I had been dying to go on the Train de Pignes (steam engine) for years, at least ten, but was told that the train is limited to Sunday only. Thoughts of jammed train cars with tourists is never part of my plan, and Monday offered a lesser crowd, primarily a window...read more
Socca-torta di ceci, pois chiches, and Farinata: origin-Genoa, Italy “Street food is not fast food in Nice, and this is a local favorite. Socca is a traditional snack patterned after a crêpe or pancake made of chickpea flour. Chickpea flour came from the Ligurian...read more
We stayed aboard Le Sorelle, a converted Dutch river barge in London's West India Dock, on Canary Wharf. This barge has everything you need, especially your own private bathroom. A fabulous place to stay for its convenience to the Jubilee line. The owners are very...read more
My mother never made donuts and it’s a good thing; we were skinny kids because of it. My neighborhood friends were a Greek family a few houses away. Mrs. Varunes made donuts for her children on a regular basis. One snowy day while waiting for our school bus, they...read more
April 21, 2017 Alliance Française d'Atlanta I was pretty nervous all day leading up to the event, and there were many sleepless nights beforehand. Even a worry that I was going to get sick the day before or the day of. But once I got there, and saw some familiar faces...read more
The world’s most conquered island…Sicily! The Port of Palermo as seen from Mount Pellegrino Whenever anyone asks me what the food was like in Sicily, my immediate response is the Florida orange juice commercial; from the grove to the glass. I’m sure you’ve seen it,...read more
Anne Frank and the Rijksmuseumread more
Port of SFO…Tadich…Book Passage. I enjoyed my afternoon immensely, and it empowered me for several days.read more
Not to be missed: Pastry, Ceramics, Castles, paved streets like you’ve never seen.read more
“there was a constant reminder of where we truly were; roads cut through frozen lava.”read more
Villa Romana del Casale, mosaics seen from a catwalk. The most memorable was called the Bikini Girls room.read more
Estepona, Cadiz, ( Europe’s oldest city), Ronda, and Tarifa – all are a must!read more
“I was a tourist and these are the necessary places.” No, I did not buy coffee at the famous coffee shop while in Seattle. Still, I visited their first store for one reason only - I adore historical “anything.” I later found out it was moved from the original site to...read more
Dahlia’s, books, food & drink…what more could you ask for?read more
“I begged my mother to come with us…” As hard as I try and rack my brain, I can't remember the actual day that I started this journey. I had a huge fascination with genealogy and I remember discussing this with my Italian friend, Lynne Russell, who didn't qualify....read more
Pack a lunch to really get the flavor of sunshine, sea and beauty.
Coastal walks are a must in the Côte d’Azur. You don’t even need a car.read more
We were “winging it” again!.
Last month, my husband and I were driving from Palermo to Catania, Sicily, mainly to visit Mt. Etna.read more
Take the agony out of waiting….do something!
As soon as we locate the ticket office, and before we look at the admission price, we rate the line or queue ─ for standing time.read more
“He sang softly, the ‘song of the laborers’ from a former age, when the men counted each bucket of salt.”
The Museo del Sale appears to be in the middle of nowhere…read more
It was a splurge and well worth it.
We are not versed in the variances of cheeses in America. Even President de Gaulle once remarked about the French…read more
“the high-test fuel I needed for the museum trek.”read more