Category Archives: Italy

Palermo, Sicily and Madrid, Spain, Fun Re-told

Ferry Boat Disembarkation
Ferry Boat Disembarkation

Well, here we go again. We both love these two stories of experiences we enjoyed while traveling. One is our completely unexpected inspiration from people while aboard an overnight ferry from Palermo, Sicily.  An experience we will never forget.

Next in this episode we re-live our impromptu tapas crawl in Madrid, Spain. This comes the day after we witnessed thousands of people in Puerta Del Sol celebrating the abdication of the King of Spain.

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For more information on Madrid, listen to our

Madrid Tapas
Madrid Tapas

podcast solely on Madrid here: Madrid, Spain, Tapas and an Abdication Party

Listen to the Palermo Podcast here

Cinque Terre, Italy: Hiking, Medusae, and More Laundry


“Keep climbing,” Laura said, looking back at my nearly dead and 100_0764dehydrated walking corpse. “Look at this great view.”

When I finally reached the peak, the look down onto Vernazza was one of the most amazing views I had ever seen, making the hike worth every breath, every droplet of sweat, and every near heart attack.

Reaching the small Italian fishing village, we donned our bathing suits in much the same way most of the residents do, right there on the rocks along with others. We jumped into the chilly Mediterranean Sea.

“Yikes,” screamed Laura, “somethings got me!”   We hastily scrambled up the sharp rocks out of the water. The locals told us to pee on it. It was quite a learning experience.

100_0805Listen to our fun adventures in the Cinque Terre, and the usual travel tips sprinkled throughout the show.

Find out about the recent changes being made that will affect your travel to that area.

We’ll explain what I needed to pee on, too.

All that and more are on this episode of Stories Faces Places.


Bologna, Italy: Wine, Food and Laundry

DSCN4395“Hey Al,” said Laura, “are those your boxers hanging in the courtyard?”
To my surprise, the answer to her question was in the affirmative. But before I go there,  allow me to digress and start from the beginning of our memorable experiences from our Bologna, Italy trip.

Bologna dates back at least 1,000 years. I said I would start at the beginning.  The University of Bologna is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1088. How interesting is that fun fact? To put it in perspective, our whole country, the U.S. is only 250 years old. We’re talking historical here in Bologna. There are more fun facts sprinkled throughout this podcast.DSCN4374

Our hotel was a unique and cozy family owned place called Hotel Porta San Mamolo.

“Would you guys join me for some wine in the kitchen later tonight?” asked Roberto the general manager and owner of this establishment, Mamolo.  “Of course,” we responded in stereo.

That wine meeting led us to his family’s vineyard and to a local restaurant that in my opinion is the only place needed to satisfy the palate while in Bologna.DSCN4439

So take a listen to this episode as we reminisce about our trip to Bologna, Italy and the Vineyard that became a resort.

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