On our own in Santa Margarita

Today the kids and I took a break from the group.  All of the kids have been fighting constantly and I think we needed a little bit of family time, just the three of us (we miss you Joshy!).  It was a good chance to refresh our batteries a bit and just chill out on our own schedule.  We decided to take a trip to Santa Margarita which is the ferry stop between here and Portofino. Continue reading

Getting Touristy at the Tower of Pisa

Yesterday I got up early and got a bunch of work done which was a big relief for me.  While I may be on vacation, as a business owner I’m never truly on vacation.  With my work complete I felt I could move on to our adventure for the day.  The night before we decided that since we’d lost a day of travel by giving all of us a much needed day off to recoup, we would forgo another trip to Cinque Terre in favor of going to Pisa (to see the Leaning Tower of course) and then a beach in a small town called Tirrenia (as a reward for the kids behaving in Pisa). Continue reading

Cranky and Car-less in Italy

I woke up at 8:30ish this morning to the annoying sound of what I thought was weed wackers…who weed wacks for an hour in a small city with little grass???  I looked out the window and to my mortification the entire street was devoid of cars and there was a street cleaner and people out with hand blowers.  Oh crap!!  This is not a good start.  I ran into Michelle and Kelly’s room and had to sadly announce (before their usual 10 AM wakeup call) that I was pretty sure our car had been towed.  Continue reading

Up, Up and Amazing – Our Adventure in Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a stunning area about 40 minutes south of us located in the Italian Riviera.  Its name, Cinque Terre, means Five Lands.  Cars for the most part, are not allowed and everyone travels by foot thru the moutainous terrain.  The homes are built into the rock face of the mountains and are painted in traditional Mediterranean colors of yellows, pinks, oranges and greens. Because the Cinque Terre is a National Park and UNESCO Continue reading

Escape to Portofino

Today we decided it was time to truly start our Italian adventure and the first stop was Portofino.  A quick 20 minute ferry ride (and that included one stop – it was so close!) away, it was easy to get to with the kids and the timing worked out given our once again late start (what has become of the early rising Marcus clan??).  Continue reading

Beaching It

Yesterday we were all so exhausted from our 2 days of travel (and for myself and the kids, that was within 2 days of doing a trans Atlantic flight) we totally just laid back and had a spontaneous day of not doing a whole lot.  It was Sunday and it was strange to me that stores were actually open, unlike in Spain.  Though that could be because it’s now July and tourist season is here – I know in BCN a lot of stores in Placa Catalunya are open Continue reading