Getting Lost in Venice

We step out into the early morning sunlight, and are greeted by an invigorating and brisk whip of fresh air. The streets are still and quiet. As we hurry along, we are accompanied only by the early morning chatter of the birds, the gentle whirring of a boat passing through the canal to make bread […]

At Least I Was in Tuscany

My excitement to return to Florence (as always) was practically boiling over the few days before I left (which I almost can’t even believe was a few months ago at this point).  I could barely contain myself just thinking about everything that I was about to do, and see, and experience.  Life in Italy is truly […]

My Year Ahead

In years past, the start of the New Year has often been a time for me to reflect, review. . .and then plan, plan, plan. And while I do really love the idea of creating a list of goals for the New Year, personally, I am finding myself in a different place this year. The […]

the Copley Square Hotel

Just as our plane touched down, my heart skipped a beat.  That little ding, the one that alerts us that it is safe to remove our seat belts, went off and I practically leapt out of my seat.  We both impatiently stood in the aisle of the airplane, wondering to ourselves what could possibly be […]

9 Things

Well to be honest, it’s been quite some time since I have updated my 101 in 1001 list.  Or frankly, have even thought about it.  But Ryan sweetly reminded me a few weeks ago that I should take a look at it again, and I figured that he was right. As I read through my […]

Being A Libra

I’m a Libra.  I was born on September 25th, and I seem to find myself pretty in line with most of the Libra characteristics.  Especially the most widely, and easily recognized, balance.  A scale is the astrological sign for a Libra, representing the desire to keep balance, and yep, that’s definitely me. I love the […]

Our Not So Best Laid Plans

So we needed somewhere to fly home from.  That’s really how this all started.  After Provence, we needed to find our easiest route home.  And believe it or not, as coincidence would have it, Paris was our ticket. But let me also be completely transparent with you.  I may have been looking for pretty much […]

In Search of Lavender

Fingers crossed, we had timed our stay in Provence just late enough into June that we would be able to see the first of the lavender.  During our trip research, we had read that the lavender sometimes can bloom as early as June.  But since lavender, like all things nature, is dependent on seasonal changes, […]

the Mistral

We had heard that it was coming.  The Mistral, that is.  But what it was, we weren’t quite sure.  From a very kind little shop owner, we had been told what we believed to be, was some sort of wind heading our way.  However, our conversation with that sweet woman was a very broken mix […]

Blanche Fleur

To be honest, I had the most magical, fairy-tale version of what Provence would be like set in my mind for months before we ever even traveled there.  And truth be told, my ideas were based completely off of assumption and fantasy.  I had pictured us staying in a tiny little village, almost in the […]