Spontaneous Dresden

Just found this blog draft from several months ago when I was still working in Europe! What a treat to remember this road trip I took with my friend and colleague Brigitte. We were headed to Poland to look at pottery but stopped in Dresden where the beauty of this German city captivated us. After browsing…

Snow Falling on Igloos

I am one of those people who has a complicated relationship with old man winter. On the one hand, I hate cold, wet weather. On the other, I love the idea of snuggling up to a fire with a good book while it rains or snows outside. Since I currently work in a cold climate,…

Street Art in Strasbourg, France

My colleague “Florence”, loves to plan trips with me in mind as the driver. When her lovely friend came to visit her, she asked if I might want to join them on a day trip to Strasbourg, France…and help drive, of course! I accepted, since I’d heard the city was beautiful. Off we went one…

Beachside Celebrities-Remembering Italy pt.1

I must, must finish my time in Italy. Today I want to write about the cities of Positano and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. Last fall, when I arrived with a tour group to the city of Sorrento, it was a vision of candle- lit restaurants nestled underneath graceful trees, walk-ways fit for weddings and…

Grapes, Coastlands, and Pizza

 Good Winds My very first outing in Italy was to a vineyard in Benevento, which means “good wind.” We saw gorgeous views, watched a machine crush a batch of grapes, and drank the liquid fruit. After viewing the winery and learning about the fermentation process, we entered the bottom floor for a tasting and several…

Florence-Tuscany

Chapter V: Mama and Daddy Go to Italy Saturday we caught a train to Florence, which is situated in the heart of Tuscany. After spending the night in a sculptor’s apartment, Sunday morning we joined an all-day tour of Tuscany. We boarded a large bus with lots of tourists from around the world: Brazilians, Australians,…