Welcome to my blog!

In 2020 Jim and I moved to Lucca, Italy to enjoy our first years of retirement. I blog about Lucca, our travels, the fun and challenges of adapting to a new culture, and share our news with friends and family. I hope that you enjoy reading about my adventures and that the posts encourage you to follow your dreams. To return to this Home page from anywhere on the site, just click on “My Next Adventure” at the top of each page.

If you are specifically interested in my experience of moving to Italy (plans, visas, insurance, etc.), click on “Moving to Italy” above and read my posts from the bottom up. Warning… those posts also include other experiences that were happening at the same time.

Newest Posts

Life in Lucca

I often get (and appreciate!) the compliments on my blog posts where we visit cities, churches, events, etc. and I post lots of pretty pictures. But I also get questions about day-to-day life in Italy. That’s a bit tougher to capture in a blog post, so this one includes a series of “vignettes” that I’ve […]

Flower farms

Saturday morning, Jim, Ilene, and I headed to Massarosa, a small town about 30 minutes from Lucca. Once a year the farms of Massarosa open up to visitors. We visited a farm growing lotus flowers, one for saffron (but the flowers were not blooming currently), and one for lavender. Yes, these are farms for flowers! […]

La Foce, Etruscans, birding, and more for my Birthday trip

In 2015, I was planning our next trip to Italy and discovered La Foce, a beautiful villa and garden set in the valley called Val d’Orcia. I added it to our list of things to do, but we never made it there. The garden was opened only certain days and hours, and we just couldn’t […]

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