Our Italian Adventure – When in Rome

Rome at last! We took the Flixbus from Siena to Rome. It took us about three hours, but it was very relaxing. I know I nodded off a few times. We stayed at 9Hotel Cesari, which we chose because of its location between the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. This is one of the hippest hotelsContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – When in Rome”

Our Italian Adventure – Siena

On to my favorite city of our trip! After the bridges of Venice and the hustle and bustle of Florence, it was nice to stay in Siena. We took the train from Florence to Siena, and it was really quick – only about an hour and a half away. Siena is much smaller than Florence,Continue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Siena”

Our Italian Adventure – Florence

Off to Florence – the second city we were visiting on our Italian adventure. We took the train from Venice to Florence, and it was great! Super comfortable! Florence is Susan’s favorite place in the world, and we were so excited to be there with her. We stayed at the Hotel Pitti Palace al PonteContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Florence”

Vino in Florence – Our Visit to the Bibi Graetz Winery

Our friend Jacob really knows wine, and several months ago he had me try the Bibi Graetz Grilli, a wine made from cabernet and merlot grapes. “Grilli” means crickets in Italian, and in Florence to have “Grilli” means to be a dreamer. The label was beautiful, like a beautiful blue painting. It’s All About WineContinue reading “Vino in Florence – Our Visit to the Bibi Graetz Winery”

Our Italian Adventure – Venice

After months of reading Rick Steves, watching Stanley Tucci, and scouring the internet, our trip to Italy was finally here! We spent 15 nights in Italy – three nights in Venice, five nights in Florence, three nights in Siena, and four nights in Rome with our traveling companions Susan and Sarah. We used TripMasters toContinue reading “Our Italian Adventure – Venice”

My Favorite Hummus

Who doesn’t love hummus? Well, a long time ago I didn’t. In my 20’s, I would make fun of people who would bring it to parties (sorry to those I’ve offended!). In my 30’s I realized “this is some pretty good stuff!”, and now that I’m in my 50’s I can’t get enough of it!Continue reading “My Favorite Hummus”

Oh, Canada! Part 1 – Toronto

We met Greg and Carol (and friends) in the Dominican Republic at John Prine’s All the Best Fest in 2019. It was fantastic! Little did we know this would be one of John’s last performances and two years of isolation were on the horizon. We learned that Greg had been on the board of aContinue reading “Oh, Canada! Part 1 – Toronto”

I’m Just Here For The Halibut

Oh Morro Bay, where have you been all my life? As I stated in my previous post So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys), our friend Cheryl had moved to Morro Bay and was working at a winery in Paso Robles, living a great life. Of course we were going toContinue reading “I’m Just Here For The Halibut”

So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys)

I just love wine – I love learning about and especially drinking wine! So when our good friend Cheryl moved out to California to work in a winery, of course we were going to go visit her! Duh! We decided to break the trip up into two parts – Santa Ynez and Edna Valley forContinue reading “So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys)”

Mai Tais, My Friends, My Happy Place

We recently visited Maui, staying at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. I have been here several times and it is my favorite place to stay on Maui. IMO its location cannot be beat – best stretch of beach in front of the hotel and you are walking distance to great restaurants and shopping. We love itContinue reading “Mai Tais, My Friends, My Happy Place”