Category Archives: Travel

Our Italian Encore

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”–Giuseppe Verdi (Italian composer)   LAKE COMO, ITALY The clock is ticking and as we anticipated our departure date of July 31st from Crete, we decided to squeeze in one more … Continue reading

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Peddling the Peloponnese – Hilltop fortresses and vineyard valleys

The Peloponnese is a leaf shaped peninsula hanging off the southwest coast of mainland Greece and is famous not only for many archeological remnants of a history that rivals Crete’s Minoan ages, but for its natural beauty from mountain tops … Continue reading

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The deep stuff of life

  The months of March and April flew by in a whirl of nightmarish activity.  I really debated as to whether or not share the last two months on my blog.  I mean, this is really close to my heart … Continue reading

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By all means, when you come to Greece, go to Athens. The Acropolis and its state-of-the-art museum is a must-see.  Walk the old Plaka area, visit the quaint and quirky shops and indulge in the excellent cuisine.  That should take … Continue reading

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Vicenza, Italy

“So stinkin’ FUN!!!”  So well put by my five-foot, fun-loving, bundle-of-energy friend, Silvia to describe our visit to Vicenza, Italy.  The Mabie family is hands-down one of our favorite families on the face of the earth.  Imagine two great people … Continue reading

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Biking the Bodensee

Our dream of biking in Germany came true when we ventured off for a week in September to bike around the Bodensee located in southwest Germany.  The Bodensee (German for Lake Constance) borders three countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and … Continue reading

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Pinnacles of Peace

Greece’s economy is not the only thing on the rocks.   On a positive note, it can boast about one of its national treasures that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Meteora sits among a valley of natural rock formations and … Continue reading

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Delphi – A trip into the bellybutton of the world

The deeper we traveled into the center of mainland Greece, the more beautiful and serene it became.  Villages perched on hillsides had an ambience of wellbeing in spite of the ongoing financial crisis.   Perhaps it was the friendliness of the … Continue reading

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Life Happens

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. (C.S.Lewis) This blog is dedicated to two very special lives – my mother and our new grandson.  Both were souls to celebrate as they passed from … Continue reading

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How do you turn down a round trip flight to Pisa, Italy direct from Hania, Crete for under 100 euro?  Answer:  You don’t.   And thanks to Gio and Jenn who keep a home in La Spezia while they are … Continue reading

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