Grillmarkadurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland

On our recent trip to Iceland, we were awed and amazed by the natural beauty of the island. Everywhere you turn, there are gorgeous vistas, mountains, water (and waterfalls) and the ruggedness of a volcanic island. After a day touring around the Golden Circle and appreciating the stunning natural splendour of Iceland, we got to… Continue reading Grillmarkadurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland

Three Days in Iceland

I’m on a lot of mailing lists relating to travel. Shocking, I know. I’m probably on more than is normal or healthy. I can’t help it – it’s a great way to get travel ideas and I like seeing travel sales and spending a few moments thinking “Hmmmmm, wouldn’t that be nice?”. I’ve been dying… Continue reading Three Days in Iceland


I know, it will be my fault if you end up singing the Phil Collins song Sussudio as you walk around Gubbio. I know I do: Gu-Gu-Gubio, whoa-oa! Besides the fact that the name is a heck of a lot of fun to say (Gu-Gu-Gubbio!), Gubbio is a stunning medieval town of steep winding walkways and… Continue reading Gu-Gu-Gubbio

Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

The other day I was at the Arezzo Antique Market with my friend Nan. I’m a big fan of the Antique Market and have furnished much of the house with furniture and other pieces that I’ve found at the market (click on the Arezzo Finds page to see some of the great items I’ve seen there).… Continue reading Tuscan Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Cayman Islands Calypso Grill

Everyone has those days when they are not overly crazy about their job. You know, the “winning Lotto Max” fantasy; or when you curse your parents for not setting you up with a trust fund. Lucky for me, those days are few. I’m a truly fortunate person because I love my job and all the… Continue reading Cayman Islands Calypso Grill

Sunday in San Marino

Unfortunately, there was not a lot of sun on our Sunday in San Marino. The day started off raining, raining to the point that Pete looked at me and said, “let’s leave and go home to Umbria”. I somehow managed to get him to agree to stay and we are both happy that we stayed!… Continue reading Sunday in San Marino

All That Jazz (Umbria Jazz Festival)

  Toronto in the summer is a fabulous place. The weather is nice, patios are in full swing and the city is host to numerous festivals and live music venues. The end of June finds us right in the middle of the Toronto Jazz Festival. The event attracts over 500,000 people to the city over… Continue reading All That Jazz (Umbria Jazz Festival)