“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

My Season in Tuscany

For years I dreamed about visiting Tuscany.  Books like Under the Tuscan Sun and A Small Place in Italy, intrigued me and...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Our Villa

Our villa, called Col di Forche, sits on top of a mountain on 20 acres of beautifully wooded land near the village...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Arrividerci, Tuscany

On Friday, we returned to Cortona to introduce Ruth and Jeanie to this lovely village. Since we did pretty much the same...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Greve and Panzano

We left the house on Sunday around 9:30 for our trip to Greve and Panzano, about an hour and a half away, in...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Montepulciano and Pienza

Montepulciano is built along a narrow limestone ridge 1,950 feet above sea level, encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Ruth and Jeanie

We were up early Saturday morning to get ready for my friends Ruth Bresnick and Jeanie Furtado to arrive. They were due...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Marcello and Porchetta

We have tried to have one ‘chill day’ a week when we just stay at the villa to relax and enjoy our...

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TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Cinque Terre

We took a train trip to the west coast of Italy to the Cinque Terre, meaning Five Lands. It’s called that because...

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