September 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience…

March 24, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

5 Easter Celebrations Around the World Seville, Spain Semana Santa is Holy Week in Spain.  Seville hosts the most remarkable processions of extravagant floats and masked Nazarenos.  Candelit floats illustrate the Easter story followed by the Nazarenos who are the penitents showing their sorrow and regret for their wrongs.   Semana Santa also marks the beginning of spring so the celebrations expand throughout the city to restaurants and bars.   Prizzi, Italy Just south of Palermo, The devil “Abbullu de Daivuli” is represented by locals running around with red robes and scary masks.  They run around on Easter Sunday to trap…

January 4, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Sunset Sundowners Sundowners are a beloved South African tradition.  They are a daily happy hour right at sunset as a celebration of another day spent in paradise.  Africa prides itself on rugged beauty and sunsets that astound and there is always something to toast to when you are in South Africa.   Sundowners are a must for any traveler and should be enjoyed in the company of friendly locals surrounded by the natural beauty.  South Africa   Although the sundowners tradition is South African, the ritual of happy hour at sunset is celebrated throughout the world.  In…

November 17, 2015 The Traveling Gals

Venice – Off the Beaten Path Venice is known for its canals and romantic gondola rides.  It is a destination on everyone’s wish list with its artistic jewels and monumental architecture.  There are many highlights that every traveler in Venice cannot overlook.  San Marco Piazza is the largest and most important public square originally built in the ninth century.   The Basilica di San Marco, also known as the Golden Basilica, for its golden mosaics is within the Piazza and adjacent to the Doges Palace (“Palazzo Ducale”).  The Doges Palace is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.  The interior comprises vast council…

September 23, 2015 The Traveling Gals 10Comment

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy! North of Naples, South of Rome North of Naples is a recommendation from the Crystal  Cruises website.  The author was born in Gallinaro in the Comino Valley, but was educated and resides in the UK.  He returns to his family home in Gallinaro for summers.  It…