Moving to Italy: You Must Meet this Requirement

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  If you are hoping to move to Italy on an Elective Residence visa there is one requirement that may put your plans on hold.  Since we were planning to live in Italy without a work or student visa we thought Gregg’s income was enough to grant a visa.  We were wrong.  According to the read more…


Clever Travel Companion Theft Proof Clothing

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With our move to Italy now just weeks away we have started the packing process.  We are going through our clothing and only taking the essentials we can’t live without.  With security a priority I’m always on the lookout for new travel products to ease the fear of theft.  A fellow travel blogger suggested I try read more…


11 Things I Can Get Used to Living in Italy

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In a matter of weeks, I will step off a plane in Italy and begin a grand adventure.  My husband, son and I are moving to Tuscany this fall. Family, friends and loyal blog followers know this has been a dream of mine for more than a decade. Many friends continue to ask how I read more…


Moving to Italy: Bittersweet Day

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I woke up this morning with a sense of relief.  This is the day that Spencer and I had planned our permanent move to Italy.  However, we changed our date to October due to Gregg’s work schedule.  As I look around our house at the mountain of packing I still need to complete, I’m relieved read more…


Our Italy Trip: One Year Later

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This week marks the one year anniversary of our life changing trip to Italy.  Spencer and I arrived in Bagni di Lucca the first week of June 2015.  Gregg tasked me to find us a forever home somewhere in the Lucca region.  By the end of the first day I knew without a doubt we read more…


Nick’s Graduation

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Last night eighteen years flashed before my eyes.  My oldest son, Nick, graduated from High School with 1,146 other classmates.  Exactly one year ago my daughter Connie graduated. Where did the time go?  In a few days I’ll be driving Nick down to Florida so he can take yacht training courses in Fort Lauderdale.  He read more…


Moving to Italy: A Fortunate Setback

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Our scheduled move to Italy this July has been pushed back a few months.  My trip to the Italian Consulate in Detroit did not go as planned.  Despite all of the required paperwork, forms and money the Consulate rejected my visa application.  Apparently my rental agreement did not meet their standards. My four-and-a-half-hour drive seemed read more…


Family Travel to Italy: Our Amazing Spring Break

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Traveling the world with children can be stressful to some and exhilarating to others. I fall in the latter category.  My husband and children often tell me that I’m very easy going.  Six flights in eleven days and an airport strike had little effect on my blood pressure.  In three months Italy will be home read more…


The Seven Year Itch: Our Family’s Italian Vacation

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In the summer of 2005 Gregg’s mother treated our family to a life changing vacation.  We spent two glorious weeks along southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast.  This was my first trip to Italy as well as our two childrens’, Connie and Nick. Four years later in 2009 I returned to Italy with the older kids and read more…


Happy Anniversary to My Husband

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Today Gregg and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! We chose an outside venue in Gregg’s boyhood hometown of Ormond Beach for our nuptials. Bike Week in neighboring Daytona Beach was in full swing and provided lots of funny memories.  When the Reverend asked everyone to bow their heads and pray, a group of bikers read more…


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