Watercolor Travel Journal – Keeping memories alive long after the trip

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde I was 19 years old when I first read that line, already two years into my [...]


Day Trips from Florence: Off the Beaten Path in Italy

Tuscany has been inhabited for millennia, farmed and occupied and traversed, it’s a well worn yet endlessly enchanting landscape. It is named for an ancient, mysterious civilization, traces of [...]


How to survive traveling with friends and stay friends

We were two friends that had met well before children were an option – before marriage was even on the horizon, in fact. Over the years, our situations changed – Keryn now has a [...]


Ephemeral Spring Whisper Lilac Cocktail Recipe

Ever since I was a child, the nighttime rains of May always meant one thing: dewy, luscious, lilac scented air come the dawn. I grew up in Lombard, Illinois: self-proclaimed Lilac Capitol of the [...]


Rome Walking Tours Through the Eternal City with under 36 Hours in Rome

The turbulence strikes just a few minutes before landing -African winds off the Tyhrenean Sea challenge even the largest of planes making their morning landings. Some deft maneuvering by the [...]


Italy Day Trips to Bagno Vignoni in Tuscany

A tiny hamlet in the center of the incomparably beautiful UNESCO heritage Orcia Valley, Bagno Vignoni is accessed  from Montepulciano by a small road that offers ridiculously gorgeous views of [...]

History, Wine and Adventure for all ages in Sonoma California

Sonoma, California is a historically significant town at the southern edge of the Sonoma Valley, a short drive north of San Francisco yet seemingly worlds away. It is the social and political [...]


The Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa: family friendly, budget aware and in the heart of wine country!

So you had a kid…. That is absolutely no reason to shun wine country. In fact, quite the opposite – Sonoma is incredibly family friendly, and we were thrilled to explore it! Let me [...]


Where to eat in Italy: a dining options guide for food lovers

Art, history, vineyards, hikes, tours, delightful wanders – all that exploring works up an appetite! One of the best parts of traveling through Italy is the variety of fabulous dining [...]


Where to eat in New Orleans – barely scratching the surface of the greatest food city in North America

New Orleans – birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller and Bananas Foster, home to gumbo, jambalaya and beignets – the names alone sing, and when the flavors land on your tongue – ooo [...]