Five tips for wine tasting in Tuscany

I’ve done wine tastings before. You pull into a winery, hear all about their wonderful product while sampling a flight of four to five wines poured...

Our first day in Rome, Italy, was quite an adventure. But who cares? We had wine.

Caio from Rome, Italy! We made it and Rome and intentionally did not pre-plan much of our first day in Italy. We tried that a couple of years ago...

We’ve been invited to tour Italy with Deb and Massi the Driver and we can’t wait!

Yes, we've been invited to tour Italy with Deb and Massi. She's from upstate New York, backpacked through Australia and New Zealand, and worked in...

Exploring Ancient Roman Ruins

When we stepped out of the car along a roadside overlooking the Roman Forum and ruins, I could hardly believe my eyes. I'd seen pictures of these...

St. Peter’s Basilica

I'd looked forward to this day since we'd booked our European vacation. I'd been to Rome twenty years ago, so had been to the Vatican, but Ann had...

More from Italy

Thanks, Paul and Connor!

Last summer, my brother and nephew took a father/son trip to Italy and did lots of sightseeing, exploring, and even took an Italian cooking class. While their schedules were busy, we really appreciated them taking time out to find postcards to send to us, even when it...

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A postcard from the Vatican

As you may already know, whenever we travel, we look for opportunities to purchase postcards and mail them home to our "postcard jar" [read more about that here]. We started doing this several years ago as a way to easily document our travels, remind us where we'd...

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Roaming Rome

The first stop on our European adventure was Rome. Since we were arriving mid-morning after a 10-hour flight, and because we weren't sure how Ann would be feeling due to her illness, we pre-booked a private car tour to give us an overview of the city until we were...

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