Italy’s Ligurian Coast: Si, Per Favore

Beside the Ligurian Sea in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

Fancy a wander beside the seashore? Love seafood, wine and the architecture of a bygone era?

Unconvinced there’s beauty left in the world simply because you haven’t seen it for awhile?

Sounds like you could use a trip to the Ligurian Coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera.

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What News of Genoa? It’s Delightful

Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa, Italy

“What news of Genoa?” — a line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice — is the most famous theatrical reference to Genoa, a large port city on Italy’s Ligurian Coast.

To my ears, the question begs the following answer:

“Pesto, gorgeous churches, narrow, cobbled streets and harbor views — a surprisingly wonderful city to explore.” [Read more…]

Off to France, Italy and Croatia

Le Petit Hôpital near Avignon, France, one of my (delightful) European destinations


Bon voyage — to me!

I’m off to Europe for a month, and to say I’m excited would be a hilarious understatement.

This trip will take me to France for two weeks, Italy for eight days and Croatia for nine days.

This is the longest trip I’ve taken since about 1985 — and here’s how it’ll all play out:

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Italy’s Cinque Terre: Part Two

Continued from Cinque Terre: Part One

Italian for “Five Lands,” the Cinque Terre is a collection of five consecutive (and gorgeous) villages along what’s known as the Italian Riviera, on the Ligurian Sea.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this dramatic meeting place of the French Alps and Italian Appenines has been historically hard to reach and largely untouched by modern industry, technology and tourist development.

Which is exactly why you should visit. [Read more…]

Italy’s Cinque Terre: Part One

Someday, I’ll be an old woman on my deathbed.

According to our plan, Adam will have just passed away quietly a few moments before; this will have been my cue to tidy up the house, make a few calls, lie down beside him and wait for the Grim Reaper.

In those last moments, I know I’ll think of one special part of the world: the Cinque Terre, in Northern Italy.

Truly, it’s that beautiful. [Read more…]