Earlier this year I talked about putting on my Big Girl Pants in regards to having to do better at planning for retirement. I also talked about how Italy as always, just keeps tugging at my heart and soul. I knew I just had to go back, but would I be able to? Well, lo … Continue reading The Stars Align
Recently I came to the realization that I had to put my 'big girl pants' on. It was time I started being more of a grown up. I'm talking about, retirement. It is not that far away and I am not ready financially. I waited way too long to get serious about saving money. I'm … Continue reading Growing Up Is Hard To Do
On two occasions while in Rome, I was on the receiving end of kindness, understanding and compassion from 3 total strangers. 1 who spoke no English and 2 who spoke limited English. I was a guest in their country after all and there was no reason for them to speak my language. And yet, each of … Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers While in Rome
8 Days. In just 8 days I will be on my way to Roma, Italy. I am having a difficult time believing it is actually happening. I mean, after all these years, is it really and truly almost time to leave? Although the dream was of course, to visit Venice, that will be in 16 days. Ah... yes, Venice you know you are a Temptress!
Monday Sept. 28, 2015 It is another gorgeous day and if the weather report on my phone is to be believed, it will be all week. This morning, I am off to the Rialto Market in hopes of buying something and actually cooking. I got to the Ca' Rezzonico stop just as the last few … Continue reading Wandering Around Venice
Despite it still raining, we decided to go out and explore the city anyway. It wasn't pouring any longer, just a light rain. We dodged puddles and umbrellas on the crowded Ponte Vecchio Bridge trying to keep our eyes on the ever wandering Dennie with his camera. You don't even realize you are on a … Continue reading First Walk Through Florence
It seems with every few feet I walk, Venice opens herself up to me. She becomes more beautiful at every turn. You might think you are seeing her at her best, but you are not. Oh don't get me wrong, she doesn't have a bad side, but just take a few more steps and what … Continue reading Missing Venice
Thursday, Sept 24, 2015 Our second day we woke to bright sunny skies, a little cool, in the lower 60's. Just perfect in my book! I was afraid that I was going to wake a bit sore after yesterday's fall, but I woke up feeling the best I had since our arrival in Italy. The … Continue reading Florence Day 2
While Rome was not my first choice of places to visit in Italy, I tended to agree with the sentiment; 'If you are going to Italy, you should see Rome'. So see Rome I did. Well, some of it anyway. One of the reasons that I wasn't real interested in the city was I … Continue reading Off To Rome I Go!
AN UPDATE TO POSTPONING ITALY FOR 2016 In April I started to think I'd made a mistake in cancelling my trip to Italy. I was still well ahead of schedule in therapy, the doctor and therapist were amazed at how well I was doing and how quickly. So well, that my therapist and I did … Continue reading Update to postponing the trip