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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Field Trips

Women and Guns and Hunting?

Let me state from the start that I believe in women’s rights. As a matter of fact, I believe in women’s superiority in many ways, lol: multi-tasking, handling pain, balancing friendships/family and career… all while looking good. Real good. Men should try it. There’s hair, makeup, manicures, hair removal, pedicures, hair coloring, eyebrow sculpting, teeth…

Small-Town Joys

So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabitants. Just to give you a frame of reference and let you know: I’m not making this up. It’s…

The Blank Slate of an Historic Home

The 18th century plantation house rose in the mist of early morning. A group of archaeologists had convened upon this endangered site where the homeowner proved amenable to all of us poking around, laying out squares and basically, getting to the bottom of the history behind his property. It most likely had featured prominently in…

How It Rolled… at the White House Easter Egg Roll

It seems that nowadays kids and adults can’t just relax and enjoy life. There’s a controversy under every rock as demonstrated at the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Casa Bartologimignano (that would be our house in case you need to google it, lol),…

Avoiding Hotel Room Germs

Spring is upon us and there’s travel, travel everywhere. Here are more spring break tips. Hand sanitizers are helpful when embarking on a trip, but toss a package of the disinfecting wipes in your bag, as well. And even though this is your family’s time to kick back and relax, enlist all of them in…

Spring Break and Mistakes Not to Make

Spring vacations are already underway and are due to peak in a couple of weeks during mid-March, continuing through early April. Children generally receive time off from school close to the Easter holidays and college students a bit earlier. The college crowd has made Orlando, Florida, the top spring break destination in the US, and…

George Washington Sat Here

But you’ll never know that. Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is removing the plaque from George Washington’s pew. The church, located at 118 N. Washington Street, feels that Washington’s purchase of pew No. 5 when the church opened in 1773, and resulting sign, make worship at the Episcopalian church too controversial. So they…

When Travel Turns Tragic

Believe me, I know that terrible things might transpire when traveling the world. Did I ever tell you about the time when three elderly Chinese women, puffing on opium pipes, wrinkled like a raisin-skinned snake about ready to shed its skin, tried to jump me? But I digress…. I was young and naive, taking a…

Oh Autumn, How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways…. The joys of autumn are fast approaching, depending on where in the world we live. On the east coast of America, in the mid-Atlantic region, fall has been not-so-fast, actually slow in arriving. Last night, the temperatures dropped to the 40s degree Fahrenheit, so I’m feeling hopeful-! What are these…

Autumn is Here!

In northern parts of the United States, the fall foliage is peaking with a beautiful blend of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. In the southern states, indications are just starting in areas where there are four seasons…. Don’t you love the fall? The crisp air at night, the warm days. Not too hot, not too…