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"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family (or horses!). Every minute should be enjoyed and savored...." ~ Earl Nightingale

St. Peter’s in Rome – did you know?

St. Peter’s in Rome – did you know?

Did you know that St. Peter’s is the largest and wealthiest church in the world, and it was built with bronze taken from the pantheon and marble from the Roman forum and the Colosseo? And, that St. Peter was crucified on this very ground (under the bronze altar piece...
Winter Wonderland Fun in Chicago 2018

Winter Wonderland Fun in Chicago 2018

Tis the season to celebrate in the city! Whether you’re looking for free experiences or fun for the whole family, there’s a never-ending list of wonderful sites to see and things to do this winter in Chicago. We’ve narrowed it down to our top five picks you won’t want...
How I always find myself in Tuscany

How I always find myself in Tuscany

Photo: Collin Pierson It is always with a heavy heart that I leave Florence, Lucca and all of my loved ones. Many years ago, I found myself here. I learned about the woman I wanted to become. I learned about independence, and communication. I learned how to take...
Destinations: Firenze; Mercato Nuovo

Destinations: Firenze; Mercato Nuovo

Photo: Collin Pierson There is not much that is better than time with my dad in Italy. We have had so many adventures and shared a lot of laughter here throughout my life, but especially on Italy trips. I am really, truly happy to be here with him. As many of you may...
Destinations: Montalcino, Italy and a day of wine tasting!

Destinations: Montalcino, Italy and a day of wine tasting!

…”Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave…” ~ Frances Mayes The thing about Tuscany, what makes it so truly...
Destinations: Santa Croce, Firenze

Destinations: Santa Croce, Firenze

Photo: Collin Pierson Is there anything better than being in a place that I love with the people that I love? The fall is my favorite time of year here in Tuscany. I love warm coats, less tourists and brisk walks. Welcome to Florence, @caitlynshiels! First up on the...
Destinations: Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze

Destinations: Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze

Photo: Facibeni “To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest...
A special thanks to our veterans, including my dad

A special thanks to our veterans, including my dad

…”As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy Thank you to my father, and to all of the men, women, and animals who have served. It is because of brave...

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