Travel

Chicago is where I was born, but I am truly a citizen of the world and a perpetual student of life.

From the beauty that is lake life in Traverse City, Michigan to the incredibly energy of Barcelona, Spain - I move in a lot of directions throughout the year.

From the hustle of New York to the quiet beaches of Cabo San Lucas, and from the historical Washington, D.C. to my familiar streets of Florence, all feel like home to me in one way or another. I spend much of my life in the air getting from one place to another and I love it.

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One place that is always close to my heart, though, is Italy. Truly the place where my soul feels at home and where my heart feels full. As I pour over works of art, walk the city streets, learn the regional specialities, and celebrate the friendships that have carried me through decades, I have learn about me, who I am, and what I need to be the best version of myself.

And isn't that the point of travel? To increase your awareness of the world around you, to participate in it. I live to learn about new cultures, languages, foods, landscapes and traditions so that at the end of the day we all realize how connected we are and how small this great big beautiful world really is? Here is your passport to adventure as my travel buddy. I plan on sharing everything from travel tips to favorite eats and everything else I encounter while traveling. And remember, I travel solo, with my husband and sometimes even with a caravan of 4 horses, two dogs, a motorhome and my gold cart! So trust me when I tell you the travels are diverse, different and rarely boring. 😃

Wanderlust, or intentional travel?

Wanderlust, or intentional travel?

While some have a non specific yet driving sense of wanderlust, I instead find myself drawn to specific places for very intentional reasons. Travel for the sake of covering as much ground as possible, or to see everything in two days is just not for me. 😎. I am also...
Traveling in Italy, my first time in Emilia! 

Traveling in Italy, my first time in Emilia! 

My travels in Italy took me to Emilia Italy is gorgeous and I’m delighted to have Emilia to my list of places visited. It is home to the historic Torrechiara Castle (Castello di Torrechiara) is a 15th-century castle near Langhirano, in the province of Parma,...
Santa Maria Novella: the World’s Oldest Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella: the World’s Oldest Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy Christmas shopping in the world’s oldest pharmacy is a pretty awesome way to shop. The Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella can trace its roots back to Florence 1221. In that year, Dominican friars founded the convent of...
Some of my favorites in Florence

Some of my favorites in Florence

Must-visit locations in Florence My list of favorite places in Florence is a long one! And while I love spending time seeing all of my favorite sites in Tuscany, it is truly the people that make our experiences so incredibly wonderful. This is my special shout-out to...
Viareggio in December ✨

Viareggio in December ✨

My recent travels last December took me to Viareggio, Tuscany Visiting Viareggio last December was nothing short of magical. Viareggio is a city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a population of over 62,000, it is the second-largest city within the province of...
Under that Tuscan Sun

Under that Tuscan Sun

Pockets of sunlight in the most amazing places ✨ Collin Pierson captured Felix and I figuring out our to-do’s for the day on a beautifully sunny morning. ✨ Fun fact: the structure behind me, The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria, is a building on...

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