Vatican City: home to St. Peter’s Basilica, St Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museum, and, of course, the Pope. Then, there’s the less visited Vatican Gardens. Worth the visit? If you have the time, yes! Like the guided museum tour or general admission, you’ll enter off of Viale Vaticano at the […]

Vatican Gardens – Is It Worth A Visit?


Yes and no. Government offices, post office, banks, and schools are closed. The vast majority of restaurants and shops in Vatican City and the immediate surrounding areas frequented by tourists, like Piazza Navona, however, are open. Celebrated annually on January 6, Epiphany, also known as La Befana, celebrates the first […]

Are stores open on Epiphany holiday in Italy?


St. Mark’s Basilica is Venice’s most famous church and consistently rates as one of the top things to witness in Venice. Located in San Marco Piazza, the basilica is connected to Doge’s Palace and is nicknamed Chiesa d’Oro, or Church of Gold, for its golden interior and mosaics. This is […]

Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy – Visiting St. Mark’s ...



Located in Venice is the Doge’s Palace. The courtyard. Courtyard side. Fountain. Second floor. Stairway leading to rooms. One of the many ornate doors throughout the palace. Even the stairways are decorated. Ceiling just above the landing.  

Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy – Visiting Doge’s Palace


I’m in the water so much you’d be surprised at my big secret: I’m actually a chicken $hit and refuse to surf. On water trips, my carry-on consists mostly of water wear and gear. The shorts I bring are dual purpose and dry quickly so I can hop into the […]

Hitting The Water? Top 5 Must-Haves For Water Trips!


I was in Venice for 5 nights and ate at Ae Sconte 3 of those nights, including New Year’s Eve when all other restaurants required reservations. Osteria Ae Sconte is a cozy restaurant serving simple yet delicious dishes. The bar and counter area. On New Year’s Eve, they whipped up […]

Ae Sconte Review – Venice, Italy



Like in Rome, Christmas and New Year’s in Venice is a special time. Many storefronts are adorned with boughs of holly and ornaments. String lights are draped overhead in the narrow streets. You become even more aware of that “special time of the year” by the large influx of tourists […]

What To Expect: New Year’s Eve in Venice, Italy


Other coffee shops didn’t stand a chance. Before kayaking, hiking, or snorkeling, THIS. The full menu. Choose from coffee, smoothies, bagels, sandwiches, salads, wraps… they have it all! So much good stuff. The morning glory muffin and cinnamon roll were especially good. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is this […]

Coffee, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Any Time – Get It All ...


Once nicknamed the “Guava Capitol of the World”, Kilauea is a small community tucked in the northeastern shore of Kauai. Unlike Hanalei, Kilaeau’s center can be easily skipped over, as its eateries and stores are located within the small town a few blocks off the 56 Kuhio Highway. The only […]

Visiting Kilaeau in Kauai, Hawaii



Mmmm coffee. I’m a big coffee fan and enjoy a cup every morning… and sometimes around noon… Okay, okay… and sometimes in the afternoon, too. Kauai Coffee Plantation offers guided and self-guided tours and plenty of coffee to sample. Boasting a proud 4,000,000+ trees, it’s hard to fathom how it […]

Get Your Caffeine On at Kauai Coffee Plantation


I had the pleasure of staying in lovely, quaint Kapaa in beautiful Kauai. Of all the towns in Kauai, Kapaa had the greatest variety of shops and restaurants while providing quick, easy access to nearby activities, including Wailua River, Secret Falls, beach access, and hikes, such as the Nounou Trail, […]

Historic Kapaa in Kauai


New research suggests breakfast may not be the all-important meal we’ve been led to believe. But I will forego intermittent fasting and will happily indulge in morning eating because… well, I love food! Typical breakfast fare normally leaves me feeling weighed down and lacking energy for a few good hours, […]

Koko Head Cafe Review | Oahu, HI



Though not my cup of tea because of how commercial it is, Waikiki has a little bit of everything for everyone. Tons of shopping, dining, and activities are within walking distance right on Kalakaua Ave.    The iconic Moana Surfrider hotel. Across Moana Surfrider is the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. If […]

Visiting Waikiki | Honolulu, Oahu, HI


When in Oahu, Diamond Head State Monument is a must-visit. This large beauty is 3,520 feet in diameter and can be easily spotted from the plane as it descends and makes its way to Honolulu Airport. Diamond Head was created about 300,000 years ago from a series of volcanic eruptions […]

Hiking Diamond Head Trail | Oahu, Hawaii


Ono means “delicious”. And in the case of Ono Hawaiian Foods restaurant in Oahu, Hawaii, they have rightfully earned their name. This cozy eatery is popular with locals and known for its fresh, traditional Hawaiian foods. Left to right, top to bottom: Onions, white rice, chicken long rice, chili paste […]

Ono Hawaiian Foods Review | Oahu, HI