Our plans are to leave at noon for a 12:30 tour of Villa Farnesina—an addendum to our Castel Sant Angelo tour—it is one of the family homes of Pope Paul III who spiffed up the Castel, and was instrumental in seeing that Michelangelo began and completed the project of painting the Sistine Chapel as well as overseeing the completion of St […]
Dodging cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and baby carriages, Mike asks me, “Why aren’t all these people at work?” “It’s Saturday,” I remind him. The crowds and long lines at St. Peter’s overwhelm, and we wisely postpone our visit, hoping a weekday will be better, detouring to Hadrian’s Mausoleum, a.k.a. Castel Sant’Angelo, also on our list for the day. Arriving, […]
At Trastevere’s outskirts, the slender steeple that pierces the sky has attracted us from the first day we arrived. After our marathon walking adventures of the past two days it seems a good day to hang out in the “hood” and explore. The street is there. The steeple is there. They both beckon. We attack the winding […]
Walking up the steep cobblestone path, climbing our first of Rome’s Seven Hills, I wonder at my decision for today’s adventure. However, these days my legs only know one way to go—up! Cresting the top of the hill, making our way to the edge of the park, Rome lies before us in all her splendor—clean […]
The sun is shining. The day is perfect. The banks of the Tiber are swollen. The waters—sludge is a better word—continue to rise. It swirls and whirls as it races onward wrapping thick putty colored liquid around the trunks of the trees, flooding its banks and covering the walkways. It is getting perilously close to […]
The Eternal City of Rome has offered us one of its loveliest gifts—Trastevere. We have landed in an area full of life and living. It is a circus…a fiesta…a celebration. Street performers entertain with whirlwinds of fire, giant bubbles, and silly comedy routines. People dine. People drink. People laugh. We join others, sitting on the steps of […]
Lucca – A Last Look You would expect that a last day spent in Lucca would spur one on to a frantic search of city streets, rushing around in sunshine making sure there is nothing missed, revisiting favorite places; trying just one more restaurant. Instead the day is cloudy and gray with a strong threat […]
A Picnic in Lucca This morning we awake to a warm big blue hug from the heavens over Lucca, and the only thing I can think is—picnic! I scour the refrigerator for anything that will work and come up with prosciutto, capocolla and olives. To add to our stash we stop by the best pane […]
It’s Easy to Drive in Italy… …but hard to find your way. Mike tells me, “I don’t want to go on the Autostrada.” Actually, this is our basic MO. It is always the journey not the destination; however, this particular journey may be a bit harrowing. I am used to maps, roads and signs with […]
Monday after the Comics and Games Festival It is cold and gray, but hunger beckons. I have been warned that after the Comics and Games Festival my favorite restaurants will be closed till December, open for Christmas, then closed again till March. This is hard to believe. I tried arranging a country lunchtime adventure to […]
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Simply put, I love Texas. I have lived almost my entire life in this state. Born and raised in San Antonio, I spent the majority of my adult life in Fort Worth, in addition to ten years—on and off—sailing in and around the Gulf Coast on our 40’ Endeavor, Island Rose. For the past ten years, my husband and I have called Wimberley home—and if I love Texas—I adore the Texas Hill Country.
We have traveled extensively in this state--from deep East to far West, from North to South--and have probably been on more back roads and in more towns than anyone I have encountered. I AM a Texan—through and through!
I’m a foodie. I love to cook. I am a good judge of what is excellent, what is not. We will drive two-and-a-half hours for Saturday lunch; for the journey and the destination. I love picnics and trying out local wineries. Food and wine pairings draw me like a magnet. And music—all kinds. Concerts are on the menu at our house every year, be they concerts in a house, in a park, in a barn, in an auditorium or at a winery--we're there.
I paint. I cook. I entertain. I love back country roads and small towns—we own two convertibles so I can be sure that nothing bars the experience of just being there.
I finally decided it was time to share my love of this state and these hills with anyone who will listen or read, letting them in on on the famous, the infamous and the not so famous places that dot the countryside and cities. I'll share stories, experiences, and recipes.
Hopefully, you will come along for the ride, blaze your own trails and let me know if you are having fun. If you step out your door and take a chance, I know that you will!