Gelato, Gravlax & other Foodgasms: eating in the Euro Zone

Two days ago, in Rome, I had five different flavors of gelato. Three before pizza (in a dish) and two after (in a cone). Then, we walked to the Trevi Fountain. If anyone is wondering about flavors, the cup was stracciatella (chocolate chip)/a vanilla with pistachio nuts, chocolate ribbons, and cappuccino. The cone was pecorino & … Continue reading Gelato, Gravlax & other Foodgasms: eating in the Euro Zone

Guest post: The Cooking Class, With Attempts at Salesmanship and Decluttering Thrown In

by Debby Waldman For my sister’s 60th birthday this year, my husband and I invited her to join us on a two week trip to Italy and France. In turn, Amy offered to treat me to an early birthday gift, a cooking class in Sardinia. She organized the class through a travel blogger, Claudia Tavani, who … Continue reading Guest post: The Cooking Class, With Attempts at Salesmanship and Decluttering Thrown In

Great bread, Phoenician ruins and lost stuff: the first few days of my European adventure

The good news: I'm eating bread without getting sick. I don't have a bread picture. This sea bream was my first entree in Sardinia, presented by Julio, who has worked in Australia & Ireland and would like to come and work in the US. The bad news: My alpaca shawl* and ipod* got lost in … Continue reading Great bread, Phoenician ruins and lost stuff: the first few days of my European adventure

On my way, featuring the Amy Waldman who isn’t me & not a single photo

Greetings from Seat 6A and the Milwaukee-to-Toronto leg of my Grand European Birthday Adventure.  I consider it a good omen that my seat number is the same as mine & Debby’s favorite road in Cape Cod. It winds (to paraphrase a famous song about another road) from West Barnstable to Provincetown. On the West Barnstable … Continue reading On my way, featuring the Amy Waldman who isn’t me & not a single photo

Magic hats and appendices: Let the packing commence!

On Labor Day here in the US, I began piling up what I want to bring on my Big European Adventure, commencing Friday. “Want” is not an accidental adjective. Some of what I pile up is not going to make the cut. That said, I have put a fair bit of thought into what I’m … Continue reading Magic hats and appendices: Let the packing commence!

Two weeks & one carry-on, aka ‘overpacker rehab’

There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment, but for the past few months, I’ve been spending intermittent intervals of time (and a pile of money) on my future.  I am not talking about retirement. I’m talking about two weeks in Italy and France. It’s my first trip to the Continent and … Continue reading Two weeks & one carry-on, aka ‘overpacker rehab’

How to turn 60 & go to Europe: be my sister’s sister

For the next few weeks, welcome to my travel blog.  When I turned 50, I threw a girls-only sleep-over party. Dinner and breakfast were both co-ed affairs, with invitees welcome to show up for either or both.   It was a glorious event, held at a friend’s mansion-turned-law-office. (You can see photos here.) Judy (who flew … Continue reading How to turn 60 & go to Europe: be my sister’s sister