Running the streets of Rome

When visiting Rome for your first time, what you’ll notice is how crowded and full of tourists the city is. They are everywhere – and most likely are in all of your photos. But tourists do sleep as I learned when I booked a Rome running tour through LivItaly. My guide (who was an American…

What would Romans do?

This past spring, one of my best girlfriends decided to try going solo. The plan was that she would do Paris on her own and then would meet me for a weekend in Rome so we could swap stories and catch up. The thing is that after spending a week running around Paris, you kind…

Learning to make pasta in Tuscany

I’ve been getting a lot of requests on how to make pasta after I had the afternoon lesson in Tuscany. I’m going to share the recipe below, but if you can visit Tuscany and learn from a Nona (grandma) like I did, please do. It was a great experience. After cycling the morning through the…

Visiting the other Bellagio

This weekend it was time to visit the other Bellagio.  You know…the one that’s not in Las Vegas; but the one that’s in Italy on Lake Como. Instead of taking the train, I decided that I would drive this time.  Let me say that there are pros and cons to driving.  The pros include being…

Hunting for Truffles in Tuscany

These are not truffles, but this was the woods where we found them. Google is a wonderful thing.  Or maybe it’s a dangerous thing for my pocketbook…as it lets me act on a whim. The whole reason I needed to go to Tuscany in November (in addition of being in desperate need of hermit weekend)…

The weekend I ate too much in Tuscany

The view from the house. I’ve had great experiences with AirBnB in last two years.  I’ve stayed on houseboat in Cairo (see blog post), a fantastic house overlooking the desert in Arizona (see it here) and numerous little apartments in Paris. Coming up the walkway to the Tuscan Farmhouse This weekend was another AirBnB adventure…

Breakfast at Savini in Milan

  One of the perks of living in Switzerland (besides all the delicious cheese and chocolate) is how close it is to other cool places – like Milan.  I learned this week that a train from Lausanne to Milan is only 3 hours – and you know what that means. Day trip!!!       Catching the…