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. 😃

December news from MDE

December news from MDE

We have had such a whirlwind the last few months and could not be more excited about all we have been creating and doing and bringing to life! From a fabulous birthday for a special two-year-old to a disco fit for a queen celebrating 60 and everything in between! As...
Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is a must-include on your trip to Florence 💜 In fact, I make a stop here every time I’m in Florence. The Church of Santa Maria Novella and its monastery were established in 1221 outside the city gates of Florence. The monks began...
One of my favorite places in Florence: Santa Maria Novella

One of my favorite places in Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella – the name of the train station and also one of the city’s oldest churches. Actually one if it’s first – if you were wondering 🤩🤩 And one of my favorite places. The church, the adjoining cloister, and chapter house contain tons of art...
Italy 2022: Fast Facts about Florence

Italy 2022: Fast Facts about Florence

Buongiorno da Firenze! 💜 Florence Fast Facts Capital of the Tuscan region, once capital to the country (1865-70). Founded in the 1st century BCE. Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. And of course,...
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,...

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