Travel Day

One day we are on the top of Mt. Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, suffering in the hail mixed with snow at at freezing stuffed into a tiny cafe with a thousand other tourists waiting for at least the hail to stop to drinking beer in tiny Bavarian village in…

Birra is Tasting Good

We’ve been sending postcards to my brother.  On the back of the postcard my husband sent yesterday said, “I think we’ve been in Italy to long for as the beer is starting to taste good.” And it is. We didn’t expect Italy to have a big beer culture; after all you can buy wine at…

Street Signs

We were walking down the street in our new town, Catania in Sicili (as its spelled in Italian). I found the bus stop, right next to a sign, Teatro Romano on the outside of what looks like a plain building. What Italy has done well is labeled the historic sites. I saw a sign that…

Pizzeria to Church Ratio

I’ve been in Napoli for a whole three days now which pretty much makes me an expert. And this is what I know. For every one church, there is a pizzeria.  I swear, for every 25 steps you take you will find both. Churches are across from each other; pizzeria’s live side-by-side and they are…

Lost in Naples

We got lost.  We turned left when we should of went right. After walking a bit; and not seeing where we were on the map we made the sound decision to stop and have lunch. The restaurant owner welcomed us in Italian. We said Hello and looked at the food in the window. He asked…

And we Almost Missed the Plane

We were at the airport four hours before our flight and we almost missed our flight. We left so early due to the cold winds and rain of Edinburgh. We had made big plans to hike up a nearby hill to see the city at near sunrise and take photos. Plus, get some a bit…

What I know thus far..

Today was Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle day. Today just happens to the be the windiest, coldest day of our trip thus far. Also, it is Good Friday; a National Holiday in Scotland which means many tourist sites are closed; like the Royal palace where King James V did live for a period; his daughter…

Belfast Wall

  The gate in the city is closed every night at 7 pm and reopened every day at 7 am.  The wall that divides to communities in Belfast is quite high. The wall is at least 30 feet high and people who live next to the wall still have their outdoor patio covered in the…

Irish Stories

The original Tom and Jerry, and why we really celebrate March 17th.

Food and Beer

Two things: Food and Coffee. First, food. Best meal of the day is breakfast. Here is a typical Irish Breakfast. it also comes with juice and toast.  What you can see is two eggs and underneath it all is Bacon, or what we call Ham.  All I can say is YUM. So, I’ll tell you…