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Autry cellars artisan winery experience

By |August 17th, 2016|

When you think of great wines, California is as likely to come to mind these days as Bordeaux, Rioja, or Tuscany. It’s no secret that California’s wine industry has blossomed over recent decades to become […]

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Some Italians don’t like it hot

By |August 17th, 2016|

There it was again.

The intrusive buzzer that made us jump each time it echoed through our Italian villa. Someone was at the security gate, asking to come in. An unfamiliar part of our new life […]

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Home sweet home on a sailboat

By |August 16th, 2016|

Our home is a Beneteau Oceanis 473, which for the non-boaters, means it’s 47 feet long. I won’t bore you with the technical details (yet), but the basics are the boat has two bedrooms (cabins), […]

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gocycling in Europe – ebike

By |August 4th, 2016|

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the plug-in hybrid. I also love the outdoors. Most my friends love the outdoors as well. Sam and my husband, Stretch, talk about going on a bicycle […]

  • The Cruising Trifecta – Sunning, Sailing and Snorkeling

The Cruising Trifecta – Sunning, Sailing and Snorkeling

By |June 27th, 2016|

After what seems like weeks in La Paz, we finally got a good week to sail to the Islands of Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida with our Canadian friends Matt and Madalin, and we’re […]

  • The Streets of Italy, Mine is Bigger Than Yours

The Streets of Italy, Mine is Bigger Than Yours

By |June 27th, 2016|

Rita started it.

The day we moved into our villa in Naples she was at our front gate. A small dark Italian woman with laughing brown eyes, she came to our house the first time with […]

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Canadians stuck in La Paz, Mexico

By |May 18th, 2016|

OK, OK…the plan was for our friends Matt and Madalin to arrive from Toronto and for us to jump on the boat and spend two glorious weeks at Isla Espiritu Santos and Isla Partida, which […]

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Sailing to La Paz, the City of Peace

By |May 6th, 2016|

Livin La Vida Loca — in La Paz

I’m really starting to understand why media organizations have an editor-in-chief or some big shot to crack the whip on deadlines because when you have a lot of […]

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Going the wrong way on a one way in Italy

By |May 5th, 2016|

We were going the wrong way

The wrong way on a one-way street in the tiny coastal town of Arco Felice. Usually, roundabouts went around. Getting lost or confused about which direction to take while you’re […]

  • Lost and found in Benevento, Italy

Lost and found in Benevento, Italy

By |April 29th, 2016|

The road was getting narrow. Reaching out from the back seat of our Harley-Davidson Street Glide, I could almost touch the tall, rough walls on either side of the bike. Up ahead, our friend Joe […]