Military Ball 101

I don’t quite remember how it all came about, but somehow I became a ball committee member for my husband’s first battalion ball. His unit didn’t have an FRG, so several other spouses and I met with the battalion commander, company commanders, and company executive officers over the course of a few months to plan …

Amalfi Coast of Italy

We took a day tour from Rome to the Amalfi Coast in sunny southern Italy.  The Amalfi Coast is one of 53 Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites, and has been protected from the influx of cruise lines. While this cuts down considerably on the crowds flooding the area, the Amalfi Coast is a major tourist …

A Roman Holiday

After exploring the sights in Venice and Verona, we were off to Rome, the Eternal City, for our own “Roman Holiday!” We took the Frecciarossa train from Venice to Rome, and spent the trip admiring the views, reading our guidebook, and catching some sleep. Our hotel was only a few blocks from Roma Termini, the …

Cook, Wine, & Dine: Pasta Making in Rome

The evening of our first full day in Rome, we took a Pasta Making Class through Walks of Italy. This was one of my absolute favorite activities on our entire trip.  The approximately 4 hour long class was held in a rooftop studio and terrace in Rome, and we learned how to make our own …

Verona: The City of Romantics

We took a day trip to Verona on our 3 Week Europe Tour. After arriving at the train station in Verona, we took a city bus to downtown Verona, and set off to explore the city.  Verona is a happy, bustling Italian city famous for love, thanks to Romeo and Juliet, and the film, Letters …

Visiting Venice

“The City Without a Sewer,” “City of Bridges,” or “The Floating City,” Venice has many names.  Once a mecca of art, literature and architecture, Venice is now a gracefully decaying museum, slowly sinking into the Adriatic Sea.  Cruise ships have made Venice a popular stop, leading to thousands of tourists swamping the city by day. …

Switzerland & the Bernina Express

On our 3 Week European Tour, we decided to travel from France to Italy via Switzerland, and take a train through the Swiss Alps. We took a high speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Zurich Switzerland, and arrived late in the afternoon.   Upon arriving in Switzerland, we realized that some countries in …

A D-Day Story- Normandy Jeep Tour

Our best tour on our 3 Week Europe Trip was by far a private tour with our guide Hugh, a former Danish paratrooper and WWll historian. He drove us around in his original WWll Jeep, showing us where the historic D-Day Invasion and subsequent Liberation of France occurred, and shared stories and photographs of lesser-known …