Spectacular Rome: Trevi Fountain, The Vatican


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Florence, Oh David!


Getting to Florence to see The David has been a big priority item on my bucket list and I must say the real deal did not disappoint! … [Read more...]

Milan, The Last Supper

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

We have finally entered the rainy portion of our journey but we still managed to walk around Milan for 7 hours seeing the sites. We visited the Duomo, and one of the first shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which was constructed between … [Read more...]

Venice. Magical!


Arriving in Venice by water taxi from the airport in the late afternoon with the sun breaking through an overcast sky was a perfect way to arrive in this breathtakingly magical place.     … [Read more...]

Hustle, honk, thonk!

Palermo apt, via Padre Congemi

Welcome to Palermo! Within minutes of stepping outside the secure baggage area we were approached by a young man who promised us a ride directly to our apartment at a bargain price of 45 Euros, and, he boasted "by an English speaking driver," no … [Read more...]

Mondello Beach, Palermo

sicily sand

What a great beach! Soft sand, clear shallow water, hardly anyone on the beach. That's the upside, downside, change rooms closed, oh well, small price to pay for such a beautiful day in the sun and sand.   … [Read more...]

Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan ll Mosque

October  28, 2013, Casablanca, Morocco A bus tour of the fish market, the royal palace and the Hassan II mosque. Casa-blanca, meaning "white house" so named by Portugese sailors in search of water who arrived and stayed, populating the shores … [Read more...]

Canary Islands Cruise

Red Flame, Goddess of WiFi, SubLime

The 9-day cruise from Barcelona to the Canary Islands seemed a perfect itinerary, every other day a port of call broken up by relaxing days at sea. Overall the weather was terrific, a little breezy at times but always nice for being on deck and … [Read more...]

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal


Funchal is an island in the Atlantic ocean near the Canary Islands off the west coast of Northern Africa. Surprisingly lush, the island and the people made our day here just perfect. Joined by Rena, who is the from the San Francisco area, the … [Read more...]



Barri Gothic Cathedral Sagrada Familia Church Barceloneta near pier Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Kathryn, Arc de Triomf amazing buildings Codorniu Winery … [Read more...]