After another very great Gate1 Travel fly-drive deal for Italy, Marcy and I find ourselves back in Montecatini Terme – a town about 25 miles west of Florence.  We are very travel-weary but I think we have gotten used to the rhythm of how it feels to do…

Sure, I’ve had a few seasons of the blues. Of course, winter is the perfect blue season, and the cold, coughing, stark, sloppy, bill-paying January blues can be the worst. A small dose of Isaiah 40:31 always seems to get me back to a quick…

To be honest,  I have worked on this post for a long time.   I wondered if anyone really cared about foreign credit card and money issues, and didn’t want to labor too long if the topic was not useful,  but then a friend asked…

A bit of set-up is in order, this blog entry was inspired by Cheetos, my favorite snack food.   There is a lot to say about how much I love this kind of snack, but if you are wondering how this relates to the the title…

I captured these two jets flying above us as we stood trying to take lighthouse pictures last evening. For 16 years, coming to Prince Edward Island has meant enjoying evenings featuring these reflected jet contrails as they painted their way from west to east just…

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream trail north toward the Canadian Maritime Provinces and provide moderation against the early winters experienced at other places along this half-way point to the North Pole.  As nightfall comes, the Canada Geese rise from their evening feeding grounds,…

Today, I write this blog entry from our favorite place, Prince Edward Island.  The skies are dark and somewhat brooding right now and the wind is blowing off the North Atlantic.  However, we know that soon the clouds will thin, revealing a north latitude powder…

Reflections on being in a dangerous situation … Like everyone who travels, for us coming back home is always good. This particular time, though, getting back to OUR country and OUR state and OUR city and OUR house was so special. The terror experience in…

“It is not JUST coffee.” I can confirm that the travel guides are right about rules for drinking coffee here. We have had a number of cappuccinos, every one of them so far has been a masterpiece of preparation, including the ones we bought at…

We always try and keep Marcy’s commitment to healthy eating in mind, so before we came here we decided to check out Italian grocery stores. This led us to a YouTube video on fruit and vegetable purchasing protocol. The short summary is “Don’t a Touch!”…