Burano, a Rainbow Island with A Lacy History

(Many people visit Venice and don't realize there are some truly beautiful and historic islands just a short vaporetto ride (boat taxi) away in the Venetian lagoon. Burano is truly a must-see destination if you are in the area.) Bright Colors. When you see them in a photo your eyes instantly perk up and tend to …

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Venice After the Time of the Coronavirus

I'm both teary-eyed and giddy after returning from a trip to Venice last night. Those of you who have visited this timeless place know of its charms, but these feelings snuck up on me as I returned for the third time.  Although I was truly enamored with the city the first two times (How can …

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Trieste: A City of Laurels and Inspiration

  Some friends and I visited the beautiful sea port city of Trieste in Italy yesterday, just a short ride from our home in the Istrian part of Croatia. As rustically charming as Istria is with its tiny hilltop stone villages and ubiquitous olive groves and vineyards, Trieste is charming in a whole different way. …

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Perfectly Imperfect Bologna

Reflecting back on our recent visit to Bologna in May, it's amazing to me what a feast of the senses this city was and that we almost didn't visit it.  You see when we planned our trip to Italy, we decided to visit Bologna only as a halfway point on our way to reach the …

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Trading Beautiful for Beautiful

It's May 12th and we are on our way to Bologna, Italy by car from Croatia. It's a symphony of red poppies as they are blooming everywhere along the roadside in our new hometown of Pula.  I've never seen red poppies blooming outside of photographs, and the landscape doesn't seem quite real dotted with these …

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