Travel on the Side

While chaperoning the college group in Florence, one of my favorite activities we did was to take a cooking class. One morning, we got up early, met at Piazza della Repubblica...

I will admit to being a total tourist the first time I saw Florence’s Duomo. I walked around the whole thing just looking up. Walk and gawk…walk and gawk. It’s simply...

A perfect ending to a perfect day in Florence is capturing the sunset. Piazzale Michalangelo, located in theĀ Oltrarno (“beyond the Arno”) neighborhood of Florence – is the prime viewing spot. Located...

The birthplace of the Renaissance in one day? I’m going to be honest here…this premise is crazy. I had three weeks to savor Florence. It at least deserves an overnight. But...

Summer has flown by! Part of the reason it went so fast is that I spent most of June in Florence, Italy. It wasn’t a vacation per se. It was work....

In June I’ll be traveling to Italy for three weeks. Except it’s not a vacation. It’s work. Really. Well kinda. I was invited to chaperone a group of college students for...

All aboard time from Ketchikan was 12:45pm. We wouldn’t dock at our next port, Victoria BC, until around 7:15pm the next day. So, it felt like an extra “sea day.” Again,...

After walking around Skagway, it was time for our shore excursion! Independently, we had booked Frontier Excursions & Adventure’s Yukon Discovery Tour. At around 9am we met out tour guide/driver, John,...

It’s Throwback Thursday! One of my best experiences of college was doing a semester abroad during my senior year of school: Fall 2000. Prior to that, my only experience outside of...