Tuscan Sunshine and Gelato

Piazza Cisterna in San Gimignano gleams in the bright Tuscan sun. It’s a place that is well photographed by tourists and professionals alike – with good reason.  While you are there don’t miss the chance to grab some Gelato from the master at Dondoli.  If there is a line, it usually goes quickly and is…

Remember Monteriggioni

It’s not a place you forget, then again, either is Italy.  I’m hoping to return soon and have entered this photo in the contest.  If you would like to help, please visit my Instagram gallery   Otherwise, please enjoy this photo and let me know how you enjoyed this wonderful town in Tuscany

San Marco Basilica in Venice

Venice. The courtyard of the Doge’s Palace, facing the San Marco Basilica. It was such a hot – over 95 degrees – day with humidity soaring. But we were determined to see St. Mark’s Square. We just couldn’t leave Venice without it. I was lucky to be able to get this shot as the square…

Cicchetti in Venice, A Tasty Treat

Hello. It’s me. Yes, it’s been awhile but I’m back!  Since I last posted I’ve been on many journeys.  Up and down in Spain, Tuscany and Rome again, Venice for the first time and to the Friuli region of Italy.   The photo above is from Venice where the Spritz reigns king. Here you can see…

Puglia Series: Sunshine in Gallipoli

Dive deeper into Puglia. – to the clear waters of the Ionian Sea to find the seaside down of Gallipoli. An easy day trip from Lecce.  Don’t forget your swimsuit!

Puglia Series: Sunset in Monopoli

The light in Puglia is not any ordinary light and as the sun sets it turns everything a delicious warm cinnamon gold.  Our first night in Puglia was not in  the town of Lecce, but rather in the seaside town of Monopoli. We took the local train from Bari

Puglia Series: Night Comes to Lecce

We embraced the evening as we did the beginning.  A cool wind whipped at our faces as we joined the locals in the evening passeggiata – a leisurely stroll around town – a nightly ritual performed throughout Italy. The cool stone radiated the warmth of the day. We shoved our hands deeper in our pockets…

Early Morning: Lecce, Puglia

We arrived in Lecce the day before by train and had trouble sleeping.  We woke up to the early morning light and crept out into the stillness of the morning, the grit on the damp stones beneath our feet making the only sound.  Puglia is magical and so unlike any other part of Italy.  Don’t…

Sunday Chicken Soup Bone Broth Recipe

Sunday is chicken soup day at my house.  We had a freakish May rain storm last night with gale force winds which brought much cooler weather than expected for the beaches in southern California.  Here’s an easy recipe for bone broth  which isn’t particular about portions. Just use what you have in your house and…