Beautiful pages brimming with life and history that weave around traditional recipes filled with the aromas of Florence. A true cover to cover read, exactly the kind of cookbook that I eat up! Keep Reading!
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Think you’ve got everything covered for your upcoming trip? After double-checking your packing list and your suitcase, make sure your phone is packed with the latest must-have apps for venturing around the globe. From apps that will help you work on your fitness and eat like a local to apps that will have you speaking a foreign language, we’re sharing our tech-iest ways to make the most of your trip. Stranded without a hotel? We’ve got an app that will get you tucked in for the night. Before you hit the runway, download these travel apps for a stress-free trip. Keep Reading!
Sense of place fades
as your world expands.
…the richness of travel,
your heart no longer belongs
to just one place or one face.
Romanticalism at it’s finest.
Yes, I say romanticalism—not really a word you say?
Well, it’s describing romanticism in a heightened sense—a strengthening of language.
Where one can simply stand, enamored in it all.
The Medici’s, Leonardo, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael.
Approaching Brunelleschi’s Duomo, an unfathomable sight, causing one to feel insignificant in size.
Sauntering across the Ponte Vecchio, pausing in view, the River Arno, outstretched.
Lunching in a quaint, corner shop, crumbs dusting the floor.
Cobbled streets, marble statues and colored facades.
Strolling hand in hand—step by step—breath by breath.
Make your life, don’t just let it happen.
What do you want to be today, not someday?
What makes you inspired, scared, or thankful?
What are you waiting for?
Think about it…..
Gather your dreams, desires, what-have-you’s, fears and wonderment and go. Go experience, learn, fail, be remarkable and adventurous. Make moments, meet people, learn and love.
Yes, there is always a SOMEDAY but today is TODAY, make it count.
“Fitz and I climbed within a few feet of each other, carrying on a conversation up the mostly solid rock, stopping every few feet to talk about life and work and art and insomnia as the sun dropped over the Oquirrh Mountains west of the city, each of us on his own set of handholds and footholds.
I have this essay in my head, I said, About little things that I see that make me thankful and inspired, things like blind people crossing the street by themselves, elderly ladies who go out for ice cream by themselves and don’t get sad, and three-legged dogs who run and don’t care that they only have three legs.” —Brendan Leonard
From this essay stemmed “35” a video which embraces the act of living one’s dreams. A metaphor for life, a dedication to the little joys and big ass things that culminate life:
Get inspired. Go climb that mountain, make that video, move abroad, learn something new, live out of a van, start a bakery—whatever is tucked away into that “someday drawer” get it out, make it count and live it today.
A few years back my best friend and I took a road trip through Northern California’s Wine Country. After our fill of vineyards and vino we ventured along the Russian River until it emptied into the Pacific and headed back south along scenic Highway 1 to San Francisco.
It was an outstanding trip filled with beautiful countryside, great wines, spontaneity, ocean waves and barbecued oysters. Yes, barbecued oysters. Once we were north of Sonoma headed along the Russian River we began to notice advertising for this regional delicacy.
Making a brief pit stop in a Bodega, population 220 we happened upon another sign. Speaking to the surfer guy behind the wooden counter of the shop, he highly recommended the aforementioned, barbecued bivalves. Surfer guy like, totally wanted us to check out the “Boat House” in Bodega Bay on our way south.
So we did! The town of Bodega Bay sets on the harsh waves and rocky shore of the Pacific along Highway 1. The Boat House was easy to spot and we were warmly welcomed. Wooden tables, servers taking orders long hand, a plastic menu board with movable lettering from the ’80’s, and open faced grills set the ambience for this no frills hole-in-the-wall. The Boat House appeared popular amongst the locals, campers and road trippers such as ourselves. We ordered up the fresh barbecued oysters and oh my goodness were they ever good! Grilled to perfection these globes of goodness emit a hint of saline brininess, and zing with a buttery barbecue sauce.
Nothing fancy here, oysters are grilled shell side down on open flames and served up on paper plates with lemons. We sat looking out at the Pacific, sipping on a nice Riesling from Sonoma and consumed two plates of oysters. After slurping our fill we made it back to the car cranked up the radio and enjoyed the twisting, turning (sometimes, death defying) venture along Highway 1. The coast to our right and fields of pasture to our left combined with the fresh scent of redwoods and salty air blowing back our hair.