We were lucky to have a wonderful guide take us to two wineries in the Chianti region for a wine and olive oil tasting. Our guide was Todd Bolton (www.tuscantrails.com). He is very knowledgeable about the wines and a super nice person as well. Interestingly his parents work in the wine industry in Amador County! The first thing he told is that Chianti is a place… not a type. The Chianti region… Read More

One of the wonderful things about Florence is its accessibility. You can walk most places (especially if you are more fit than I!) and you can easily orient yourself with the Duomo and the Arno River. Several times I have just started walking in a new direction to see where I end up. I found the Santa Maria Novella, The Hard Rock Cafe and the Oblate Library and Basilica della Santissima Annunziata… Read More

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