

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Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream! From the Mouths of Babes

“Mommy, would you like to read my journal of dreams?” My nine year old daughter loves to write. She seems to bring me a new story every day. I love getting lost in her fantastical tales of animals, children, and fairies. This day was different. She handed me a book that read “Dare to Dream” [...]

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Will Work for Gelato!

At home, we don’t often hold our kids accountable for jobs and other responsibilities around the house. Let’s face it – it’s easier to not deal with the whining. Travel is a perfect time to implement new family rules or changes – we’re all out of our comfort zone, and while we’re not in our [...]

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Did Someone Say Wine? Enjoying Tuscany’s Autumnal Wine Harvest

Rarely is an excuse needed to travel to Italy, and the central region of Tuscany is a much-loved tourist destination all year round. As the summer draws to an end and the leaves on the trees begin to turn a shade of golden brown, Tuscany really comes to life, with festivals and celebrations all revolving [...]

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A Cask Full of Wine and a Drunk Wife: Fun Italian Phrases

When you are speaking to an an Italian, it won’t be long before they throw an expression at you. It always starts with something like, “In Italy we say…,”  then they go into the translation, the meaning, and the relevance to the conversation. I love this about Italians! My partner, Tommaso and his family own Bellavista Impruneta, a [...]

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