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
During a free walking tour organized by Larnaca Tourism Board, I had the privilege of meeting several prominent sculptors, painters and craftspeople breathing new life into the city’s most historic neighborhood. This area, located in the heart of Larnaca, was once home to the city’s Turkish Cypriot population until most fled north of the island’s dividing “Green … More These artists bring life to one of Cyprus’ most fascinating and historic neighborhoods
This interview is a bit different from our usual profiles of people we meet while traveling. In this case, it’s a family affair. Matt and I are endlessly inspired by our cousin Rob, his wife Julee and their three kids. This adventurous family of five moved from Houston, Texas to Ningbo, China when Rob’s company offered … More An American Family in Ningbo. Beaches, Brewing and Basketball, A Rich Culture Immersion.
Sometimes small words conjure oversize magic. When our friend Massimo asked if we would like to help with olive harvest on Hvar island’s #UNESCO-recognized Stari Grad Plain, we said, “Uhm, yes,” and soon found ourselves in a field belonging to the Stancic family. Huddled with sons, cousins, neighbors, friends – and us newbies – the … More What’s It Like to Harvest Olives on a Croatian Island?
I’ve recently heard it said that you always meet a favorite person or discover the best spot the day before you leave a place. I have thought about this wise travel lesson since leaving our housesit in the Tuscan village of Fivizzano. During the last week, we began to settle in and hit a stride that … More Meet Cute with an Ancient Italian Elixir