Archive for June, 2015





An American Artist in Italy

Saturday night Spencer and I attended our first art show. American Rich Smukler opened his exhibition “Una Retrospettiva Fotografica” in Ponte a Serraglio. Smukler traveled throughout Italy and captured the essence of Italian landscapes in bold, colorful, and creative ways. Now living in Boca Raton, Florida Smukler’s photographs have been featured in museums, galleries and read more…


Get Lost in Lucca

Spencer and I caught a bus from Bagni di Lucca to the city of Lucca this morning. Our driver dropped us off outside the famous wall and we found our way inside this impressive city. Spencer demanded we first ride bikes along the 2 1/2 mile wall. For 6 euro we rented 2 bicycles for read more…


Day 1 in Italy

After 3 flights and one very long day, Spencer and I are finally in Italy. We arrived in Pisa and our driver Riccardo was waiting to take us to Bagni di Lucca. He stopped along the way for a quick photo of the Devils Bridge. Bagni di Lucca boasts views I have only dreamed about. read more…


Italy, Here We Come

Spencer and I are in hurry up and wait mode. In about an hour our plane will take off for Italy. We will spend 9 weeks touring Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, and with any luck, find a property to rent long term.  We are leaving cool temperatures in Indiana behind for what appears to be read more…


One Day to Italy Trip

This morning I woke up and started packing for our 9 week Italian vacation that starts tomorrow.  Yes, I know, I’m a late packer. I should have started days ago, but I organize better under pressure. I thank my 12 years in television news dealing with crazy deadlines for that reasoning. Last year I managed read more…


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