Water bus passes and new friends

It’s more fun to take the bus in Venice, because it’s actually a boat (called the Vaporetto). Since they’re used by locals and tourists, it can be very crowded (and therefore not always so fun, or even safe for those with mobility issues). But today we got on our first Vaporetto of this trip, and…

We’re going back!

It’s official! We’re going back to our beloved Venice, Italy! And we leave next week! Mama and I have been researching and planning for the last few weeks, but essentially we’ve been packing on faith. We didn’t have flights or an apartment secured until this past week, but we are absolutely thrilled that it’s now…

Joy from a Rescue Dog

A little more than four years ago, I adopted a rescue dog. I fell madly in love with Abby immediately. The lopsided, extra-large tongue and the bugged-out eyes simply melted my heart. Coupled with her adorable piglet-size and endearingly sweet disposition, she makes friends wherever we go. Abby and I met on a foggy San…

Venetian life filled with culture and friends

We’ve been settling into Venetian life quite happily. Mama simply glows here. Living here (even temporarily) brings her to life, and it is wonderful to see. Venice is a much better cancer treatment than anything the doctors have proposed! We are now at the halfway point — having been here for a wonderful two weeks,…

Where in the world?

We checked in at San Francisco Airport on Facebook, but only told a couple of friends where we were going. It’s a major trip, though very last minute. It’s been a difficult summer. At the start of it, Mama’s rare brain cancer returned (or so the docs think, but aren’t entirely sure), so we’ve had…

Experiencing Venice

If you find yourself with the opportunity to visit Venice, it’s important to separate yourself from the crowds of cruise ship people who treat this magical city as if it were an amusement park. Discover little alleyways, winding canals and hidden tavernas (like our beloved little taverna in our Campiello del Remer). Walk until you…

Enjoying Venice

Here I’m enjoying a little glass of dessert wine at my favorite nice restaurant in Venice – Ristorante Da Raffaele! (More pictures from our wonderful feast there and the adorable owner soon). Next is a photo of Mama throughly enjoying herself on the stone throne in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Gardens. She’s just glowing. Love…