A Drive Through the Val D’Orcia: Experiencing La Dolce Vita in Tuscany!

A Drive Through the Val D’Orcia: Experiencing La Dolce Vita in Tuscany!

From our Tuscan base in Siena, we went for a day-long drive through the Val d’Orcia to experience a taste of la dolce vita in Tuscany. This valley is included in UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Landscapes. It is a must-visit if you are in Tuscany. We hired a car with driver for the day, […]

One Awesome Day in the Charming Umbrian Hill Town of Orvieto

One Awesome Day in the Charming Umbrian Hill Town of Orvieto

Orvieto is a little hill town in Umbria, situated high atop a tufa (volcanic rock). It’s on the Rick Steves 21-day Italy itinerary, so I was somewhat apprehensive about crowds. But my fears were unfounded. Our time in this charming little hill town was relaxed, yet very fulfilling…the quintessential Italian small town experience we were […]

Driving the Big Sur Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway: Five Must-Stop Spots!

Driving the Big Sur Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway: Five Must-Stop Spots!

The Big Sur stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, from Carmel to Lucia, is among the most spectacular coastal road trips in the world. Even if you choose to cruise in your little Honda Civic instead of a snazzy red convertible with the top down, this drive offers plenty of clutch-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement. The road is […]

Our Fleeting Flirtation with Mono Lake…and Why We’ll Be Back!

Our Fleeting Flirtation with Mono Lake…and Why We’ll Be Back!

Mono Lake is located in the Eastern Sierra in California. It wasn’t really on our itinerary when we did an Eastern Sierra¬†fall road trip from South Lake Tahoe to Bishop, because it’s not a lake known for fall colors. But when we were taking photos of hillsides covered with fall color at Conway Summit on […]

Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

About seven hours, give or take, from the Pacific Coast by road is a California that’s as far removed from palm-lined boulevards and beautiful beaches as the proverbial chalk from cheese. A California where craggy snow-capped peaks hobnob with the sky, stands of slender aspen whisper in the wind, and frisky little creeks tumble over […]

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

While the internationally renowned Cinque Terre are spectacular places to visit on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they can be overrun with tourists. So much so, that stepping onto a carriage in the train that runs between the villages can make a can of sardines seem like a McMansion. When we visited the Cinque Terre, […]