Traveling help

Wednesday was a long day for us. Mama and Paisley and I woke up in Venice, Italy, and flew to Chicago and then San Francisco. We couldn’t have done it without the help of at least a dozen people along the way. Many thanks to our dear friend Anna, who met us at our apartment…

Italian take-away

Venice is divided into six sestiere, or neighborhoods, and Mama and I are staying in Castello. We’re just one bridge and two corners away from our apartment five years ago, which is awesome because we can frequent some of our old favorite spots. When I popped out to pick up our laundry tonight, I also…

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…

Quick reunion plus tiramisu

Today was our first full day in Venice, and we spent much of it recovering from travel. Mama and I did get to enjoy our lovely garden — and Paisley loved it too! The sounds of Venice are so different from home. Church bells ring out in an as-yet-undistinguishable pattern. Boat traffic included various sized…

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,…

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…

Leading the Way Home

Abby, our little Bug (Boston Bull Pug), has a great sense of direction, among her many wonderful traits. She loved to try to lead the way, and once we got near enough to home, I’d unhook her leash and let her lead us through the last two alleyways and courtyards. Abby was very popular in…