Taormina, Sicily

The Muse of Taormina

Taormina! Breathtaking crazy cliffs rising from the Ionia Sea. Mount Etna's flanks visible in the background. View from our Taormina room We were still buzzing with excitement after our...

The good and the ugly, Catania, Sicily

Catania is gritty and big, an ancient seaport and the second largest city in Sicily. Being on a budget we arrived with the locals at the main bus terminal. We were in for a shock. Pulling our carry-on...

Messina, gateway to Sicily

Now I am not even going to try to explain how we ended on a 9 hour journey on a freighter to Sicily, or the fact that we were the only passengers on board besides sleeping truckers, or the fact that there was...

The Miracle of Vatican City

It was a miracle that we were here, I thought to myself as we waited with our “City Wonders” Tour guide to begin a three-hour tour that would take us into one of the holiest sites in the world....

Riveting Rome

We were two kids in a candy store, surrounded by boundless treats. We grew up learning about Rome, we studied Rome in school, we were influenced by Rome; its culture, its art and its architecture. It has...

Is Mt Vesuvius going to erupt again?

Is Mount Vesuvius going to erupt again? That thought was going through my head as my sister Marina and I walked up this stirring dark mountain located above the city of Pompeii in the Bay of Naples.  It is an...

Naples silk connection

In the land of pizza, sfogliatella, fried spaghetti, limoncello, in the land of fine art, frescos, architecture and artifacts, its refreshing to find something total unexpected--silk. We thought we had to go...