Getsemani in Cartagena, Colombia – Where the Art Does Not Hang in a Gallery but on the Walls of the Neighborhood

I had visited the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia on various occasions but it was not until my 2018 trip that I made it to Cartagena’s neighborhood of Getsemani located right outside the walled city. While Cartagena as a city enjoyed a renaissance during the 1990’s, not all of its communities enjoyed the prosperity. Getsemani was known for its crime, drugs, and prostitution. By … Continue reading Getsemani in Cartagena, Colombia – Where the Art Does Not Hang in a Gallery but on the Walls of the Neighborhood

Hiking the Samaria Gorge – An Absolute Must

This past May our family visited Greece. As part of our trip we visited the beautiful island of Crete and stayed in two cities, Chania and Heraklion. All of our research and recommendations from friends told us that hiking the Samaria Gorge in Crete was an absolute must. The Samaria Gorge is a National park located in the Lefka Ori(White Mountains) in the South Western … Continue reading Hiking the Samaria Gorge – An Absolute Must

Eggplant White Parmigiana

One of my Italian friends shared a link for a recipe for Parmigiana Bianca Di Melanzane or Eggplant White Parmigiana on her Facebook page. Since eggplant is in season I decided to try this layered eggplant dish with mozzarella that turned out to be a huge success with the family. The recipe calls for Pesto sauce so I have included the link to my homemade … Continue reading Eggplant White Parmigiana

Colorful Cartagena, Colombia

The city of Cartagena located on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia was founded by the Spaniards in 1533. It was known then as Cartagena de Indias. By 1586 construction began on a stone fortification to protect the city from Caribbean pirates. In time, the city was enclosed by 7 miles of militarily fortified walls. It is considered one of the most extensive fortifications of South … Continue reading Colorful Cartagena, Colombia

Chocolate con Churros

A Spanish-American friend in college used to boast about Spain’s famous “Chocolate con Churros”, and how he would dip the delicious deep-fried dough pastry into the thick hot chocolate. Although I have been to Spain multiple times the opportunity to try “Chocolate con Churros” would finally come when I visited Seville. And it was all that my friend said it would be, it was heavenly! Our … Continue reading Chocolate con Churros

Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

Photo courtesy of Clara Petrucelli. (Top row, left to right) Penne Rigate all’Arrabiata – Penne in a spicy tomato sauce with crushed red pepper flakes. Fettuccini Porcini – Fettuccini with Porcini mushrooms. Rigatoncini all’Amatriciana – Small rigatoni with sauce made with Guanciale (pork cheek), pecorino cheese, and tomato. This pasta originates from the town of Amatrice. One of the towns in Italy hit recently by the … Continue reading Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

The Freedoms I Take for Granted

Well-known Vietnamese blogger, Nguyen Huu Vinh, and his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, were found guilty yesterday and imprisoned for five and three years, respectively. There were found guilty of abusing their democratic freedoms. What freedoms? Let’s not kid ourselves. In 1975 the Communist regime of Vietnam took over the whole country. By 1985, Communism had not worked very well for the country’s economy so … Continue reading The Freedoms I Take for Granted

Brussels – Our Other Home

By now you have heard the terrible news of the bombs that went off in Brussels. Brussels is our other home. We lived in Brussels close to 5 years, from 1997 until  2001. It was an amazing experience and was made even more special because both our children were born there. We left a little bit of hearts there. Today my thoughts are with the people of Belgium. … Continue reading Brussels – Our Other Home

Passing Down “Words of Wisdom” to My Daughter

Last night, my daughter and I were laughing while reminiscing about something that happened to her when she was 1½ years old. The year was 2001 and my husband, children, and I were living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My in-laws had come to visit and we thought “Wouldn’t it be lovely to take my mother-in-law out on a boat ”. We knew my father-in-law would … Continue reading Passing Down “Words of Wisdom” to My Daughter