The Holy Relics of Paris- a visit to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle

A visit to Paris would not be complete without paying homage to the Notre Dame cathedral, particularly now that we have a hometown frame of reference in the Duomo in Milan!  

Picasso in Paris!

Rather than line up to revisit the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay on our recent trip to Paris, we decided to explore the Picasso Museum, which was a first for us both.  We were not disappointed!

The Alba White Truffle Fair!

Our much anticipated day trip to Alba, Italy for the 88th International White Truffle Fair was everything I had hoped it would be!

Away in Aosta!

A long weekend beckoned us towards the northwest mountain region of Italy and we couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised by the majestic beauty and history before us!

Deep Dive at the Duomo

It’s our first full rainy weekend in Milan, so we decided to visit the Duomo and see the Cathedral and the adjacent museum.  Other than the scary top with its wet stone steps, I’d say it was a good way to spend a rainy day!  

Playing with Porcini!

Timeline: 10:oo am, Friday morning. Thankfully Kevin got paid yesterday, because I practically spent his entire paycheck buying these fresh porcini mushrooms at the outdoor market!

A day in Bologna!

Kevin met me in Bologna after my trip to Rome and I think it’s safe to say that climbing the big tower is not in my future, after spry Kevin swore that he would never do that again!

Rome in the Rain

In our first two months in Italy we’ve had almost no rain, so the intermittent showers and even thunderstorms I experienced in Rome were a welcome change, despite the fact that we dashed from sight to sight between downpours.  The cloudy sky created terrific light effects as we took a panoramic guided bus tour of the hills and ancient sights […]

My Love of Michelangelo!

Here’s a common ice breaker question: If you could have dinner with an historical figure from the past, whom would you pick? For me, besides Jesus (I know, might be a bit ‘churchy’ for some of you…), it would be Michelangelo.

The ancient seaport town of Ostia Antica

The greatest part of living in Italy for 2 years is that we can take the road less traveled, such as a visit to Ostia Antica, a large archaeological site that was once ancient Rome’s seaport and one of the most thriving cities in the region.