Italy

Books for the Venetophile (Venice-lover)

Besides your typical tour books of this wonderful city, delightful books abound to help you discover another side of Venice, Italy. Another Venice by Jacopo Fasolo features more than 50 lovely watercolor drawings of campos, buildings and canals along with a small photo and story correlating to each one. This […]

It Rains on Wednesdays…

Except this week! All four Wednesdays we’ve had the pleasure to be in Venice, it has rained in the afternoon and evening. We’ve even taken to joking that if it is raining, it must be Wednesday. That was all flipped around this week though when it went beyond pouring and […]

A Love Affair with Gelato

Don’t get me wrong, I’m already a big ice cream fan. Ben and Jerry are two of my best friends, and I’ll happily share my my favorite ice cream shop (or frozen yogurt or gelato) in every city in which I’ve lived. But NOTHING compares to Italian gelato in Italy. […]

A Very Different Kind of Trip

I’m living in Venice, Italy this month. I have the fortune of living here for a month — in a city most tourists seem to think they can “see” in a day or two! You’d think having been here a week already, I would have seen and done everything Venice […]

The Best Travel Tips

In just two weeks time, Mama Jude and I will depart on our very special trip (plus Abby and More Diane round out our traveling party) to Venice, Italy; and friends and loved ones have been sending great advice. I thought I’d share some of the best travel tips. Please […]

The Traveling Party

Meet More Diane In just a few weeks time, I will be traveling to Venice, Italy with My Amazing Mama, who’s fighting a rare terminal brain cancer, along with our sweet, healing service dog Abby. Given that Mama’s condition requires full-time caregiving, traveling abroad alone was a daunting goal. We […]

Finding the Perfect Venetian Home

A small canal in Venice (credit: Mama Jude) Due to our circumstances (I’m a FT caregiver for my amazing Mama fighting terminal brain cancer), finding the perfect Venetian home had to be Step 1 in our traveling process for Mama’s Last Wish Trip to Venice, Italy. We knew it would […]

Premature Isolation of a Young Caregiver

Mama Jude and Me (20-something years ago) I turned 30 this past April, something I find myself embarrassingly admitting lately. It’s what I find most isolating about being a young caregiver ― the young part. It seems most everyone else I meet caring for a parent is about 20 years […]