Venice Is…

August 21, 2012
Venice is Home | Ciao Mom

It occurs to me that I have been home from our trip to Italy for almost one month and that there is still a large part of our vacation that I have not shared.  As in not at all. If you asked me where I was from in Italy, I would say Venice…except for the […]

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What to Do When Your Child Becomes a Reader

July 31, 2012
When Your Child Becomes a Reader | Ciao Mom

As a teacher there was always a difference between teaching reading to first and second graders compared to third graders. The younger grades were learning to read whereas the older students were reading to learn. The transition could happen overnight for some students, but it was always noticeable, especially if they ENJOY reading. They become […]

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Cortina for Foodies

July 23, 2012
Foodie Delight in Cortina | Ciao Mom

Cortina D’Ampezzo is not just a hiker or skiers paradise. Cortina is also home to fabulous kitchens that offer foodie delights. Having just come from Tuscany, you would have thought that our foodie palates were saturated. Instead, we rewarded ourselves after days of fabulous (but also strenuous) hiking with multiple meals that we are not […]

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Family Hiking in Cortina

July 18, 2012
Family Hiking in Cortina | Ciao Mom

Cortina D’Ampezzo is a traditional mountain town in Italy that has been home to generations of families, year after year in search of winter skiing or summer hiking. Cortina was also home to the Winter Olympics in 1956. Cortina is a fabulous family hiking destination. Perfect for all levels of hikers and fitness enthusiasts (also […]

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Taking a Day Trip To Siena

July 11, 2012
Siena | Ciao Mom

The trick to taking day trips in Tuscany is to stay flexible and if at all possible, make your plans day by day instead of sticking to a tight schedule. During our week in Tuscany, we took several day trips to big towns as well as off the beaten path destinations.. We knew that the […]

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Foodie Delights in Tuscany

July 9, 2012
Foodie Delights in Tuscany | Ciao Mom

Tuscany is not a place where there is a shortage of options to eat well. In fact, some might say that a trip to Tuscany is best spent eating. Our stay was based out of an agriturismo near San Gimignano. An agriturismo is a working farm, and in our case, the farm has its own […]

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Traveling Off the Beaten Path in Tuscany

July 3, 2012
Traveling Off the Beaten Path in Tuscany | Ciao Mom

The idea of traveling through Tuscany conjures images like rolling hillsides, field after field of growing vines, and of the mystical idea of the Tuscan Sun. These conjured images are correct…you do see field after field of vines, sunflowers, and towns built high up on the hills. But there is so much more to this […]

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Be Enough Me: I am Dreading My Trip To Italy

July 1, 2012

As I type I am in the air, enroute to my family vacation in Italy. It has been five years since Principessa and I have been back, and it is Rocket’s first time to Europe. It is a much different trip than we have taken in the past. Instead of camping out in Venice, to […]

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BE Enough Me: This Summer I will…

June 4, 2012
This Summer I will | Ciao Mom

It seems impossible to me that June is here. June marks so many things for me this year. June marks the halfway point of 2012. June marks the last month I will be teaching elementary students. June marks the last time I will have to rush out the door every morning. June marks my 14th […]

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April 5, 2011

One smell. Many memories. Hoping that one day, Principessa will feel the same depth of emotion. Dear Principessa, Once upon a time there was a little girl. Every year this little girl spent a month of summer in a very special place.  A place that was surrounded with love, with family, with water, and with […]

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