Dangling the Carrot

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I’m by no means rich, not in money anyway. I have a beautiful daughter, a great son in law and I’m married to a good, somewhat quirky man. I live in the gorgeous state of Colorado. My passion is travel. I love traveling, as you may have gathered if you read this blog. I love the history and the character of both Italy and Mexico. In a little over a month, we’re flying to Italy. My husband and I are meeting friends in a villa in Campania on the Amalfi Coast overlooking the perfect Mediterranean. My daughter and her husband (and a couple of their friends) are joining us. Vacation family style. Love it.

When I come back I’ll be sad, so I booked my 2018 vacation in Mexico…..I call it “Dangling the Carrot”. Its what keeps me going.

55 Days to go!

If I could start my career over again, I’d be a travel counsellor. Nothing gives me more pleasure than traveling to new places and visiting place I’ve been before and loved.

Since my last trip to Italy (two years ago), I’ve had health concerns, a visit to the emergency room and more stress than I care to talk about, but I’m hoping to exercise the daemons and get all of these issues blown away in the place that soothes my heart and soul, Italy! I can’t wait to sit in the pool of the beautiful villa we’re renting, and look out at the perfect blue waters of the Mediterranean. 55 Days to go!

 

Italy – My Sleep Potion

dsc03515Sunday morning means sitting in front of my laptop paying bills. (It has to be done)

It also means blogging and working on my next book. Love doing that, wish I didn’t have to work, and could do it full-time, but bills have to be paid.

I’m sipping my second cappuccino (daren’t have more than two or I won’t sleep tonight), and thinking of Italy. It’s over a year since our last trip and less than a year before our next one. Can’t wait! Looking forward to retirement and wintering in Italy. Oh that will be so much fun. Wish I could have afforded it earlier in my life, or wish I could afford to retire now. Good things are worth waiting for though.

It also occurred to me, that when in Italy, I can drink as many cappuccino’s as I want, without causing sleep issues. Never after midday of course, that’s just not good etiquette! I wonder if I can get my doctor to write a prescription for me to retire early and live in Italy, isn’t it her job to heal my insomnia?

Anacapri – Italy

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Dreaming of Italy again! It’s almost a year until my next visit, but its planned. Naples for a couple of days before taking the ferry to Capri and staying in a beautiful B&B in Anacapri. I’m very excited! After Capri we’re staying in a villa in Scala on the Amalfi Coast. Could life get much better?

Maybe! There’s a small chance I may be spending a week in Verona in November. If I still lived in England, I’d spend every weekend in italy, but alas its a long flight from Denver.

 

Barcelona

IMG_0569My passion is Italy and everything Italian. I can’t get enough of the country, the culture, the food, the wine. It’s been a love affair since as long as I can remember….

My husband spent a couple of days in Barcelona this year, it was a guy’s trip and focused on football, but I enjoyed the photos he brought back.

Our next trip to Italy is scheduled for July 2017, we’ll be staying in a villa on the Amalfi Coast, close to Ravello (I LOVE RAVELLO), but I’m wondering if it might be a good idea to fly from Naples to Barcelona and spend a few days there! Can I tear myself away from Italy for four days?????

 

 

Cappuccino and the Rooftops of Rome!

DSC02995Thou shalt only drink cappuccino or any milky form of coffee in the morning, and never after a meal.

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The first time I tasted Cappuccino was in the early seventies. My mum and crazy aunt took me to Italy, Rimini to be precise. It was one of those package tours that were so popular in England back then. We stayed in the Hotel President, by Piazza Tripoli and just a couple of blocks from the beach. I’d dreamed of visiting Italy for as long as I can remember. Not sure why, but it was (and still is an obsession) of mine.

I’m at home in italy, it soothes my soul.

Now, even though I live in the US, I return as often as possible and have travelled from north to south. I have favorite cities and towns of course. Breakfast at Hotel Vittorio on the banks of Lake Garda is wonderful. An ice-cold glass of champagne overlooking the Amalfi Coast in the Beautiful Hotel Villa Maria is heavenly. Tasting wine at one of the many Tuscan Vineyards with good friends is amazing.

However, one of the most exciting, exhilarating places to drink Cappuccino, is on the rooftop of the beautiful Marriott Hotel ‘Grand Flora’ at the top of Via Veneto in Rome! One cup is not enough as you sit and anticipate the day ahead. I never tire of it and I never will.

 

Italy – Always on my Mind!

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The beautiful flower lined, shaded streets of Ravello!

 

Pictures of Mexico

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Vacation Anticipation!

You have to admit, one of the best things about a vacation is the anticipation.

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And for my Next Trip to Italy

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Rented a villa which sits just behind this old ruin and overlooks Amalfi. Beautiful, gorgeous. I don’t want to come back and I haven’t even gotten there yet!

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