Positano – Day 7

We had a relaxing day, swimming in the ocean and in the pool at the hotel. I went up the “staircase from hell” twice – the second time was after dinner. I don’t know how I did it. This photo doesn’t even do it justice.[spacer height=”20px”] Positano at night is pretty special. After dinner we ate lemon sorbet served in huge frozen lemons. Delicious!

Positano – Day 6

We went on an excursion today and stopped at Amalfi, which seems like a huge city compared to Positano.[spacer height=”20px”] The streets were crowded but there were plenty of great things to photograph, right down to the lemons.[spacer height=”20px”] We went on to Ravelo, where we had a wonderful lunch and toured the gardens of a fabulous villa that was once privately owned.[spacer height=”20px”] Ravelo is the highest point in this area of the Amalfi Coast, 1200 feet above sea level.[spacer height=”20px”]

Positano – Day 5

The view from our hotel terrace is pretty spectacular. I could get used to this very quickly (and have!).[spacer height=”20px”] Our hotel is hundreds of feet up on a cliff, as is almost everything here. There are no bad views.[spacer height=”20px”] The water changes hue from one minute to the next and every shade is prettier than the one before.[spacer height=”20px”]          

Venice Day 3

We’re staying at Ca ‘Sagredo, a beautiful hotel that was once a private villa. It was built in the early 1400’s, before Columbus ever touched American soil.  Each morning we climb a lovely staircase to go to breakfast and at the bottom of the stairs are two statutes. This is one of them – just a little decoration. You can see a tiny bit of the Venetian glass chandelier which hangs from the huge room at the top of the stairs.[spacer height=”20px”] We took a water taxi to the island of Murano, for a private tour of some glass blowing facilities and glass artist galleries. We arrived around 9:30 in the morning and Murano was wonderfully quiet. [spacer height=”20px”] We saw the work of Lino … Read more

Venice Day 2

There is a restaurant on the back of our hotel and it faces the Grand Canal. This is the view when you look to the left. I took this late in the day yesterday, one of my favorite times to shoot photos because the sun isn’t so strong and doesn’t wash out all of the colors.[spacer height=”20px”] Another photo taken late in the day. There’s something so peaceful looking about this boat, its color, and the color of the water. Even the window shades seem to pick up a hint of that blue-green.[spacer height=”20px”] We had dinner at a restaurant with a rooftop bar. I was mesmerized by the scenery up there, wishing I had wings (like a few of the pigeons we … Read more

Venice Day 1

I’m overwhelmed. This is my first trip to Venice and it really is a remarkable place. Yes, it’s full of tourists (30 million people a year come to this city and I think 20 million of them are here now) but there are so many wonderful things to see, I don’t care. And there are also plenty of canals and bridges to discover that aren’t overrun.[spacer height=”20px”] Here is part of the view from our hotel window – the Grand Canal. I keep thinking about the wonderful Merchant/ivory film, A Room with a View, based on E.M. Forster’s novel. Parts of the story took place here in Venice. What a romantic city.[spacer height=”20px”] We had a private walking tour of Venice, … Read more

On My Way to Italy

I’m so excited. We’re at the JKF airport in New York, waiting for a connection to Venice. We’ll be there for three days and then to Positano on the Amalfi Coast for six days. It’s a long-awaited family vacation and I can’t wait to get there. We’ve been to Italy twice before – to Tuscanny and to Umbria – but this is our first trip to Venice and Amalfi. I’ve got three cameras packed – two Nikons and one Sony point-and-shoot. I learned from a previous trip to Paris to always have back ups! I’ll be posting photos and travel tidbits here, so stay tuned.

Blueberry Cafe to Become a Movie!

I’ve just inked a deal with Crown Media for a Hallmark Channel movie of my first novel, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café. Alison Sweeney will star and produce. They are already into pre-production, and filming will begin this month in Vancouver, Canada. I’m hoping to fly out there and watch the filming for a couple of days. Unfortunately, it’s taking place during a time when I already have a lot of travel going on with my family. That said, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I’ll have to figure it out somehow. What an odd (but fun!) feeling it will be to see and hear people act out the parts of characters I’ve dreamed up.

A Place from My Past

I used to come to this beach when I was a teenager. It’s a private beach, but I had friends who lived in the neighborhood. We loved to swim and jump off the float and sometimes we’d sail around in a sunfish that belonged to one of the guys. One recent afternoon when I drove by here, I saw some kids on the float and it brought all those memories back in a flash.