Feb 132017
 
The Sweeneys in Scottsdale Part Two

Scenes of Scottsdale on Instagram Mr. TWS and I are finally settled in at our new home and loving it here in Scottsdale. We’ve been enjoying the sights, activities, and places of our new hometown and have much more exploration to do. It’s easy for us to see why Scottsdale is a desirable destination for travelers […]

Dec 252016
 
Our Christmas Card from New York City

By Mr. TWS — Sweeney and I kicked off our Christmas season a little differently this year because our relocation to Scottsdale, Arizona from the San Francisco Bay Area was still in progress. Instead of getting our Christmas tree and decorating just after Thanksgiving before heading off to Europe for 10 days in early December, it seemed getting to New York City for a few days was the perfect plan.

Dec 092016
 
The Sweeneys in Scottsdale

Mr. TWS and I have been pretty quiet on the blog recently, but our personal lives have been bustling with activity and new adventures. For the past few months, we’ve been immersed in preparing for and beginning a new chapter in our lives by relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Scottsdale, Arizona.

Oct 042016
 
An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

Since our first visit to Tredozio, Italy in June of 2013, I’ve dreamed of a return to this serene village of Emilia-Romagna in the Apennine mountains. During our April trip to Italy, my dream was fulfilled. We once again enjoyed the hospitality of our host at Torre Fantini (you may remember reading about our stay here in 2013) and were royally welcomed at another lovely estate in the EsteVillas portfolio of holiday rentals, Villa La Collina.

Aug 042016
 
Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

From our romantic apartment in Asolo, we not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of Italy on side trips during our four-day stay. With our expert guides and gracious hosts Mr. TWS and I explored highlights that included regional wine, art, and architecture. Here are five places that we recommend for your Veneto itinerary.

Jul 112016
 
I Left My Heart in Asolo

I often think of Asolo. Since our April visit to this town in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, I’ve thought back fondly to many moments of our stay there. The picture-perfect hilltop town exudes romance with its winding lanes, beautiful villas, galleries, cafes, and fabulous views from its lofty position.

Jun 202016
 
An Authentic Taste of Mantua

Traditional food and wine of Mantua Enjoying regional food and wine is always a key element in our travels. While staying at Palazzo Castiglioni in Mantua, we indulged in a variety of local specialties. We also learned about Mantuan pride in the agricultural richness of the area (in large part due to its proximity to the Po River) and […]