The Beauty of Abruzzo


I never tire of the rugged beauty and greenery of Abruzzo. It soothes my soul!

Gran Sasso d’Italia


So much to explore. I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent in Italy, from Lido de Jesolo, to Venice, to Garda, to Verona, to San Marino, to Rimini, to Sienna, to Rome, to the Amalfi Coast, to Naples…but now I’ve found the real Italy. I’ve found Abruzzo!

Pikes Peak – Dressed for a Wedding


Pikes Peak was showing off this morning when I got up. All dressed up and magnificent.

Color my World!















After a particularly stressful day at work this was just what I needed. 

Good Night 


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Cold Beauty of Colorado

Some days I just want to share the beauty I wake up to every morning.

If I could paint it, I would. 

If I could put it into a song, I would do that too.

I hope my photographs do it justice. 









Soup and Snowboarding

Seems like they should go together doesn’t it!  I just made a delicious pan of black eye pea soup from a recipe I found on a blog I follow.  The Cooking Bride : A Food and Cooking Blog This soup was delicious. Truly! I will make it again. I know it’s traditional to have black eye pea soup on New Years Day. So I missed the boat a little, maybe next year.


There is absolutely nothing like a bowl of soup at the end of a long day on the mountain, whether it be skiing or snowboarding. Well maybe there is, an ice-cold beer is pretty good too. I had hoped to snowboard tomorrow, but unfortunately it is not to be. Just not feeling great. Maybe next weekend. Missing the mountains so badly.


Not an excellent fast, or very brave snowboarder, but I do enjoy the view. Who wouldn’t? I will rest today, because my body is telling me to, but the mountains are calling. Keystone, I will see you soon.

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Hiking and Jazz in Steamboat Springs

There is something very special about Steamboat Springs. It’s a ski town with an unpretentious western flair. Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone are fun, but Steamboat grabs your heart. It’s people are welcoming, friendly and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

This is the sort of place I would really love to have a second home. It may be a three-hour drive from Denver, but it is worth it.

My new friend Sandra, and a native to Steamboat Springs, took me hiking this morning. What a great way to start the day. Look at the views!

It was a tough hike, but coming down felt good. We worked up an appetite and stopped off at Double Z BBQ to pick up some food to take back to the condo. The food was put in the oven to keep warm while we went and sat by the fire pit outside to enjoy a glass of champagne. It was a lovely afternoon. A jazz band played at the bottom of the mountain. This is what life is all about.


Champagne finished, we watched the rest of the concert from the condo on the 7th floor of the Sheraton with my daughter, her boyfriend (Sandra’s son) and Andy, (Sandra’s husband), whilst eating traditional delicious BBQ. What a great Saturday. I know Steamboat would prefer snow, but this weather was perfect for a four-day get-away in Steamboat Springs.

Black Friday


Only in Colorado


After living in Colorado for almost eighteen years, I still marvel at the beauty of the Sunsets!

It really couldn’t get much better than this!

Werner Mountain – Cafe Diva – Arsenal and Sunderland?

Where do Arsenal come in? Football season has started and as I compose my blog I am watching Arsenal v. Sunderland. I have become a reluctant Arsenal fan as they are the team of choice of my husband, and have been for years, along with Newcastle. The Gunners have become part of my life.

Back to what my blog is really about. Steamboat Springs.

Last Saturday morning we woke up in the beautiful Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs. It was raining heavily, but in Colorado, that doesn’t usually last long. When the rain cleared we set off on our hike up Werner Mountain to the Gondola. Most people take the Gondola up the mountain and hike back down, but we wanted a challenge. A challenge is what we got, but it was worth it for the views. The 3.8 mile hike to over 9000 feet took every ounce of my energy, but the views were incredible.

Half way up the mountain

I stopped to catch my breath and enjoy the view several times. It was gorgeous.

The wooded trail was like fairyland



















Eventually I reached the top (about thirty minutes after my husband).

When I got back down my feet were happy to rest
as I enjoyed another beautiful panorama.









Cafe Diva

Rested and showered we walked to the nearby Cafe Diva. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. Cafe Diva was recommended by our daughter’s boyfriend, who calls Steamboat Springs home.

From appetizers to dessert, the meal was a culinary delight even Gordon Ramsay would enjoy. Perfect ambiance also. I have rarely seen such a good wine list and we ordered a bottle of wine recommended by one of the owners. I will return to this restaurant. As we listened to people at tables around us, we discovered just how popular it was. Some of the diners were from the East Coast and returned to Steamboat Springs time and time again so they could eat in Cafe Diva.

After a relaxing delicious meal we returned to The Steamboat Grand and soaked in the hot tub until the sun slid down behind the mountains. A perfect end to a perfect day!

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