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Eating in Tuscany and Dinner at La Grotta Restaurant in Montepulciano

While we had some nice meals in Rome, I can easily say that Tuscany had the best food of the trip and that includes our meals in Florence and in the countryside.  The food in Tuscany was definitely heavier with a focus on pastas with meat sauces, ragus, massive bone-in steaks and braised meat and… Continue reading Eating in Tuscany and Dinner at La Grotta Restaurant in Montepulciano

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Sightseeing in Florence, Italy

After three days in the Tuscan countryside, our driver from Andiamo! Tours picked us up in Montepulciano and drove us 2 hours to Florence.  We got a glimpse of Siena along the drive but didn’t have time to stop and it was also pouring rain so no one was up for it anyway.  We stayed… Continue reading Sightseeing in Florence, Italy

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Wine Tasting and Touring in Southern Tuscany

I fell off the map for awhile!  Ever since we took this trip to Italy in November, things got crazy busy.  We dealt with the holidays (and a quick Xmas trip back to Dallas to see my parents), then sold our house in Dallas and had to be out of it completely in less than… Continue reading Wine Tasting and Touring in Southern Tuscany

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We’re Moving to Florida!

I’ve been really quiet lately and that’s because I have been swamped getting ready for our big move.  My husband and I have both accepted new jobs and we are relocating from Texas to West Palm Beach in sunny Southern Florida. He and I have both lived in Texas our entire lives but we have… Continue reading We’re Moving to Florida!

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New York Weekend and My Favorite Meals (Including Best Pizza Ever)

For Labor Day weekend, my husband and I spent three days in New York City.  Having been to NYC a few times, we knew we were going to skip the major tourist sites like the Empire State Building, major museums, Statue of Liberty, etc…as we have done them before.  This trip we wanted to relax… Continue reading New York Weekend and My Favorite Meals (Including Best Pizza Ever)

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How do you decide which bloggers to follow and which ones are just hustlers?

(Disclaimer: I did NOT win $1,028 in Vegas – my sister did and she doesn’t share).  I recently asked a travel blogger (who will remain anonymous) about how much they actually save for retirement and their long term financial goals during an “ask me anything” session on their Instagram.  I find it interesting how so… Continue reading How do you decide which bloggers to follow and which ones are just hustlers?

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Quick Weekend Getaway to Riviera Maya

Steve and I did a quick 3-day weekend to Mexico over the July 4th holiday.  As usual, we spent it at our favorite hotel in the area, the Viceroy.  We love this hotel because it’s about 30-40 minutes south of Cancun in a quiet area and the hotel is also adults only so it’s always… Continue reading Quick Weekend Getaway to Riviera Maya

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The Blue Lagoon – My Least Favorite Thing in Iceland

On our last full day/night in Iceland, we headed back towards Reykavik to spend our final afternoon and evening by the famous (or perhaps infamous) Blue Lagoon.  We stayed at the Silica Hotel which is right next door to the Blue Lagoon and is about a 5-8 minute walk from the main entrance.  I give… Continue reading The Blue Lagoon – My Least Favorite Thing in Iceland

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Ice, Ice Baby – Ice Caves, Icebergs and Glacier Hiking in Iceland

Hiking Skaftafell Glacier This was our Day #3 activity and was located along the Ring Road in southeastern Iceland, about 2.5 hours east of Vik.  This was hands-down my favorite activity that we did during our trip.  My sister thought it was a little too hard as it was about a 4 hour hike total… Continue reading Ice, Ice Baby – Ice Caves, Icebergs and Glacier Hiking in Iceland