Festivals and Holidays

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Venice: “La dolce vita”

Italy remains magical even the second time around, especially colorful Venezia. Whether wandering by the canals, eating a slice of pizza the size of my head, or going to Easter Mass in a tiny church where the liturgy I am intimately familiar with is transformed into the unfamiliar in the musical Italian language, this country, … Continue reading

Paris: “La Vie en rose”

Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose” ran continually in my head (and on my lips) while I was in Paris. Literally “life in pink,” the phrase means something akin to seeing life through rose-tinted glasses. Certainly, Paris to me was like that, even though we waited in the most and longest lines for various attractions. … Continue reading

Amsterdam: Bikes, canals, and pancakes, oh my!

Amsterdam was a revelation to me. Before spring break, while I was interested in Amsterdam, I wasn’t as enamored with the idea of being in it as I was with, say, Paris or Venice. Amsterdam is not the stuff of which gauzy, Hollywood-esque dreams are made. After all, the only movie I can think of … Continue reading

Spring break, begin!

To my lovely readers, I will be spending the next week in Amsterdam, Paris, and Venice! So, for now, the more-or-less-weekly posts will be on hiatus until I return with stories of my grand continental tour. Thanks for hanging in with me! I couldn’t ask for a better group of readers and commenters! Love, Anna

Spring Break Announcement!

I just wanted to announce that I am officially booked for spring break! It only took us about several weeks of planning, multiple changes in itinerary, dropping a city, and various other little hitches. But hey, it’s definitely happening! So, where am I going? 1.  Amsterdam 2.  Paris 3.  Venice I’ve been to Venice before … Continue reading

Listmania!: What I’ve learned so far in a week

1. Book tickets early! Else, you will miss getting to eat haggis (including vegetarian ones for non-sheep-lovers) on Burns Night (which is Jan. 25 and celebrates, you guessed it, Robert Burns). 2. Dancing at the cèilidh (Gaelic social gathering) requires the most amazing stamina and speed. And, kilts look so pretty with their pleats swirling … Continue reading

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July 2021