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  • Erice

  •  Last July, when we visited Erice for the first time, I remember that it was cooler up on the mountaintop than it had been down at sea level in Trapani. When we visited this time, in early April, it was also colder up at the top. Super cold, actually. The clouds were briskly blowing across the top[...]
  • West Side of Sicily

  •  We spent a few days on the West side of Sicily, exploring Trapani, Marsala, Erice and Palermo from a home base of a hillside villa. These images capture some of the moments at home, which included a stomach bug for two of the boys. Yikes. I have a new appreciate for washers and dryers as I washed[...]
  • Noto

  •  This was our first visit to Noto, another Unesco World Heritage Site here in Sicily. The buildings and wide open streets in the historic area were beautiful and we were able to take a brief guided tour to the top of one of the churches that offered an expansive view of the surrounding area. [...]
  • Day 4- Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

  •  On the last day of the trip we walked up into the narrow pathways of Atrani towards Ravello. A small storm had rolled through giving the water a little more movement than we had seen on previous days.  Wild broccoli was growing on the side of the path, along with mint and some other he[...]
  • Day 3- Amalfi Coast

  •  On day 3 we purposefully kept it low-key. 8 hours of touring the day before had been a lot to ask of 3 small boys. A yummy breakfast at the apartment, some beach time, a walk to Amalfi for panini and gelato and naps in the afternoon rounded out the day.
  • Day 2- Amalfi Coast

  •  After waking up to the beauty of Atrani we got an earlier start to the day as we had booked an 8 hour tour of the coast.  Our driver recommended driving to the most southern city we were to visit, Sorrento, and then we would work our way back North. Below, is a view of Sorrento over a [...]
  • Day 1- Amalfi Coast

  •  On our first day on the Amalfi coast we woke up in our apartment in Atrani and then headed up to the rooftop terrace to take in the view. Then it was off to the beach to throw rocks, because what else would little boys like to do on vacation at a pebbly beach? Afterwords we wandered the several h[...]
  • Rainy Day Preschool Run

  •  This is what a drive to pick up my preschooler looks like in the rain. (I was pulled over for all shots. Promise.)   This post is part of a group project that I'm working on with several extremely talented photographers over on the CMpro Daily Project. To visit some of thei[...]
  • Belpasso | Festa di Santa Lucia

  •  In mid December our good friends invited us up to their town to watch part of the celebrations of the festival of St. Lucia, the patron saint of Belpasso. The festivities continued throughout the day, but we watched the portion during which the statue of St. Lucia was moved from inside of the chu[...]
  • A Final Evening

  •  After warming up via nap time at the apartment, it was time to bundle the kids back into their coats and gloves and head out with the goal of the rest of the family seeing the inside of Notre Dame (I had been inside on Christmas Eve.) We had tried a few times before, but the line had been quite l[...]
  • The Louvre

  •   So, so cold. The high was 30 degrees and the baby refused to keep his hat or gloves on. We had left the stroller at the apartment in order to avoid lugging it up and down stairs, so we didn't even have the rain screen as an option to keep him out of the wind. Needless to say, our plan to[...]
  • Versailles

  •  Adventure. Memory-making. Or, maybe…. freezing off our fingers and noses. That is a succinct explanation of our trip out to Versailles. The high for the day was not much above 30 degrees and there was a biting, strong wind with a steady heavy drizzle. As we got off the train the wind whipped rig[...]
  • Walk like a Parisian

  •   The day after Christmas we had a tour that promised we would see Paris like a Parisian. We walked through a few less touristy arrondissements and a typical market street. Our guide also took us to a fantastic cafe and a wonderful small cafe/antique shop. Each was only a short stop as the[...]