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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Emerging Hope

The last few days here in Istria haven't been the prettiest I've experienced here. Not terrible, but not the perfect sunshiny days that happen a lot in the springtime. The weather has been off and on with a few gloomy, cloudy days sprinkled with glimmers of sunshine. The warm beautiful sunny weather of spring has …

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Things Fall Apart

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Part Two) Things have devolved with the pandemic situation since my last post, and because things are changing so fast, what I wrote before now seems downright frivolous. This post may seem that way now or two weeks from now, but I just wanted to let people know …

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mom’s 8Oth Birthday and The True Meaning of Celebrations Eighty Years LovedBirthdays are important events marking the ages and stages of our lives, but when you reach the beginning of your ninth decade on this planet, it truly is something to celebrate. I knew my mom was approaching her 80th birthday when we left the …

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Thankful

Over the River and Through The WoodThe orange, yellow and red leaves swirled along the road to the small village of Juršići in Croatia as the sharp crisp, windy air of November and glowing sunshine of autumn announced this was going to be a day to remember. Inside the tiny European car my husband Mike …

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Celebrating Birthdays and Playing Mafia

"The city is sleeping," said the young Russian boy.  We all closed our eyes. As I sat around the beach blanket with six children from Russia, Italy and Croatia still dripping from the salty Adriatic Sea and playing the card game Mafia, I wondered, how did I get here? We had just been swimming off …

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The Tides of Our Lives

In case you have been wondering where my blog has been, the last six or so months have been a whirlwind and I honestly could not keep up. September and October were festival season in Istria and while most of the tourists had gone home from our happy place in Pješčana Uvala, the days have …

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A Love Letter to Croatia

As a young mother you never really appreciate how much you will love your children when they are newly born and how that love will exponentially grow throughout their lives.  I remember as soon as I delivered my youngest daughter Marina, I heard her sweet cry and she sounded like a little lamb. I fell …

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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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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Many times when we are traveling we have expectations of what we want to see and do and how to pack the most into the little time we do have. We sometimes deviate, but it's hard to do if you've set an itinerary in stone. Planning is good, but a little spontaneity can give us …

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