Scotland – Planning a trip in 2020

“The west coast of Scotland has many fine strands of blinding white sands and turquoise waters that could pass for Caribbean beaches if it wasn’t for the weather.” The Lonely Planet – Scotland Tweet Scotland is about the size of South Carolina, or half as big as Wisconsin, or 30,000 square miles. So, where should […]

Eating in Aruba

Aruba Faro Blanco restaurant

For a spectacular view visit the California lighthouse, at the northern tip of Aruba. It was built in 1914-1916 and named after the steamship California which wrecked nearby in 1891. The lighthouse is open to the public and you can climb to the top for panoramic views. If you want a great Italian dinner, make […]

Aruba -Why My Happy Place?

Aruba beach

Aruba’s license plates have the motto, “One happy island”. In our experience, I would say, 100% accurate. We arrived in Aruba in the early afternoon. The sun was shining, it was 84 degrees, just a few clouds in the sky and a cool (Jamie says warm) breeze blowing. Exit off the airplane, customs/passport control was […]

10 Things to do in Rome

First of all, let’s be clear. You could spend a lifetime in Rome and not see everything… we had 3 days. On the first day we traveled to Civita di Bagnoregio (see post) so that left us 2 days in Rome. Hotels are really important to us and Jamie has to have a pool. That’s […]

Top 20 Things To Do In Venice!

Venice – Venezia The only thing I knew about Venice was what you see at Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel… a couple of bridges over a pristine canal and some romantic gondolas with gondoliers dressed in striped red or blue T-shirts. I was completed awestruck at my first look of the real, authentic Venice! […]

Civita di Bagnoregio – Ancient Endangered Hill Town in Italy

THEME: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden! Matthew 5: 14 MOVIE: The Name of the Rose (Sean Connery, 1986) KINDLE: (Il nome della rosa) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Italian Author), 1980 WINE: Le Poggere Rosso Lazio IGT , (Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese), […]

10 Most Romantic Getaways in Europe

Europe is widely acclaimed by tourists from all over the world as the most romantic continent. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Latin (or Romance-speaking) countries, in particular in Italy, the cradle of Romanticism (after all the word is derived from Rome). Here is our selection of Europe’s most romantic places. We have considered […]

Amalfi Coast – Italy

Italy Amalfi Coast

Our trip to the Amalfi Coast will not be long forgotten. It’s no wonder so many movies are made in Italy, the surroundings are stunning! We never had a bad meal and always had great wine to drink! We booked our stay at Medusa Hotel & Boutique Spa in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples, Italy. […]

Spring Break in Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia

Why St Lucia? St Lucia is a beautiful island in the Caribbean and is outside of the hurricane zone plus not many, if any, students go there on spring break!We decided to use VRBO to try it out but because we were booking last minute it wouldn’t work so we used booking.com and we were […]

Falesia Week in Albufeira Portugal

THEME: I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. Romans 15:24 MOVIE: Night Train to Lisbon (2013) KINDLE: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (also Life of PI) 2016 WINE: […]