Tag Archives: Rome

When you go to Rome but your suitcase goes to Myanmar

My new friend Carol Cassara has some great tips on avoiding lost luggage and agreed to let me share her post: Check out Carol’s story here! It’s called “Dude, Where’s My Luggage?” – love the title. And her suggestions are … Continue reading

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An armchair traveler goes to Italy

I think I like to read about other people’s travels almost as much as I enjoy traveling myself. Over the years I’ve accumulated a small mountain of books – in print, and on my Kindle – written about everything from … Continue reading

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Mean Girl on the Mediterranean

Full disclosure – my first (last and ONLY) cruise on a large ship is the basis of this article. I have been struggling with writing this all week because, well, I don’t WANT to be a Mean Girl. In a … Continue reading

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Reasons to return to Rome, Part Five: Splish, splash, I want to see a Roman Bath

Normally, my television viewing isn’t especially high brow or educational. I don’t watch “Honey Boo Boo” or “The Bachelor,” but I am a big fan of “Project Runway” and “Masterchef,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Downton Abbey.” In short – I don’t … Continue reading

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My favorite family vacation

When my son was growing up, I was a single mother with limited time off and a modest budget. Chris actually spent many vacations flying to his dad’s home to enjoy time with Jeff, Ellen and his half-brother Sam and … Continue reading

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Reasons to return to Rome, Part Four: Keyhole in the Green Door

One of the lesser known attractions in Rome involves the simple act of looking through the keyhole of an old green door. The door is located on a site that was originally a palace, then a Benedictine monastery, and then … Continue reading

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Reasons to return to Rome, Part Three: Explore Trastevere

Though I knew it existed, I imagined the Trastevere as a kind of remote Roman suburb. I knew it was across the Tiber River, and it looked like it wasn’t that close to the major sites and activities you’d normally … Continue reading

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Reasons to return to Rome, Part Two: Cook like a Roman!

A different and tasty approach to exploring Rome is to sign up for a cooking class or food-tasting tour. That’s exactly what my friend Fran, her daughter Mallory and I did during our visit to Rome last October. After researching … Continue reading

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Reasons to return to Rome, Part One: Campo de’ Fiori

When Americans travel to Europe, it’s tempting to say we’ve “done” Paris, or Amsterdam, or Florence, or wherever we’ve spent a couple days seeing the sites. You jump on the Hop On-Hop Off bus and race to see the Mona … Continue reading

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Gelato my dreams

Ciao, mia amici, ciao! I am home from my Mediterranean cruise on the Costa Serena (much more to come about that) followed by four days in the Eternal City of Rome. With so much to see and do, I felt … Continue reading

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