a walking tour of Barga

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel14 Comments

On the afternoon of our first full day in Barga, we had the pleasure of doing a walking tour led by Keane, a man who moved from the UK 30 years ago and has made Barga his home.  We didn’t get to do this tour last year, so I was excited to learn more about this ancient walled town.  The … Read More

rest & recovery

Marian Parsonsa slice of life59 Comments

Two weeks ago, I had surgery on my right shoulder and bicep.  Since then, I’ve spent the better part of my time in a recliner with a twin-sized, 3-inch-thick piece of memory foam on top.  Rest isn’t easy for me.  I sit in this chair with ice on my shoulder and feel like I can be doing more.  But this … Read More

pole-pole-tree & dinner with Florentines

Marian ParsonsTravel13 Comments

None of us were looking forward to an early morning wake-up call to catch our train from Paris to Milan to Florence, but that is what had to be done. Since train travel is less expensive then air travel, my mom and I decided to splurge on business class tickets.  Since we were on the train most of the day, … Read More

linen bee napkins

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Favorite Things23 Comments

Just before I left for Europe, I received a package from Linen Bee.  I have worked with them for years as a sponsor and a paying customer.  I’ve worn their dresses to China, Europe, and all over the US. They are my favorite custom-made linen clothes.  So, I’m always excited when I get a package from them! In this order, … Read More

Paris souvenirs

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel30 Comments

Before we leave Paris and head to Italy, I thought I would share the “souvenirs” I purchased.  For me, I like to bring things home that I will use.  When I interact with them, they will remind me of my trip and, hopefully, a great memory that accompanies them. I already shared about the antique fountain pen and the lesson … Read More

free & final day in Paris

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel19 Comments

We got a late start to our last day in Paris.  It was the only day we didn’t have to wake up for a tour, so we slept in and were slow to eat breakfast and get ready.  When traveling, there is always a tension between wanting to see as much as you can and wanting to stop to take … Read More

champagne & reims

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Travel28 Comments

As I was planning out our France leg of the trip, the number one thing I wanted to do was take a day trip to Champagne.  For me, it wasn’t about the grapes or the tastings, but it was about seeing the French countryside…seeing tiny villages nestled in lush green hills and checkerboard fields. So, I booked a private tour … Read More

a smoother landing

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness16 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always, all opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Read to the bottom of the post to find out how you can get $60 off your first 3 weeks of Blue Apron meals. When I get back from a trip, especially an extended one overseas, the landing can be a little … Read More