Travellers, Not Tourists

"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." G.K. Chesterton Castle of Grinzane Cavour, Piedmont, Italy I grew up in a place inundated by tourists every summer so have always tried to avoid being one myself. Travelling to specific destinations was never a priority for us. I’ve always … Continue reading Travellers, Not Tourists

Lessons Learned Packing for Europe in Summer

Just a quick post this time. It’s almost time to pack for our next trip and that got me thinking about the mistakes we’ve made packing for past trips. 1. Pick The Right Bag Backpacks are most convenient for walking and there is plenty of walking when visiting Europe. My husband started travelling with his … Continue reading Lessons Learned Packing for Europe in Summer

Mount Desert Island, Our Favorite Weekend Getaway

Long before we travelled abroad, we camped. We bought our first tent at tent at LL Bean on our way to celebrate our first anniversary on Cape Cod. It wasn’t the first of many tents because LL Bean tents are made to last. We have had a total of three in thirty years, all purchased … Continue reading Mount Desert Island, Our Favorite Weekend Getaway


Ponte Sant'Angelo The evening after my husband and I celebrated our youngest daughter’s graduation from high school, we held our breath and booked flights. Two weeks later, we took our first European selfie on the Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome. We had been looking into travelling to Italy for a while and had a couple of … Continue reading Ciao!