Exploring Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There are some destinations that simply strike me for their lovely, exotic names, destinations that roll effortlessly off the tongue: Timbuktu, Kathmandu, Samarkand … and Kuala Lumpur. I love to travel in Asia, but Malaysia was under my radar, until I went for a business trip and decided to tack on a few vacation days…

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You can’t judge a book by its cover … or can you?

Back when I lived in Milan, I had a friend who designed book covers for one of Italy’s largest publishers. I was just learning Italian back then and I remember asking her if there was an equivalent expression for “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, and being surprised to learn there wasn’t. I…

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Summer days in Ovindoli, Abruzzo

I’ve already written about one of my favorite winter weekend get-aways from Rome in Skiing in Ovindoli. But for those who love outdoor sports, the town in the Apennine Mountains is also an ideal summer destination. Ovindoli is about a one and a half hour drive east from Rome. It’s located in the region of…

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Advice from a debut author

In Rome, where I live, I’m lucky enough to belong to an amazing writing group. We meet every two weeks to read our work and receive critiques. At a recent meeting, we were fortunate to have as our guest Jessica Maria Tuccelli, debut author of Glow, a family saga  set between Washington, D.C. and the…

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History and beaches in Alghero, Sardinia

A few weeks ago, I was anxious for a short get-away with my family. Truthfully, I would have preferred a long get-away, but a weekend was all I could manage. I wanted beautiful beaches and clear water, great architecture and a town ideal for evening walks, and, of course, great food and wine. Alghero, the…

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I received the Liebster Blog Award

I’ve won the Liebster Award, gifted to me by Melinda Dozier , talented romance writer and amazing critique partner. Thanks, Melinda! The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers and Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing…

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Market Day in Annecy, France

My family and I decided to use the French town of Annecy as a stop on a drive to a holiday in Brittany. We had been told it was a beautiful, medieval town along Lake Annecy in the Haut Savoie region. We absolutely loved our weekend trip to charming Annecy and can’t wait to get…

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“Scheduling” daydreaming time…

Last week I posted about the fantastic Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates  I attended. The prolific writer was in Rome and shared her views on writing, literature and the creative process. One of the things that struck me was how often she mentioned her need to be quiet and think – to daydream – as…

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Visiting Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

During a recent trip to Sarajevo , I decided to take a day trip to Mostar, the regional capital of Herzegovina. It’s 2-3 hours by bus or train from Sarajevo. The buses run more frequently, but the train tracks run higher than the road and it’s especially scenic. I took both modes of transport on…

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