A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

Can you imagine pursuing a dream, working month after month to achieve your goal, then as your aspirations begin to reach fruition… Pandemic enters the stage. It’s a tale of struggle and uncertainty known to all too-many small entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world, including one of my favorite “new” places in Lucca, … More A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

The language of art is universal and unlimited. My Italian language skills, however, are not. Estremamente. For this interview, you will find below the text in English and Italian. Please forgive any errors. I’m trying and learning, always. And, I welcome any comments and feedback on the translation! A few years ago, while beginning our … More A Conversation with Artist Simone Chelini // Una Conversazione con L’Artistia Simone Chelini

View from Our Window(s) – Part I. Global Pandemic from the Perspective of Three Different Countries.

At the beginning of 2020 – not for nothing, but doesn’t that seem like a decade ago? – Matt and I had a dream of nesting in an apartment we had recently purchased in Lucca, Italy. That dream, however, as much as we’ve tried, has stubbornly alluded us (aka the visa-saga).  Maybe that struggle is … More View from Our Window(s) – Part I. Global Pandemic from the Perspective of Three Different Countries.

What’s It Like to Live in Rovinj, Croatia for 12 Months? Here’s 12+ Images to Share the Journey.

Matt and I recently marked what feels like a momentous occasion. We have now lived in an apartment above the outdoor vegetable market smack in the center of the lovely old town (stari grad) of Rovinj, on Croatia’s Istrian seaside, for 12 months – cumulative. (Naturally, this time has been split over many years of … More What’s It Like to Live in Rovinj, Croatia for 12 Months? Here’s 12+ Images to Share the Journey.

Home Search: Lucca, Italy. Dream Pads to Money Pits, Here’s What We’ve Seen.

A LOOK BACK: CHASING A DREAMIf you love architecture, design and property voyeurism (and, who doesn’t really?) then this story is for you. Our aim with this post is to provide a peek into the wildly different range of possibilities when looking to purchase within a historic city center like Lucca. These particular properties reflect … More Home Search: Lucca, Italy. Dream Pads to Money Pits, Here’s What We’ve Seen.