Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I am not sure why bidets are not as embraced in the US as they are in other parts of the world. Frankly, I was quite excited I had 2, one in each bathroom. The bidet allure is a mystery for Americans and their popularity has not quite caught on. They seem to be a luxur...

Friday, June 10, 2016

My daughters, Lexi and KC arrived for a 2 week visit. Lexi had spent a semester studying photography in Florence 2 years ago thoughKC had never been to Italy.

Seeing my Tuscany through their eyes was heartwarming and of course, amusing....

While hiking up to Santa Marghe...

Friday, May 20, 2016

There's nothing more stress inducing than driving down a country road in Tuscany and having a car come up behind me and take tailgating to a whole new level. I take a look in my rear view mirror and see the crazed look in the eyes of the driver behind me. It doesn't ma...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

This Antique Market takes place the first weekend of every month in Arezzo, one of the great Etruscan and Roman cities in Tuscany.

Over 500 vendors from around Italy sell their goods at this market..you can find everything from serious antiques to fun collectibles.


Monday, April 25, 2016



Stella and I arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on the morning of April 21st.

I was prepared for the vigorous interrogation by Passport Control for bringing a dog into Italy. I had all the necessary paperwork in hand showing Stella had 2 microchips (the first being t...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



 Moving across the world takes a lot of planning and lists. The first thing on my list is to secure an Italian Elective Residence Visa that will allow me to stay in Italy for longer than 3 months.  When I arrive in Cortona, I must then scurry down to the...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 17th century farmhouse. photo taken in the 1980's.


                  The farmhouse today.


Alison, my English realtor, picked me up at Villa Torre del Tartufo and we spent the morning looking at villas and apartments in my pri...

Friday, February 26, 2016

                      Villa Torre Del Tartufo.


In September, 2015, I attended the Tuscookany Cooking School at Villa Torre Del Tartufo in Chiaveretto, Italy. I had not cooked a thing since my husband passed away and fel...

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       La Dolce Vita 

Mike and I met in 2016 at the Farmers Market in Laguna Beach. We booked our first adventure 2 months later to go biking in New Zealand. Together we bungee jumped off a cliff at Lake Taupo in the north island.

We survived and thrived ...and married 2 year later.

Our adventures have taken us paragliding off a mountain in Lucerne, Switzerland, hiking through the bush in Zambia in search of the elusive white rhino and covered in bees at a bee farm in Tucson, Arizona. 

I hope you enjoy adventures and misadventures.

  Ciao for now,

  Nancy and Mike

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