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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…!



My Comb

Never let it be said that I don’t bring my readers the most riveting of social commentary. I mean, if Solomon could speak of the wisdom of ants and consider how they are organized and work diligently compared to some human beings, well then, I might be able to make observations about… things as diverse…


Trapped at 30,000 Feet

If your summertime travel plans include plane flights to Paris, Punjab or Peru, I might have a few high-altitude travel tips for you. Try not to breathe any of the recirculated air which is deadly. Wear a surgical mask for those moments when you feel you must breathe. Try not to touch any aircraft bathroom…


Summer Road Trip Tips

Ours is a family on the move… as are most these days. With unique schedules, we’re not as tied down to school holidays and breaks as many families with children experience. But if you’re one of the millions about to head for the hills, or the beach, or the city this summer, we can help…


The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chutzpah

Do foreign governments come to America and locate their official Embassy in New York or San Francisco? Consulates, maybe, can be located elsewhere, but our capital is our capital. Not so with Jerusalem, where the United States refuses to place its Embassy, preferring Tel Aviv, instead. Outrageous. It seems that foreign nations have no compunctions…


Talking About Travel is a Trip in Itself

Just because Benedetto and I have traveled the world, our three youngest kids suddenly think they know everything about international travel. My husband was laughing about travel e-mails he receives for low-cost trips to various foreign destinations and how he couldn’t believe some of the affordable prices. “Possible…” I suggested. “The Dollar is higher than…


The Road Less Traveled: Staying Home for Spring Break

Exhaustion, snow storms, the economy, or any of a number of other considerations can lead folks to stay home come spring break. I mean, if you can’t get away, you can’t. Often thought to be a vacation time for college students, many professionals and families in the Northeast and Midwest are ready to head somewhere,…


Travels with Mama

I’m going on a roadtrip, not by myself and not with the whole family. This is where it gets tricky. This time, I’m taking the oldest (18.5) and a family friend in his early 20s. “Mama, does he know how we travel?” our other teens (18, 16.5, 14) ask. “How do we travel?” I echo…


Shooting the Opposition Messenger, Russian-Style

Yet another of Russian President Putin’s opponents was gunned-down over the weekend. Boris Nemtsov, 55, walking across a bridge over the Moskva River with his Ukrainian model-girlfriend, 23, near Moscow’s Kremlin. He was shot to death from a speeding car and his companion remained unharmed. She is being held as a witness. The opposition leader…


Snow: Love It or Hate It?

What’s not to love about snow?  (Boston, don’t answer that.)  Nothing, if you’re about 10 years old. Everything is wonderful—from snowmen, snowballs, and snow angels to forts, icicles, and sledding. There’s skiing, whether downhill or cross-country. There’s snowboarding and snowmobiling. Not to mention hot chocolate, hot soup, and hot anything else whether pizza, wings, or…


Steaming Sahleb

The mysterious hot sahleb drink is served on Middle Eastern streets throughout the freezing winter months. Often served in outdoor kiosks from large, silver, samovar urns, the drink approximates a pudding-like dessert created out of ground orchid root. You heard right. Orchid root. It’s a thick, fragrant drink that will warm you from the inside-out….

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