These are both beautiful cities where you really feel their medieval history. They are small towns that feel relatively unchanged. In Siena we first visited the Basilica of San Domenico. We had a guide for our Siena visit provided by the city. They do not allow outsiders to give tours. I will just say that her focus was Catholicism and the superiority of Siena to Florence. I quit listening early on. The… Read More

I love Florence. It in some ways reminds me of Paris in as much as history is all around you and you cannot help but feel connected to it. The people here, as in Paris, enjoy life with outdoor cafes and late night eating. Social life is very important here. I found it impossible to enjoy any of the outdoor cafes in Paris because of the heavy smoking. People smoke here but… Read More

Several years ago, a friend of mine who lives in Woodland, introduced me to Z Specialty Foods Warehouse sale and I have attended every year since!  I’ve always liked honey but I am now in love with it.  I had no idea how many varieties there are and how different the flavors are! Z Specialty Foods sell their products on line, but several times a year they have a warehouse sale where… Read More

Early June this summer the temperature here in Sacramento was often over 100 degrees.  In the midst of our worst heat wave I was invited to join my friend Sharon for a few days in Fort Bragg.  How fast can I get my bag packed!!!  What a joy to spend a few days in good company, out of the heat, enjoying the Northern California coast!  We both love photography and gardening so… Read More

In preparation for my upcoming trip to Iceland, I have been reading “The Little Book of the Icelanders” by Alda Sigmundsdottir.  It is very entertaining and if you are interested in the ways of the Icelandic people I highly recommend it.   I found the section on Icelandic surnames very interesting.  In a typical Icelandic family the father, mother and children will all have a different last name because Icelanders still use… Read More

Some interesting information about Iceland from Rough Guide web page: Though geographically as big as England, Iceland’s population is tiny – at barely 310,000, it’s no bigger than many towns in other countries. Two out of three Icelanders live in and around the capital, Reykjavík. Iceland sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the fault line where two of the Earth’s tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart; as a result, Iceland is getting wider… Read More