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Weekend in Tuscany: Casole d’Elsa

A few times a year, we plan a weekend in Tuscany with our friends from Rome. It’s sort of halfway between where we live and where they live… and it’s Tuscany. So many fun things to discover. Last spring we went to San Gimignano and this spring we went to Casole d’Elsa. We found a pet-friendly hotel and were so happy with our choice, the Aquaviva Hotel & Spa. I’m sure there …Read the Rest

The Great Italian Chestnut Hunt

The Great Italian Chestnut Hunt

Italians and Their Chestnuts Italians love chestnuts. Ok, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but come late fall, chestnuts can be found everywhere in Italy: roasted chestnuts …Read the Rest

Lunch at the La Spezia Port

Lunch at the La Spezia Port

A few weeks ago, we woke up on a Sunday and had nothing to do. I had had a migraine the day before and woke up feeling normal again. That …Read the Rest

Venetian Carnival Masks – First Visit to the Carnival of Venice

Venetian Carnival Masks – First Visit to the Carnival of Venice

Up until this year I had never been to Venice. It’s only about two hours from where we live, so when Marco wanted to join a family friend to go take …Read the Rest

Italy Nature Pics: Spring Flowers

Italy Nature Pics: Spring Flowers

Spring is a beautiful season here in Emilia Romagna. Everything is green and lush, the sun is shining often, and everything is blooming. The famous Italian cherries in Vignola are …Read the Rest

Where to Ski in April? The Kronplatz of Course!

Where to Ski in April? The Kronplatz of Course!

When Easter falls late in the year and you still want to get some skiing in before the season is over, consider skiing in the Italian alps. It’s beautiful! Even when …Read the Rest

Pasta in Italy – Crazy Choices

Pasta in Italy – Crazy Choices

Everybody knows that Italy is famous for pizza and pasta. What I didn’t know before moving here is how insanely big the selection of pasta in Italy is. I mean, …Read the Rest

Italy Nature Pics: Field of Wheat

Italy Nature Pics: Field of Wheat

After living in the north of Texas for so long, I got used to a very dry climate: lots of sunshine, great blue skies, and warm weather; cool animals like horned toads …Read the Rest

Vignola and Its Famous Italian Cherries

Vignola and Its Famous Italian Cherries

It’s cherry time in Vignola! Every June this cute little town with the beautiful castle is all about the sticky, sweet, and staining delicious fruit that is a cherry: cherry and …Read the Rest

Them Germans… and Delicious Texas Food

Them Germans… and Delicious Texas Food

Funny story… Marco and I just arrived in Decatur, Texas, for a weekend of racing for him and hanging out and meeting up with friends for me. We got into town …Read the Rest

Back in China: Impressions

Back in China: Impressions

We just landed in China and we have some time to kill before our connecting flight to Guangzhou.  What better to do than finally end my blogging hiatus and write …Read the Rest

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