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A perfect ending to a perfect day in Florence is capturing the sunset. Piazzale Michalangelo, located in the¬†Oltrarno (“beyond the Arno”) neighborhood of Florence – is the prime viewing spot. Located on a hill south of the historic center of Florence, you can take a taxi or drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo. However, the better way is to hike up! Start along the Arno River. You can walk from either Piazza Giuseppe… Read More

We were dropped off back at the pier in Juneau following our Harv & Marv’s whale watching tour. By this time it was after 5pm and we still wanted to go to Mendenhall Glacier. Thankfully we caught the last shuttle bus going there and arrived at Mendenhall at around 6:15pm. The cost for the shuttle was $30 roundtrip per person (it includes the entrance fee). We only had about an hour before… Read More

Our last morning in Seattle. Later in the day we board the cruise ship to Alaska! After having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we decided to walk to Kerry Park–known for its panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. From our hotel at 5th & Roy in Seattle, it was about 20 minute walk (0.8 miles) to Kerry Park. One thing I didn’t realize about Seattle were the hills! Our legs have… Read More

Since Salish Lodge & Spa was our home base, we branched out from there to explore the other local Twin Peaks sites with our trusty filming location map from the hotel. No Twin Peaks fan will pass up a visit to Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. This was used as the “Double R” diner on the show. Loads of food and friendly wait staff. Where’s Norma? Ordering the coffee and cherry pie… Read More

We’re fans of the now cult classic TV show Twin Peaks by David Lynch. Remember it? Laura Palmer, cherry pie, and damn fine coffee! It only aired from 1990-1991 on ABC. I recall my mom watching it. I was around 12 years old at the time, but still remember the name Laura Palmer. We watched the pilot episode last year and then blazed through the rest. We were hooked. You can watch… Read More

El Condor Pasa (If I Could) by Simon and Garfunkel was a great song to highlight in the film Wild (although read the book; it’s better). I’m particularly drawn to these lines of the song: I’d rather be a forest than a street Yes I would If I could, I surely would I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet Yes I would If I only could, I surely would It encapsulates… Read More

The leaves are just starting to change here in Wisconsin. Fall has been lovely: a lot of warm days and cool nights. Just about 35 minutes from where I live is Holy Hill, near Hubertus, Wisconsin in Washington County. Holy Hill, as you might have guessed, is home to a church: the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. You can climb the 120+ steps (it’s steep..and crowded on… Read More

Our last day on Maui. We decided to do the summit at Haleakala. So here’s the deal: everyone says to do the Haleakala summit at sunrise. Yes, it’s beautiful. But you need to be out of bed by 3am! No thanks. I hear sunset is just as beautiful. However, since it was our last day, we just made a mid-morning trip. Driving south on the Haleakala Highway you can gradually see that… Read More

When in Maui, it’s the one thing everyone says to do. You need to do it. You must do it. It’s the Road to Hana. Tropical rainforests, beautiful plants and flowers, a black sand beach, lava caves, waterfalls, and more. Every mile there seems to be an attraction to pull over and see. It’s definitely a full-day experience. What is the Road to Hana? Hana Highway (Highway 36, which becomes Highway 360)… Read More

Danger and romance in Maui! From Lahaina, drive north on Highway 30 (Honoapi’ilani Highway)¬† through Kaanapali. After leaving the resort areas (and the traffic!) continue on Highway 30 for some spectacular scenery–you’re literally hugging the side of the cliff. The road goes up. The road goes down. Beautiful ocean views abound. At Nakalele Point you can walk to the Nakalele Blowhole and a rock that looks like it has a “heart” cutout…. Read More