Stopping in San Francisco

Thirty years ago, I came to San Francisco as part of my honeymoon. It was my first visit to the west coast, and to California. The city completely charmed us, as we visited the sights, and took part in local festivities. On our way from LA to Napa Valley, we thought we would stop in... Continue Reading →

Photos of Panama Canal

We went through the Panama Canal on Monday, November 19th, on Day 7 of this 16 day cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. It took all day to cross the three locks along the Canal. The Gatun locks (pronounced Gatoon) consists of 3 gates, and with each one, the water rises 28... Continue Reading →

National Housing Day – Nov 22

I became aware of Canada's National Housing Day in 2006. At the time, I was working with CMHC - Canada's national housing agency, and local affordable housing advocates had decided to mark November 22 as a day to draw attention to the need for affordable housing in many cities across Canada. I was convinced from... Continue Reading →

Is cruising for you?

We took our first cruise vacation in 2012. It was an exciting trip for my entire family, to mark my parents 50th wedding anniversary. The trip aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was memorable in so many ways, but we were the only ones in the family to catch the cruise bug. The appeal... Continue Reading →

Barcelona – How can I forget

Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon Barcelona like a jewel in the room If God is willing....If God is willing... We will meet again someday Friends until the end! VIVA BARCELONA! The song Freddie Mercury was supposed to sing with Monserrat Caballé at the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games kept playing in my head. The... Continue Reading →

When Uptown really is Up…

We were dropping off our friends at the Certaldo train station, when on our way home we noticed at the end of the street, a rail track going directly up the hill in front of us. Suddenly, it jogged my memory about something I had read, I believe in Rick Steves guide to Italy. Of... Continue Reading →

From Farm to Table

The trend in dining is - thankfully - farm to table where one prepares and eats meals using the freshest ingredients available locally, and in the season. We took to this back in 2014 when we were living briefly in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There, we were surrounded by fresh seafood, and fresh produce from the... Continue Reading →

Head over heels for Florence

Firenze - you conquer my heart every time. The last time I saw you it was March of '78. I was a mere girl of 15, and you won me over with your fresh strawberries at every gelateria and your magnifique paintings from Boticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Now, I am a mature woman of 55... Continue Reading →

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