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Restarting my Aerogarden

I finally have overcome my deep depression after my Aerogarden herbs died while I was out of town last year. After that traumatic event, I needed a little break. It takes a lot out of you when you are taking care of plants from the very beginning when they were seeds. And then, they unexpectedly

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Italy November 2016 Part 7 : Venice

First Impressions This was our first view of Venice. This is what you see immediately after exiting the train station. It was quite a sight! It was a 10-minute walk from the station to our Airbnb which was located just south of the historic Jewish district. When we arrived, the streets were extremely crowded. Because of

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Italy November 2016 Part 6 : Bologna

First Impressions As soon as we exited the train station, we were met with a little round about where taxis and cars wait to pick people up. It almost has a small town feel. The neighborhoods we walked through sort of reminded me of Naples, but the city overall is much more picturesque. There is

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Italy November 2016 Part 5: Tuscany

Tuscany Road Trip Itinerary This is a map of our original itinerary. We actually didn’t complete the loop. Our original plan was to go clockwise in a circle, but on our last day, we decided to back track. Instead of going from Colle di Val d’Elsa back up to Florence, we went to Chianti for

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Italy November 2016 Part 4: Florence

Arrival and First Impressions We took the fast train from Rome early one morning. It was only about an hour and a half from Rome, so very quick and easy. I love trains. Wish we used more of them here in the U.S. It would probably cut back on traffic! We arrived at the Florence train

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Italy November 2016 Part 3: Naples Day Trip

Naples is about a 1-hour train ride from Rome. If you get the tickets far enough in advance they are quite cheap. Since we bought ours last minute, we paid around 40 EUR per person round trip. We weren’t originally planning to go, but thought it would be nice to see another city. Especially, since

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Italy November 2016 Part 2: Food in Rome

Gelato after every meal Was something we thought we would challenge ourselves with while in Italy. And for the most part we stuck to it. This post is a recap of all the food that we ate while in Rome. Starting with our first taste of gelato. (some blue text is clickable in case you want

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Italy November 2016 Part 1: Rome and First Impressions

Arriving in Rome and a Dishonest Taxi Driver We took the last flight out of Paris and into Rome. We arrived late and after we landed the baggage carousel broke and someone had to come and restart it. We finally got our baggage and headed out to the taxi stand. I had a look at

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Tomato Soup with Fennel and Thyme

  As we approach the middle of December, thought I would share one of my all time favorite tomato soups. And, if I may, I wanted to dedicate this song to this soup. James Blake “Limit to your Love(Daniel-Bortz Edit)“. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] (FF to 3:05 for the vocals) Classic…. Just like

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