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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

First Hike of 2023

Baia di Ieranto. Coastal views never disappoint! I think I took 40 pictures of the same thing. I couldn’t get enough! An unbelievably perfect day spent with some of our favorite people. And, of course, we couldn’t end it without some caffè and gelato! Here is a scramble of photos of the Sorrento peninsula with…

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Bonci! Bonci! Bonci!

Just a little blurb on our experience visiting the famous Gabrielle Bonci restaurant, Pizzarium, while in Rome for the Epiphany holiday. The man who invented fried pasta! I’m not sure if his debut on Netflix’s “Chef’s Table Pizza” brought in the loads of crowds or if it has always been packed with people… but we…

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Befana In Rome

After a two-year hiatus, due to the Coronavirus, the La Befana festival returned to Rome this year! La Befana is one of my favorite legends here in Italy and we love to celebrate it with our son. I was extremely excited to learn that the markets would be in full swing in Piazza Navona, so…

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The Last Days of December

We ended the last two days of 2022 wandering around the hillside towns of Umbria. Nothing but peace and beauty, truffles, wine, stunning surroundings, and holiday cheer. In Spoleto, we were welcomed by nuns into their Nazareth Hospitality House for the night. Old walls lined the city. Spoleto was unique in that it had an…

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Holiday Munchies

Post Christmas sweets! This was our last Christmas in Italy so I wanted to make a “charcuterie snack board” with all the local holiday treats to enjoy one last time. That, of course, meant visiting one of the famous panettone bakers in town to try one of his creations. I purchased the traditional panettone (non…

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Christmas At The Vatican

Another one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. It reminded us a lot of traveling to see the Emperor while living in Japan many years ago to hear his New Year’s blessing and speech to the people. While we are not Catholic and not super religious, we decided to take part in this trip. We arrived early…

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Things That Make Me Happy

Vintage Clothes Coffee Trying on vintage clothes while drinking coffee Spritz’s & Pizza Neapolitan presepe My girl squad Took a break from the craziness of life, checked out for the day, and headed to Napoli to hang with some of my besties. A day of just living in the moment.

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December in Athens

On our first of two full days in Athens, Greece a visit to the ancient Acropolis was required. It was a beautiful December day to soak up the incredible remains and incredible views. Our hotel was located in the old town and had a rooftop view of the Acropolis (which, at the time was closed,…

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Carving Stone

One morning back in November, I had the unique opportunity to witness (and try a little first hand!) the ancient art of cameo-making with skilled master engravers! The Russo Family, at Palazzo del Corallo in Portici, operates in the field of gold & silver frames and shells and agate cameos for four generations. They are…

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