The Turkish Steps

This was a place that was on Mike’s list to go and see.  It wasn’t very far from where we were staying so that made it easy. The key, as always, is to get there early.  We arrived early and were able to get parking all the way down by the beach. This is HUGE…

Agrigento, Sicily

After exploring some of the eastern spots of Sicily we decided to head west to Agrigento.  We took the scenic drive around the volcano ( counter clock wise ) and then set out for our target. I have to say that every now and then you strike GOLD with Airbnb.  This was one of those…

Seeking Siracusa ( Syracuse ) and the Greek Ruins

The days have been H-O-T here and we wanted to venture out to see a few more ruins before we headed to our next destination.  We spoke to our new friends from Sweden and they advised us against Catania for the day due to the incredible amount of traffic.  We opted for Siracusa instead and…

Exploring Etna

We have been staring at this gorgeous volcanic mountain for days and on THIS day we had the opportunity to take a tour up to meet her live and up close.  Well, as close as the tour would give us.  Since it is SUPER hot we decided to do a sunset tour with the kiddos. …

South to Sicily, Trekking to Taormina

We woke up in Cosenza, had breakfast and headed south for a 2 hour drive to Villa San Giovani to take the ferry over the Messina. We were worried that we were arriving in the middle of the day but as luck would have it we literally pulled up, bought our tickets and were on…

Uncharted Territory in Southern Italy

Ciao Mi Amore! Another summer packed up and on the road and this time it is an adventure in Italy.  We will be exploring a few new places along the way and will write about them so we can remember these special moments. We flew out of Atlanta and into Roma by 11am the following…

APRIL: Ireland in 10 Days

This spring break we were able to bring Michaels grandmother ( Grandma Rose ) on a once of a lifetime trip to Ireland.  We have been there a few times before and wanted to explore a few new places with her to make the experience unique for all of us.  We managed to see SO…

Mahalo

Mahalo in Hawaiian means thanks, praise, respect, and gratitude.  The perfect word for this much needed trip to this amazing place with my family.  MAHALO!!!!! Yes, the flight was EXHAUSTING but it was worth it.  We met some amazing people along the way and collected many new family memories. Although we didn’t complete all of…

Exploring a bit of the North End

We woke up to the kids chomping on bowls of cereal and thumbing through the guide magazines, writing down their plans for the trip.  Jet lag was still in effect.  Today was moms forced family fun day!  I opted for a drive up 83 towards the North Shore.  We found a place to pull off…