Morning in Ponte a Serraglio: A Photo Tour-Part One

Many of us have a special place on this planet that rejuvenates our soul. It may be a country, town, tavern or park. For me that country is Italy and the town is Ponte a Serraglio in Bagni di Lucca. This summer Spencer, Gregg, and I finally got a chance to see this Tuscan town in read more…


Morning in Maiori, Italy: A Photo Tour-Part Two

  Maiori, Italy holds a special place in my heart. I’ve traveled to this small coastal town many times since 2005. To date, it is my favorite vacation destination in Italy.  My last post, Morning in Maiori, Italy: A Photo Tour-Part One, showed you a sampling of life in this Amalfi Coast town at dawn. Now enjoy more read more…


Morning in Maiori, Italy: A Photo Tour-Part One

  Waking before dawn can be a blessing or a curse depending on your nature.  I switched from a late riser to an early bird upon the birth of my first child.  Now 18 years later I’ve embraced my body’s instinct to wake before sunrise.  I absolutely love exploring Italian towns in the early morning read more…


Morning in Florence, Italy: A Photo Tour

Silent and stunning, the first two words that popped into my mind while walking down the cobblestone streets in Florence Italy. Sunrise brought this renaissance city to life, but not before I had a chance to beat the crowds and summer heat. Spencer and I spent three glorious days in Florence this past fourth of read more…


Reminders of Italy Haunt Me: From Frozen Foods to Sushi Train

I fully expected my return to the States to be emotional and difficult, and it’s proven true. After all, the first time I visited Italy in 2005 I cried for two weeks upon returning home.  I felt that a part of my heart stayed behind.  Each trip more of my heart remains in Italy. This read more…


The Impact of Italy: How A Summer in Bagni di Lucca Changed Our Lives

I’ve dreamt of an Italian address for a decade. My husband Gregg warned me before our first trip in 2005 that Italy would surpass my wildest dreams. When I stepped off of our flight it was love at first sight. Italy completely enraptured my mind, body, spirit, and soul.  Since that awe-inspiring day we have read more…


How to Defeat Jet Lag?: Don’t Ask Me

I fully expected that my body would violently protest my return trip home after nine weeks in Italy, and I was proven right! Spencer and I have now been home a week and I have finally beaten my internal beast called jet lag. Italy is six hours ahead of Indiana and our three flights home read more…


Italy and Son Goes Solo: For One Day

As our Italian vacation nears an end I could hardly say no when a friend invited Spencer for a sleep over. Our boys have become best friends and inseparable. So I packed an overnight bag for Spencer and gave a hug and kiss goodbye.  Then jumped for joy came back to our hotel and put on read more…


Fabulous Find in Italy: My Willpower Suffers Another Happy Defeat

I’ve come to realize that I have little to no self control when it comes to Italian pizzas, and my waistline proves it. For the past eight weeks Spencer and I have enjoyed incredible cuisine in restaurants across Tuscany and southern Italy.  While driving through Ponte a Serraglio, in the Bagni di Lucca area, we read more…


Bagni di Lucca Art Festival

The 3rd Annual Bagni di Lucca Art Festival kicked off last night in Ponte a Serraglio.  Huge crowds gathered in this quaint Tuscan village for the start of the seventeen day event.   The Mayor of Bagni di Lucca, along with organizers and artists, opened the festival with a ribbon cutting.  Eleven artists from around read more…


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