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Casa Cuseni: Turning Back the Clock in Taormina

Casa Cuseni is the main character in A House in Sicily. Written by Daphne Phelps, this book is a homage to the house that she loved and tended for over 50 years. The house is located in Taormina, Sicily’s…


Top 15 DMV Gardens

Strolling among the flowers, bushes, and trees on my Top 15 DMV Gardens list should be a “must-do” for every visitor. These “District Maryland Virginia” (DMV) gardens include public and private institutions. Several are formal gardens designed for wealthy…

Smithsonian museums
Washington DC

Smithsonian Museums: 2-Day Itinerary

If you can only devote two days to visiting the Smithsonian museums, don’t despair. I have the itinerary for you! You can see all nine Smithsonian museums in Washington DC. PLUS admission is free to all Smithsonian museums. I…


Sicily Food Odyssey

A Sicily food odyssey is heaven for foodies. Despite all its culture and heritage—ancient Greek and Roman ruins, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Baroque architecture—food is often the #1 reason to visit this fabled island. While Sicily’s famous food…

Adventure International

Erice: One of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages

Erice is a quasi-Alpine village nestled on an Italian island in western Sicily. The Association “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” recognizes it as one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages.  This designation spotlights those small Italian towns showcasing Italy’s History,…

Adventure International

Sicily’s Ancient Greek Ruins

Sicily defies categorization because it is not just an  Italian region or Mediterranean island or former home of the Mafia. Your astonishment will bubble up and erupt just like Mt. Etna’s lava. Prepare to be awestruck visiting Sicily’s ancient Greek…

Adventure Pet-Centric

Mother-Son-Pups Sugarloaf Hike

Sugarloaf Mountain, a 1,283-mountain located near Barnesville, Maryland, is no Blue Ridge Mountain. But it also isn’t a three-hour drive to Shenandoah National Park. I had only one goal in mind. I wanted a morning hike with my son…