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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

You’ve heard it, but do you believe it?

You’ve heard that so and so is the best but do you really believe it? How big is the gap between hearing something and believing it for you? Somewhere between the width of an eyelash and the width of the Grand Canyon, I would think… How often do you hear people telling someone that they look beautiful,… Read More »


Do you want a second helping…?

You’ve ambled Amalfi. You’ve feasted in Florence. You’ve vacationed in Venice. You’ve roamed through Rome. You’re not what we’d call an Italy newbie. You’ve tasted Chianti in Tuscany. You’ve perused Pompeii. You’ve gazed at the Blue Grotto off Capri. With so much Italy under your belt, the usual sights — Michelangelo’s David in Florence or a St.… Read More »


Palermo: 2018 European Cultural Capital

All sorts of things are happening in Palermo this October, just like they are in many other Italian cities. October is the month of festivals and parties and the unofficial ‘Welcome back from your long summer vacations” throughout the country. Italians, true to our basic nature, are social and we love to get together and just be… Read More »


Fall Hard for Italy…

In Italy’s rural countryside, green hills are molting into a sea of yellow and red. Olives and grapes – after sunning all summer – are ripe now. Small villages buzz with festivals devoted to the flavors of fall – from truffles to squash, from chocolate to wild mushrooms. By the end of October, popular seaside… Read More »


THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS WHILE TRAVELING

My stay in Sicily and to be more precise, in the busy town of Palermo, has reminded me once again that relationships are everything! As you know, we recently moved from San Diego to Sicily and while starting our new life in Palermo we’ve had to find resources for everyday things that we need in order to settle… Read More »


I want you to know this…

If you’re anything like us, you get flooded each day with marketing e-mails. Luxury hotels. Airfare offers. Cruise specials. When marketers inundate your inbox, it can feel like you’re drowning in a sea of “special deals” and “last-minute” promotions. You probably wonder, “Do they even know me or are they just fishing for a sale?”… Read More »


Would you like a local Italian concierge?

Isn’t it a horrible feeling to find out, after the fact, that your clients had issues during their trip? You know what I’m talking about, that nauseating, awful feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something bad happens to you that could have been avoided. It’s like being late for an appointment and… Read More »


Do you love pasta?

Fall in Italy is my favorite time of year. Towns bustle with festivals and fairs. Grapes get picked on foliage-draped hills. And, the air turns crisp and clear. In the fall, travelers might enjoy: * wine tasting and lunch at a small family vineyard * exploring the Tuscan countryside with a private driver * nibbling… Read More »


The Real Stuff!

When you travel through Italy it won’t take you long to realize how authentic Italy truly is!The people are real, the food is real and there is real sh#t (stuff) too. It’s real in every sense of the word! When traveling through Italy you can’t help but notice the good, the great, and sometimes even the… Read More »


4 Tantalizing Tuscan Towns

When you hear the word Tuscany, scenic pictures spring to mind… · rolling vineyards in the countryside of Chianti · the red sun setting behind Florence’s Ponte Vecchio · a hot air balloon floating over hilltop towns and golden fields Tuscany is not exactly a travel secret. Florence alone receives over 20 million tourists each year… Read More »


You’ve heard it, but do you believe it?...You’ve heard that so and so is the best but do you really believe it? How big is the gap between hearing something and believing it for you? Somewhere between the width of an eyelash and the width of the Grand Canyon, I would think… How often do you hear people telling someone that they look beautiful, that they are so nice, or so very smart, or one of many compliments that may or may not be sincere? How easy is it to dismiss a compliment we receive ourselves because we aren’t used to hearing it or we just don’t believe it? What about when you receive referrals, recommendations or suggestions for a company or provider “that is perfect for you” do you instantly act and move forward to try that company out? I can hear you all saying, “It depends Laura...” I agree and I would add that it depends on the RELATIONSHIP you have with the person giving the

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