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Fly Away to Matera, Italy – An Ancient City Rising from the Rubble

Arriving in Matera, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although...
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Fly Away to Montmorency Falls at Parc de la Chute in Québec, Canada

I had never heard of Montmorency Falls before I visited....
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My Day with Frances Ford Coppola at the Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy

The Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy is a boutique hotel...
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A {Behind the Scenes} Look at My Writing Process

I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately....
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My Night in a Canadian Castle: The Fairmont Château Frontenac- The Most Photographed Hotel in the World

My Night at the Fairmont Château Frontenac Walking into the lobby...
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Next Up: Heading to the Isle of Wight for the Garlic Festival

Have just finished a fantastic week walking, cruising, and canoeing  the...
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My Day with Frances Ford Coppola at the Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy

The Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy is a boutique hotel...
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Best Places for American Expats in England

The UK Office of National Statistics estimates that up to...
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My New Camera: The Pentax Q10

I posted a pic of my new camera and was...
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The Expat Perspective: Raising Kids in England

Raising Children in England My daughter was born in America,...
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A {Behind the Scenes} Look at My Writing Process

Posted by on 10:02 am in Thoughts, Travels | 1 comment

A {Behind the Scenes} Look at My Writing Process

I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately. The weather here in the UK is switching between winter and summer every other day, and consequently I’ve felt like poop. I am also supposed to leave for India this Friday, but I still don’t have my visa in-hand. All of the excitement and butterflies that come with reaching a huge dream are on total stand-still while I wait to see if everything will work out. (Positive vibes appreciated.)   Thank goodness for my family and friends. Last month The Kid went off on her own...

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My Night in a Canadian Castle: The Fairmont Château Frontenac- The Most Photographed Hotel in the World

Posted by on 12:41 pm in Canada, Reviews, Travels | 9 comments

My Night in a Canadian Castle: The Fairmont Château Frontenac- The Most Photographed Hotel in the World

My Night at the Fairmont Château Frontenac Walking into the lobby I spied a boy of around five, wearing a tuxedo jacket. He didn’t seem to have a wedding to attend or family photo to shoot, yet he fit in with his surroundings as if the interior designer had commissioned him. Bizarre. The other patrons of the Le Chateau Frontenac were equally glamorous, although not nearly as cute. I watched as they waited for the immaculately dressed bellboys to fetch their luggage, a handful of different nationalities- and nobody seemed nearly as...

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Next Up: Heading to the Isle of Wight for the Garlic Festival

Posted by on 5:21 pm in England, Isle of Wight, Travels | Comments Off

Next Up: Heading to the Isle of Wight for the Garlic Festival

Have just finished a fantastic week walking, cruising, and canoeing  the Caledonian Canal with Caledonian Discovery in Scotland- but today I will be heading to the Isle of Wight for their annual Garlic Festival. (And hopefully some sunshine!) The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and is located off of the coast of Hampshire. Garlic has become a booming industry for the island, and the Garlic Festival is a celebration of everyone’s favorite tasty pungent bulb.     Saturday morning I will be hopping aboard the foot...

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My Day with Frances Ford Coppola at the Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy

Posted by on 3:29 pm in #HelloBasilicata, Italy, Travels | 10 comments

My Day with Frances Ford Coppola at the Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy

The Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata, Italy is a boutique hotel that was originally built in 1892 by the Margherita Family of Bernalda. After a major renovation- the estate has been transformed into something altogether magical.   Walking up to the unobtrusive blue washed doors on the main street of Bernalda, I daydreamed of what we would find on the other side. As only guests of the exclusive Palazzo Margherita have keys, we waited patiently for our guide to come and let us in.  When the doors opened, we walked onto the palatial...

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Fly Away with KLM On-board the DC-3 Dakota: Celebrating 95 Years

Posted by on 4:26 pm in The Netherlands, Travels | 12 comments

Fly Away with KLM On-board the DC-3 Dakota: Celebrating 95 Years

My face was in serious pain. I had been smiling non-stop for at least two hours and at this point I was really testing the amount of teeth to face ratio I could physically accomplish. My hands clenched the armrests, nervously, unsure of what would happen next as the tiny plane bobbed up and down along the runway. Looking out the window, sitting right at the wing, I excitedly watched as the KLM Jet Center got smaller and further away as we increased our speed. The propeller began spinning round and round, faster and faster, and in a split...

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