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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

Doing the right thing is a good karma…believe me

Well, I’ve just had another one of those soul-searching weeks where doing the right thing created positive karma once again. I actually call it GPA…God Protection Agency! While walking my kids to school this morning I asked my mom her opinion on how to make important decisions. We ALL know that mothers have a well of infinite… Read More »


Rome — Relished, Not Rushed.

There’s just something about Rome. Maybe it’s the comic charm of the Roman people. Maybe it’s how the city mingles the old with the new. Or maybe it’s because there’s no one Rome to explore. Travelers to the Eternal City can unearth infinite Romes – from touring ancient catacombs to cooking carbonara with a local family. I’m… Read More »


Turin is my first love

I was going to say please don’t let my husband know that my first love is my hometown of Turin, but I realized that if he’s been paying any attention at all over the last 15 years then he already knows where he fits in the pecking order of things that I love. 2nd place… Read More »


What are your core values?

Back in December, the See Italy family gathered in San Diego and Sicily for our annual company meeting. We ate pasta. We shared lots of laughs. We distilled down our core values. So, what do we mean by “core values”? It’s another of way of saying this is who we are. Core values define and distinguish us —… Read More »


The See Italy Experience

Building See Italy over the last seven years has been a labor of love. As you know I LOVE what I do, sharing the Italy I know and love authentically with as many people as possible with the goal of changing lives and growing our extended Italian family. The labor I speak of mostly comes from being too… Read More »


7 Ways to Skip the Tourist Traps

Every traveler’s been there. You’re in a foreign country. You don’t know where (let alone what) to eat. You spot a sign advertising a tempting Tourist Menu! ‘Why not?’ you think to yourself. Flash forward an hour and your belly is definitely not smiling. Your service was sloppy. You drank watered down wine. Your pizza tasted like burnt… Read More »


OVERWHELMED BY THE UNKNOWN

I know, what a subject! Right? Well, as you know I gain inspiration for my newsletters by what I do, see and hear throughout the week. But THIS week my inspiration comes from a Mindset improvement class I attended a few years ago. The theme that week was the fact that most people do the same thing…swim… Read More »


What’s your costume?

Fried treats. Masked balls. Elegant soirées. In the weeks before Fat Tuesday (martedì grasso), Venice revels in Carnevale. Dating back to the 1200s, Carnival marks the start of the Christian period of Lent–the 40 days before Easter. Because believers will fast during Lent, Carnival is the feast before a self-imposed famine. Carnival in fact comes from the Italian word carne (meat) – the… Read More »


What about authenticity?

2018 is shaping up to be another banner year for us and we hope and pray it is for you too. I wrote the article below in early 2017 and I wanted to share it with you again because it reinforces the fact that you can never go wrong being true to yourself and following… Read More »


Italy’s Hidden Gems

You’ve ambled Amalfi. You’ve feasted in Florence. You’ve roamed through Rome. You’re not what we’d call an Italy newbie. With so much Italy under your belt, the usual sights — Michelangelo’s David in Florence or St. Mark’s Square in Venice, — don’t inspire you like they once did. What’s left to savor in Italy for a return… Read More »


Doing the right thing is a good karma…believe me...Well, I’ve just had another one of those soul-searching weeks where doing the right thing created positive karma once again. I actually call it GPA…God Protection Agency! While walking my kids to school this morning I asked my mom her opinion on how to make important decisions. We ALL know that mothers have a well of infinite wisdom. Right? The truth is that my nonna’s well is DEEP! She essentially said that if you believe that you are making a good decision, then act on your choice and…move on… When we first moved to Italy in September we really took a leap of faith and just did it. There was nothing perfect or easy about our relocation, but leading up to our decision, my husband Michael and I kept noticing what we perceived as a bunch of open doors. We interpreted them as signs of something greater than ourselves pointing the way and urging us to live in Italy…until we

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