Procacci Florence


Our first day in Florence we did a custom Context Travel tour, Florence for Foodies. During that tour one of stops was Procacci, an historic deli founded in 1885, which specializes in products with truffle. Walking into Procacci you are instantly enveloped into the deep musky smell that screams "truffles!" And I don't know about you, but my mind goes, "Yes, please!" During our first … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Samantha of the Travelling King

Traveler Tuesday – Samantha of Travelling King

Are you ready to meet another truly awesome travel blogger?  Well of course you are!  Today we have Samantha of Travelling King, after moving from Africa to Australia it is easy to understand how she caught the travel bug.  It's infectious too, her husband caught it after Sam and Pete got married and spent two weeks in Thailand.  That bug is very easy to catch! Let's meet Samantha! [1] Whe … [Read more...]

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu Pool View

Hot. Hip. Happening. Usually not words associated with me.  But DEFINITELY accurate descriptions for The Modern Honolulu hotel in Oahu, Hawaii. There are a lot of older, well established hotels in Waikiki, and then there's the Modern.  A single location property, the owners have a singular focus: great design, great service. I am very fond of both. When I arrived at the hotel, I knew i … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Diana of d travels ’round

Travel blogger interview - Diana of d travels 'round

Back again for another addition of Traveler Tuesday, my weekly travel blogger interview series. I love meeting other travelers along their paths and get an understanding of who they are, where they've been and where they're going! Today we have Diana from d travels round an ex-PR professional who gave it all up to travel, freelance write and become an advocate for elephants. Let's meet … [Read more...]

Lunch at Hawaiian Airlines


Today I flew from Oakland to Oahu to attend the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. In the San Francisco Bay Area it is so convenient to fly to the Hawaiian islands!  And there is no other way to fly than Hawaiian Airlines (seriously, my opinion!). When I landed in Oahu I was invited to have lunch at the Hawaiian Airlines Headquarters.  Hawaiian Airlines has generously sponsored my flight to O … [Read more...]

Florence for Foodies


During my trip to Florence in 2007, the food did not leave much of an impression on me. I remember having great breakfasts in the morning, ones that consisted of good espresso and something like a croissant. And I recall a sumptuous bowl of Tuscan stew, but beyond that nothing that stuck out. That was 100% my fault. So sorry, Florence. I was wrong. Like we did in Kyoto, Mr. Misadventures … [Read more...]

My Panama City Beach Bucket List


Turquoise blue or light emerald green, whatever the exact color is, it captivates me. When I think of Florida, it is this color that instantly appears in my mind. Quite honestly it is the only place in the world (and I have been to a lot of places) that does this to me.  The photo above, taken in Florida, is one of my favorite photos I've taken. I love the color of the sea. I never expected … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Richelle of Adventures Around Asia

Travel blogger interview - Richelle of Adventures Around Asia

Another Tuesday, another new traveler to meet! If there is a city, region or country in the world, then there is a travel blogger writing about it, sharing their favorite tips and tricks and not to miss spots. If you are interested in China, then today's Traveler Tuesday blogger Richelle, who writes at Adventures Around Asia should be on your list of must-reads. She lives in a very remote and … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Cory of Curb Free with Cory Lee

Traveler Tuesday – Cory of Curb Free with Cory Lee

More travelers to meet! Travel bloggers just by their very nature are a diverse group of people and I love discovery new people and hearing their unique stories. Today we have Cory Lee of Curb Free with Cory Lee. You think traveling can get complicated? Try doing it from a wheelchair.  I have seen first hand in cities like Paris how awful it is to navigate if you are disabled in any way, shape … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #211 – Florence Sweet Shop

Florence Sweet Shop

There is something about sweet shops in Europe. I have seen them all over France and other cities like London, Barcelona, etc. There is still artisanal pride not only in the creation of housemade delicacies but in their display. This is a display of Italian sweets in Florence is from the Caffè Gilli in the Piazza della Repubblica, a wonderful spot with locals and tourists alike. Coffee, cafe … [Read more...]