Italia- Lessons Learned

This post has two parts: 1. My final thoughts on Italy.  2. A summary, so all the planning information is in one place. Let’s get started. My Final Thoughts In this week of blogging, of remembering rushed city walks by ancient cathedrals and happy surprises, like sunsets and good food and chats with strangers, I…

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Renaissance and the Beating Sun

So far this week we’ve been through Lake Como, Venice, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and Rome.  Quite a list, to be sure! But we still have one more stop in Italy: Florence. Where we stayed: If you haven’t noticed yet, my qualifications when booking accommodations are a balance between location, price, and comfort.  The airbnb we…

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To Rome!

You’ve made it to Friday, congratulations!  If you have been following me since Monday you know that this week on the blog is a series of travel stories about Italy.  You can find Lake Como, Venice, Portovenere, and Cinque Terre by following the links. Yesterday I left you in Cinque Terre after a long hike.  Well, from Cinque…

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The Girl With The Lists

Yeah, that’s me.  I’m a list maker. I haven’t gone so far as to buy one of those ‘list journals,’ but as you can probably tell by now, I’m a big fan of putting my thoughts in numerical order.  Today is no exception. I was asked by a reader this week to give a summary…

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Managing FOMO

This past week I had two separate conversations about life, contentment, and travel.  And I was reminded of the internal struggle of enjoying where we are. So much of travel is about newness: about having new experiences, meeting new people, eating new foods.  And our lives need this.  Escaping our routines help us rest from…

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