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!


Snow and Blue Sky!


Perfect day in Vail Colorado. Can’t go wrong with blue sky and snow! – Final Update – Never use them.

A couple of weeks ago I shared my experiences with you regarding attempting to book a trip through The good news is, I did get a refund for the trip I booked. The bad news is I am still out-of-pocket because of the currency exchange fee. If you read my previous post you will remember that this inefficient company charged my credit card in GB Pounds, even though I live in Colorado and was booking a hotel in Colorado.

It’s useless trying to fight this as each time I make contact with them, I get a different customer service rep, who simply doesn’t understand why there is a problem. The customer service is a joke, as are there supposedly low prices.

I finally booked my weekend in Keystone, through Keystone reservations  (thanks Anastasia) and got a much better price. More importantly I got polite and helpful customer service.


I was so happy with Keystone reservations that I booked two weekends through them. On both occasions, I am staying at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.

We stayed in this lovely cosy resort last April 2011 and loved it.  

The Bighorn Steakhouse is on-site at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, and is, in my opinion, one of the best restaurants in Colorado.









The view over the mountains, on a misty morning is unbelievable.

I love staying in Vail, but in January, February and March, Keystone is much more affordable.

A gondola takes you to the very top of the mountain, where there is a restaurant. There are wide open ski runs, which are well patrolled, so even nervous snowboarders like me, feel safe.

Keystone reservations thank you.