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Archive for January, 2018

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 »


It’s beginning to look a lot like Sicily

Well, yes, the holidays have ended and we’ve flipped the calendar to 2018. The big meals, on the other hand, continue on in Sicily as if every day of the week is cause for a celebratory feast. The New Year and the new booking season have made me realize that I am feeling as giddy as… Read More »


Are you for real?

We’re living in a farm-to-table age. We’ve all heard phrases like “straight from the source” before. But, when it comes to travel, doesn’t every trip go right to the source? After all –– Italy’s Italy, no? Countless companies will claim to bring you a local experience. So, how can you tell the real deal from a… Read More »


Sometimes you just have to let it happen.

I’m so exhausted this week that I don’t have the energy to put together even one “Italian best-practice sales tip.” Instead what I have for you is an outpouring from my heart about the need for connection. This connection was a key factor in our family deciding to relocate to Sicily. A sense of belonging was needed… Read More »


Grief or Gift?

Imagine it’s Christmas morning. You’ve eagerly waited for months, barely able to hold back your anticipation. You run downstairs and find a big pile of gifts with your name on them. Santa’s been very kind to you this year, it seems. So, you dig in – unwrapping gift after brightly-colored gift. You’re so excited, hoping… Read More »


From Sicily with love

Welcome to 2018. Since many of you have asked about how it’s going in Sicily, I thought that I would make a short video to fill you in on my experience so far. Click on the video below, send me an email or give me a call and I will happily catch you up on the… Read More »


The secret to joy…

I’ll be honest, I’ve given up on silly New Year’s promises. * I’m not going to kid myself that I’ll lose 50 pounds. * I’m not going to bake bread from scratch every day. * I’m not going to master Chinese in the next 4 months. Instead of criticizing myself for what I’ve been doing… Read More »


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