Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant […]

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized […]

Capri/Anacapri: A Beautiful Island

After spending our first evening in Italy in Sorrento, my friend and I decided to visit Carpi/Anacapri. Capri is an island located of the coast of Sorrento in the Campania region of Italy.  The island of Capri is comprised of two towns: Capri and Anacapri.  Anacapri is located on the highest part of the island. […]

The Fine Art of Calligraphy … and Fine Dining

Fine Writing Calligraphy is a fine art.  Some of the most visually appealing and visually stunning text utilizes the art of calligraphy. Many years ago, I bought my first calligraphy pen.  I never once used it for its intended purpose and eventually, I tossed it because I hadn’t used it in years.  Fast forward at […]

Hidden Gem: Richmond, VA

Last year, I was fortunate enough to go to a conference in Richmond, VA. My initial thoughts were, “Why Richmond? What is so interesting about Richmond that a conference should be held there?” The List After finding out the location of the conference, I began researching and creating an extensive list of “things to do” […]