Six On Saturday on Elba Island, Italy

The ship has reached the port at Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy. Our featured excursion was to see the country villa of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled here in 1814. I have written another post about Napoleon’s villa HERE. Bonaparte’s villa called the Villa of San Martino is located in the Arcipelago Toscano National Park….

Thursday Doors on Elba Island, Italy

The ship has anchored near Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy, which is shaped like a fish. We are here to visit one of two residences that Napoleon Bonaparte had on the island between May, 1814 and February, 1815, when he was exiled here after he abdicated the French throne. I will post a more detailed account…

Santa Margherita, Italy

We have “tendered” over to Santa Margherita from Portofino. For those of you, like me, who had no idea what a “tender” was; it’s a boat that can be used as a life boat from a big ship or can be used to transport you from a ship out at sea to a harbor. Our…

Six On Saturday in Portofino, Italy

We are cruizin’ right along so today I have a twofer! Portofino was definitely one of my favorite destinations on this cruise. The village and harbor were small. The colors were amazing. The flowers everywhere. So let’s look at my SOS! We walked up the hill to see Saint George’s Church. Cascading flowers and cacti…

Did You Say Pastel in Portofino?

You last found me here at the café, just enjoying the beautiful scenery in Portofino, Italy. As I gaze around the harbor it is the pastel colors that put me in a happy mood…………so let’s see more of  Portofino…….. From my chair at the café, I think my favorite color is the peachy terra-cotta color…………

Thursday Doors in Portofino, Italy

The Voyager has docked in the harbor at Portofino and we tendered into the beautiful sea-side village. I loved everything about Portofino at first glance; the tiny harbor set with cafés, the shape and colors of the buildings and the hot, hot, hot weather…….. Now let’s find some doors! There were many doors here with…

Portofino, Italy; Oh, How I Loved You!

We followed this guy out of the port in Monte-Carlo….. Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a private yacht, a helicopter and a little dinghy, to take you anywhere you wanted to go? We were on the other guy……the Regent ship, Voyager, which ain’t to shabby either! This morning we woke up to views…

#RoofSquares in Venice

Venice is a soft golden yellow! Inside and out! We’re almost down to the wire for Becky’s Square Challenge! I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s roof squares………

#RoofSquares: Is Rome the Most Photogenic City?

Here I am back in my Rome photo collection! More #RoofSquares for Becky’s Challenge this month! There is something about the light that is just right……………… There is something about the architecture and the shadows………. There is something about the sullenness that only Rome can reveal………… There is the pride in “We are Still Standing.” And…

#RoofSquares: When in Rome……..

Be sure to look up……down…….and all around at the great beauty of Rome! Won’t you join Becky’s Square Challenge this month? The Theme is RoofSquares!

#RoofSquares In Rome

Today’s for Becky’s Square Challenge we have roofs in Rome! Enjoy! Won’t you add your square?

Thursday Doors:The Italy Everyone Goes to Italy For

  When it comes to destinations the place that I get the most questions about is Italy.  Italy is the one country with big expectations. Tourists want the Italy shown in the movies. But, there are so many aspects to Italy. For me there is the big-city Italy with great tourist sites, churches, shopping, restaurants…

Thursday Doors: Montepulciano, Italy

  Ciao! This week I got an email from an American woman contemplating going to learn Italian in Montepulciano, Italy.  Three years ago, I traveled to Montepulciano to attend Il Sasso, an Italian language school. I had traveled to Italy for many years and just fell in love with the country and the people. Then…

Thursday Door: Some Doors Must be Opened!

  Some doors should never be passed by! The dessert door at Caffe Rivoire, in Florence, Italy,  is definitely one of those doors! You will find this iconic chocolate shop tucked in the corner of the charming Piazza della Signoria. There is a bar inside where you can stand to eat and drink or you…

Color Your World: Apricot in Rome

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. After a long, walking day in Rome and a visit to the Vatican as well, it was time to head back to the hotel. But, then we found the big red tour bus and thought we’d take a spin around the city to get the big picture….