Rome in a Day: My Favorite Spot (and the GREAT view)

There are some places that fuel the imagination and open the mind to centuries of life that fill every history book. For me, Rome is that place. The Vatican, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Sistene Chapel … so much to see and experience in Rome!   This year wasContinue reading “Rome in a Day: My Favorite Spot (and the GREAT view)”

7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb. Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.   I love Italy. There is so much to love, especially for enjoying the values of good food and wine, and the wealth of family. Last week, my husband and I and ourContinue reading “7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal”

The Charm of Italy’s Veneto Wine Country

“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? … To nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favorite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?” — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love InContinue reading “The Charm of Italy’s Veneto Wine Country”

Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -Rabindranath Tagore When we travel to the beach, my favorite part of the day is at the end. I love to be at the edge of the shore and stand rapt at theContinue reading “Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky”

Carnevale, Mardi Gras, and Masquerade

For a few years when we were first married, my husband and I lived in New Orleans. What a fun place that was! So when the parades for Mardi Gras rolled around, we walked the couple blocks to the parade route, caught beads, and reveled in the city-wide party. New Orleans is another world, truly.Continue reading “Carnevale, Mardi Gras, and Masquerade”

Venice in February: a PhotoJournal

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. -Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice To not see Europe during our years in Prague would be like sitting at arm’s-length from aContinue reading “Venice in February: a PhotoJournal”


“White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest . . . White phantom city, whose untrodden streets Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Venice” I am captivated by Venice. It’s not just the water and the light, the sunshine and the bridges,Continue reading “Venice!”

Photography: Being There

“The glory of God is man fully alive.”  -St. Irenaeus Continuing on the topic of photography, and sharing a few more of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Italy … this is the fourth week on the topic of photography. Click here to read #1, #2, and #3. I love photography for manyContinue reading “Photography: Being There”

Photography: The Power of Restoring Wonder

“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls … the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” ~E. Merrill Root Today, as I write, I sit outside in the Prague sunshine under a vivid blue sky enjoying tempertures in the mid-50’s. Last week at thisContinue reading “Photography: The Power of Restoring Wonder”

EAT, STRAY, LOVE: Italy, Tuscany, and the Maremma

Posted on August 11, 2010 With the release of another popular film set in Italy, people worldwide know of the country’s most luscious region: Tuscany. But few realize the Mediterranean Sea skims along the classic wine and olive region, and combines sensational flavors with unforgettable views. Here, find three ways to enhance the Italian culinaryContinue reading “EAT, STRAY, LOVE: Italy, Tuscany, and the Maremma”