Crazy. Beautiful. And, Full Speed. Highlights of Our First Two Weeks of Tuscan Apartment Renovation

This morning, I write this update with the soundtrack of hammering pulsating from another room. We are two weeks into the renovation project and that noise, along with an oddly vast spectrum of destruction and construction sounds, is our current Tuscany-theme music. Our entire world is work-in-progress as we live in the space while tackling … More Crazy. Beautiful. And, Full Speed. Highlights of Our First Two Weeks of Tuscan Apartment Renovation

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

Since announcing our apartment purchase in Lucca, Italy, we’ve received a ton of questions about the selection process. What kind of places have you seen? What were your criteria? How did you make a decision? How did you know “the one”? We all enjoy peeking behind the curtain for a glimpse of how others live, … More Home Search: Lucca, Italy. Dream Pads to Money Pits, Here’s What We’ve Seen.

Pietrasanta, An Artist Colony along the Tuscan Coast. Here’s What to Know & Why To Visit this Fascinating Town.

    Location: Pietrasanta, Italy Nickname: Little Athens Vibe: International bohemian for artists and art-lovers.  In Italian, the word “Pietrasanta,” translates as sacred rock. That is perhaps the only possible name for a town located at the foothills of the majestic Apuan Alps. These mountains are famed for their composition and unique offering to the … More Pietrasanta, An Artist Colony along the Tuscan Coast. Here’s What to Know & Why To Visit this Fascinating Town.

This Castle in Northern Italy is Worth Planning a Trip Around. Here’s Why.

I realize this may be shocking…as we once again encourage you to visit northern Italy. Truly, we can’t help ourselves. We have traveled throughout the country and feel love for many areas from Tuscany to Amalfi, yet always gravitate back to this dynamic duo: Veneto & Trentino. Outdoor living and pursuits are boundless, wines and cuisine … More This Castle in Northern Italy is Worth Planning a Trip Around. Here’s Why.

Skip Cheap Trinkets. Here’s Where to Shop and What to Buy in Venice, Italy

The irony of owning scantly more than what fits in a backpack (stuffed to its limit, granted) while authoring a shopping guide isn’t lost on me. It’s true that I rarely shop and the mere thought of “stuff accumulation” gives me the shakes. The reason I was drawn to this assignment – to create a … More Skip Cheap Trinkets. Here’s Where to Shop and What to Buy in Venice, Italy