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La Bottega Del Buon Caffe: A Florentine Michelin restaurant to remember

La Bottega Del Buon Caffe: A Florentine Michelin restaurant to remember

What can I say about  La Bottega Del Buon Caffe? It was a fabulous dining experience.  This Florentine one-star Michelin restaurant is the sister establishment to Borgo Santo Pietro, which is close to Siena. And you better believe I am going there at some point.  Hello?! they have truffle hunting and a cooking school and…

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By Karen, September 4, 2019
Florence: A delectable balance of adventure and serenity

Florence: A delectable balance of adventure and serenity

During our whirlwind trip to Italy, my sister-in-law Linda and I arrived at the Florence train station in the late afternoon. Across the street, after a few lefts and rights, we found our home for the next 5 days: the hotel Sina Villa Medici Autograph Collection, a refurbished 19th-century palazzo.   The Sina Villa Medici Autograph…

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By Karen, August 8, 2019
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Traveling in Venice: Taking the scenic route, always

Traveling in Venice: Taking the scenic route, always

My trip to Venice started with a rather hasty departure from YVR. Our original flight was delayed and after a reschedule my sister in law Linda and I needed to be at the airport fast.  So we hustled our butts to leave 5 hours earlier than anticipated.  Arriving in Venice, it was overcast but warm…

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By Karen, July 3, 2019
San Diego Easter Weekend at the Grand Del Mar: 5 Stars All ‘Round

San Diego Easter Weekend at the Grand Del Mar: 5 Stars All ‘Round

A while ago, Russ and I tossed around the idea of heading out of town for Easter weekend since we knew the kids wouldn’t be around. And then, when we thought about it again, it was a week away…so we booked the vacay and 3 days later we were on a plane.  Vacationing in San…

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By Karen, June 5, 2019
Feel the Fear and Downward Dog Anyway: A Yoga Retreat in Sonoma with The Mobile Mat

Feel the Fear and Downward Dog Anyway: A Yoga Retreat in Sonoma with The Mobile Mat

A little while ago, I signed up for a yoga retreat in Sonoma and I hadn’t had a yoga practice in a year and a half. My girlfriend Shannon asked me to join her in Sonoma for a weekend of yoga with Diana Gradstein of The Mobile Mat.  Immediately I banished the thought. Why? Well,…

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By Karen, May 1, 2019
Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

You ask, how did I plan a surprise birthday party for my daughter who lives 3,799.6 km away? Lies, lies, lies. Just kidding. You don’t lie; never lie. Just fib. A lot. Despite all the fibbing, my Indianapolis University attending daughter Delaney was on us the whole time.  We tried brushing her off, but she…

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By Karen, February 27, 2019
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A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

When Ryland, Ali, and I arrived at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis at 1:00 am after travelling all day, it was a treat to be greeted so kindly at reception. If you like, it was a good omen, and one that proved quite accurate. Our time in downtown Indianapolis did not disappoint. So why…

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By Karen, February 13, 2019
A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

What do you want to do when you turn 51? You could do worse than a lunch at Vila Joya, a small boutique resort that allows outsiders to dine in the restaurant as guests! That’s exactly what Russ and I did on my birthday this October 1st, since we were traveling in Portugal.   Vila…

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By Karen, November 27, 2018
Penha Longa Resort: A Tranquil Challenge for Golf Lovers

Penha Longa Resort: A Tranquil Challenge for Golf Lovers

You know you made the right vacation location choice when you extend your stay for another day. I’m happy to report that Russ and I definitely made the right choice when we traveled to Portugal’s Penha Longa Resort for our fall 2018 golf vacation. After playing this course, we just had to get another round…

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By Karen, November 13, 2018
Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

    If there’s one thing my friend Tania and I can agree on, it’s the necessity of occasionally immersing ourselves in the pleasures of the Okanagan wine country. That’s exactly what the two of us did to celebrate Tania’s 50th Birthday. Nature and wine: there’s no better combination. Plus, Okanagan wine tasting pairs really…

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By Karen, September 12, 2018
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