Where to go Wine Tasting in Italy: Umbria

Where to go Wine Tasting in Italy: Umbria

Last fall, I convinced my husband that he really needed to experience Umbria and more wine tasting in Italy. I had traveled throughout the region when we lived in Italy, but he had never seen the true Italian countryside. So we set off to tour 

Empty Nest Travels: Visiting a Cooking School in Burgundy, France

Empty Nest Travels: Visiting a Cooking School in Burgundy, France

I’m an adventure traveler. Or I should say a foodie adventure traveler. I love exploring new places through the food. So when I was invited to spend a week in Burgundy France at a cooking school, I jumped at the opportunity. I’d be learning classic 

Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

As much as I travel, I still find it very taxing to wade through all of the hotel reviews to really get a feel for the comfort of the accommodations. And the catalog of Italy rentals is overwhelming. On this last trip to Umbria, we decided 

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some of the luxury wineries and resorts in Tuscany and Umbria.   When people think Italian wine, their first thought might be the robust Chiantis of Tuscany. Having lived in Italy, 

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

UK native Katherine Frelon has turned her passions for cooking and teaching into a business with benefits. With no formal training, Katherine cut her so-called culinary teeth working on luxury French barges, learning to prepare world-class food in often tight quarters with limited resources. But more 

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

When I lived in Italy, my favorite day trip was to Lago Maggiore. While most of our visitors begged to visit the iconic Lake Como, I always insisted a trip to Lake Maggiore would not disappoint. And it never did. While most visitors to Northern