From the Valley to the Sea

Finding unexpected gems along the coast of Italy. Read More

In 2014

From the mountains to the prairie and everywhere in between, here's 2014 in review—the peaks and the valleys. Read More

Road Rules: Driving to Sicily

Learning to drive—the Italian way. Read More

Coastal Trifecta: Acireale, Aci Trezza, Aci Castello

Exploring the Sicily coast and falling in love with the laid-back feel of this under-the-radar Italian isle. Read More

Diving Anguilla

When we opted to stay over in Anguilla for two nights after a cruise, I never expected it to be one of the best dives I've had in recent years. Read More

Photo Friday

St. Andrews State Park, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

It’s around this time every year when we have our first serious cold snap—flurries last week! in Tennessee! in November!—and I start dreaming of an escape to Florida. Panama City Beach tends to get an unfair rap as simply a… Read More

Wears Valley, Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

I’m thinking of phasing out Photo Fridays by the end of the year—mainly, because I think they’re getting a bit stale, and freeing up my Fridays would make room for other posts—but until then, I’ve still got a handful of… Read More

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana

At this point in my travels, I’ve less wooed by the big cities and more drawn to small town charm with a commitment to all things local. A town with character and attitude. A town like Missoula. During my Ultimate… Read More

New York, New York

New York City WTC Memorial

I wasn’t in New York City when the towers fell. I wouldn’t move there until 2005 when the skyline had already been forever altered. While, at the time, I was in my freshmen year of college living with a roommate who… Read More

Recent Posts

From the Valley to the Sea

Pizzo, Italy

Begrudgingly, we left Connie and Gino’s lovely home after two nights and headed back to the Sicily coast, stopping to visit the fortress town of Enna in daylight hours along the way. This time, we cut through Catania, where we… Read More

The Best Little Bed & Breakfast in Sicily

Villa Isabella in Sicily

From coastal Sicily, we didn’t really have an agenda. We would drive until we didn’t want to drive any longer, check into a bed and breakfast when we decided where we wanted to go next. It was the perfect formula… Read More

Coastal Trifecta: Acireale, Aci Trezza, Aci Castello

Sicily

For the first few days we were in Sicily last summer, we stuck close to the coast. Not only did SVV live in these parts for three very formative years in his 20s, but honestly, who wants to be in… Read More

Road Rules: Driving to Sicily

Taormina, Sicily

The final leg of our European vacation this past summer was the whole reason we planned this trip in the first place: to visit SVV’s former stomping grounds. A couple years back we had the idea to spend his 40th… Read More