6 months home (the Recap)

Happy 2017! Hey, its been awhile. Let’s catch up a bit… Home is still my favorite place in all the world, but I find I cannot stay there long these days…the urge to travel has gotten the best of me during this particular phase of my life. When I left Germany last June, however, I…

Full Circle

Sometimes life meets us in the middle…. Some friends come and some friends go, but thank God for those who hang on and ride. I saw my great friend Katherine a week ago, on this side of the pond. We first met around 15 years ago when she called me for an interview. She was…

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…

Italian Art-Florence

Though I have been gone from Italy now for over two months, I still must tell a few more stories. I took a trip to Florence, the heart of Tuscany, with colleagues one weekend in the fall. We rode the train up from Naples, snacking and talking the whole way. Once there we got to…

An Island Holiday at Villa Marinella

American living in Italy appreciates quiet calm of the island  BY TABI UPTON -CORRESPONDENT Outdoor patio at Villa Marinella Southern Italy is known for its sunny skies and gorgeous terrain, but on this day, the sun won’t even get out of bed. I planned on escaping to an island off the coast of Naples to…

Rome and Home Again

     Chapters VI and VII-Mama and Daddy Go to Italy…   Our last leg of the trip was to be Rome, where we would spend a day and a half. Monday we prepared again to catch a train to the capital city. Before leaving Florence, we all stood, held hands, and prepared our hearts….

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,…

VENICE

Chapter IV: Mama and Daddy Go to Italy Friday we awoke early to race to the airport and fly to Northern Italy. Our AirBNB host picked us up and took us from the mainland down to the center of the island. (We didn’t know that the legendary city of Venice is actually considered an island!)…

Jet Lag – Mama and Daddy Go to Italy

Chapter II Next day, I visited the parents in the late afternoon. They were still in bed. “Ready to eat?” I asked. Just then, a coworker who had given me travel tips called to see if they had arrived. “My parents are still in bed,” I told him. “Leave them alone!” he yelled. “Let them…

Mama and Daddy Go to Italy

 Chapter I: The Answer is Yes! If Jed Clampett and Granny could leave the Ozarks and move to Beverly Hills, then J.C. and Janice Upton (my parents) could leave Tennessee and take a trip to Italy. It’s not like they aren’t already well traveled–they love to travel. But they are usually doing ministry when they…

Ciao, Italy!

Hello readers! I am happy to begin blogging again. This time I will be writing from bella Italia, where I will be until the holidays. To catch up, I came home from England in June and spent the entire summer at home. This was an awesome time with family because my sister, her family (minus…