Suffering From Post Vacation Stress Disorder

For an entire month my family and I lived, traveled and ate our way through Italy.  We picked herbs from our garden, painted watercolors during the hot afternoons, swam in the pristine lake, ate endless amounts of fresh pasta and gelato, and drove all over the country in a quest to open up our daughters’ […]

Day 7 – Arrivederci Venice, Ciao Florence! (And the discovery of Nutella)

We ended our stay in Venice with breakfast at the hotel, and the waitress’s delight in plying our daughters with extra containers full of Nutella.  They had never had it before, but I’m sure it will be an instant addition to their European culinary adventures.  We tried to tell them that its just not the […]

Day 6 – Venice, Venice and more Venice (the tourist throngs cannot spoil this town)

We awoke to cloudy skies and a very decent hotel breakfast.  Even though it looked like rain, and did start to drizzle, the clouds were a welcome sight after so much unrelenting sun and heat.  We had a very ambitious day trying to fit in everything.  We started at a mask making shop called Papier […]

Day 5 Venice!!! (Do not have blind faith in the GPS!)

A five-hour drive.  DVD player loaded, headphones on, ipods ready and the GPS set to Tronchetto Parking Structure in Venice.  We were all set.  We got out at about 8:30 am and took off north out of Tuscania.  The ride to get the A1 Autostrada was incredible.   Up the Etruscan hills through Montefiascone, towards Orvieto, […]

Living La Dolce Vita

Three months ago while I was in the middle of preparing dinner my husband called from work and told me that he had been laid off.  You’d think in this economy I wouldn’t have been surprised, but the mass lay offs at his company had come in January and he had survived, so come April, […]