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Rainy Sunday in Italy

This morning Spencer and I woke up to the sound of a raging river.  Two straight days of deluge have had a huge impact on the Lima River here in Bagni di Lucca.   The rains have doubled the size of the Lima and created fast flowing currents.  Luckily, the downpour subsided long enough to read more…


Lucca Comic Con

Where can you find Batman, Superman, Captain Jack Sparrow plus thousands of other heroes, villains, comic book and movie characters all in one place?  This time of year, only Lucca, Italy.  While enjoying our Italian vacation Spencer lived out his ultimate fantasy, to attend Lucca’s Comic Con.  Each year the city of Lucca, Italy holds one read more…




Happy Anniversary to My Husband

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…




Mom’s Italian Adventure

My 79 year old mother loves to travel, preferably by cruise ship. You can imagine her shock when we surprised her with a round trip ticket to Italy for Christmas and New Year’s.  Mom’s longest flight before this trip only lasted a few hours.  I could sense her anxiety when I mentioned the three flights read more…


Back Home Again in Italy

Traveling to Italy from the United States takes patience and caffeine.  Spencer, my Mother and I finally touched down in Florence after an Uber ride and three flights.  My Mom has never set foot in Europe, let alone jumped six hours ahead in time.  Fortunately we made all of our connecting flights and found my read more…


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