Romancing the Rome – Ancient Rome – The Eternal City

I am sure I am going to write UNLIMITED posts about Rome.  I Love Rome.  End of blog. Rome was my favorite city.  The food, the city, the people, the atmosphere, the ANCIENTNESS of it all (is that a word?). Rome is the most inspiring city I have ever visited. I can’t really bring myself…

F is for Florence and FOOD!

Sorry its taking me forever to document the trip! Today I want to tell you about Florence.  It was a very quick trip… we arrive around lunchtime on a Wednesday and left first thing Friday morning for Rome. This limited us to stay in Florence proper, meaning no day-trips to wineries or hill towns.  This…

Getting Lost in Venice, EVERYTHING I hoped for and more!

Ahhhh Venice…. Venice is the most beautiful place I have ever visited in my life.  The place is magic.  Its really hard to explain, and the mystique definitely took me be surprise.  Maybe it was the stress of Paris lingering or simply the change in the weather, but something changed when we landed at Marco…

Notre Dame vs. Eiffel Tower

Did you know that more people visit the Notre Dame cathedral each year than the Eiffel Tower? I was surprised to learn that fact. I really enjoyed my visit to both, but for very different reasons. When you visit a cathedral like Notre Dame, its easy to be distracted by the tourism.  But I tried…

Getting Lost in Paris – Not What I Expected

I can’t think of any creative way to launch into the stories of our recent trip to Paris and Italy so I figure I better just start at the beginning or I may never start at all! Our flight was direct from IAD to CDG and the flight was surprisingly fast.  I think we caught…

A Teaser – Flash Mob Notre Dame October 9, 2010

I am so anxious to get some blogs going about our trip.  However, we hit a minor MAJOR snag when we returned to a broken MAC desktop.  I can’t fully talk about it until I know exactly the prognosis but it does not look good.  I am now a cautionary tale: BACK UP YOUR JANK…

Parisian Perspectives

life in Paris has not quite been what I expected. don’t get me wrong it’s been an amazing adventure. but just different than expected. a few observations (typing this on an iPhone so have grace with the typos) I am very aware of how unfashionable I am. they eat way more French fries than in…

Vacatunes

Leaving soon for Europe, and music is a must.  Good music that is.  And thanks to itunes I have plenty.  Here are a few bands I am taking with me on the trip of a lifetime: By Album: Robert Randolph and the Family Band – We Walk This Road Need to Breathe – The Outsiders…

City of Blinding Light

And cheese.  And wine.  And butter.  And la pastries.  And le pain.  And cute cafes. And boutiques. And Art. And some really cool old stuff. I shall be there soon Parieeee.  Please don’t be raining when I get there! C’est si Bon!

Backpacking to Babylon – Theodore May

I had to share this will yall because I think its so cool and yall may want to check it out. Theodore May is a reporter for the Global Post and has embarked on a journey to track the steps of Alexander the Great and chronicle the evidence of his influence on the Middle East….

A Splash of Brightness at My Living Canvas

I have finally come to grips with a reality I have long fought to admit:  I can only keep up with one blog! If I didn’t have a full-time job I might be able to better manage my multi-tasking blogging capabilities but I confess that for now this blog will have to be it.  It…