Solo female journey. First week in Rome!

February 4, 2016

Wow, I’m already one week into my solo trip to Rome & India. I’m sitting here in an Internet Cafe’ on Princess Street in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. I made it to India! But first,  about my time in Rome. My first flight from Miami to Istanbul lifted off and immediately began with heart stopping turbulence, this lasted […]

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Last night in Venice.

May 21, 2014

Just beginning to go through the 1500 or so images taken during our month in Italy and LOVE this one. The expressions. It was our last night in Venice, I believe. We had found a restaurant we wanted to try in the Ca D’ Oro neighborhood so we walked there from our flat in the […]

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Choosing accommodations in Italy

April 7, 2014

Generally we prefer to travel low-key. We like apartments or b&b’s over a hotel any day. We’ve used sites like VRBO and HomeAway many times with much success and lately have come to love Airbnb. It’s similar to VRBO and HA but you can also choose to share a house/room with others or rent just […]

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Shit’s getting real!

March 24, 2014

  I can’t believe it, after talking about this move for over four years, Michael’s last day of work is this Friday! He decided we needed a family cruise to celebrate prior to us heading to Italy and the road trip across country, so we leave this Saturday morning for a 5-nighter to get things […]

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The Next Chapter – A Sharkey Journey

February 17, 2014

I’ve been putting this off. First it was because I wasn’t sure I could trust that it would really happen this time, I mean we started the discussion roughly four years ago. I remember the day. I was still working out of my photography studio in St. Petersburg and were there doing some clean-up around […]

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Italy Part II : Venezia

November 9, 2010

Ahhh, Venezia! During our trip to Italy this past April, we stayed in Venice for two nights. Not enough! I could have toured the Cicchetti Pubs every day for hours, wandered around the Fish Market, sipped on Venetian Spritz, disappeared into the maze of alleys and piazzas…. While we were planning this trip, we had […]

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The Lemon.

August 24, 2010

I took several handfuls of pictures of lemons on our recent trip to Italy this past April. Lemon trees, lemons in bowls, lemons on vines. They were plentiful and beautiful. You see, I love lemons. I love a wedge squeezed in my sweet tea, I love the look of a bowl of lemons to brighten […]

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Cooking Inspiration

August 14, 2010

Lately, with my ever shifting priorities, I’ve had good intentions to cook more. I’m a good cook, who learned the art from a great cook, my Mom. It would be a shame to let this talent go to waste. Sometimes it’s difficult, I’m easily swayed by all the amazing local eating establishments we have here […]

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Liguria, the coastal region of north-west Italy.

August 5, 2010

Italy has always been the most important European country for me to visit and my wish came true this April. My husband and I brought Mema and Pop Pop to Florida to watch the kiddos while we whisked ourselves away for two weeks. We focused on Liguria, home of Le Cinque Terre, the five villages. […]

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