Ciao, bella Italia (Capri, Blue Grotto)

Capri, the land of winged sirens, as mythology will have it, is a truly magical and mesmerizing place. A short boat ride away from Sorrento (30 min.), Capri welcomes visitors with spectacular views, yet friendly surroundings. Continue reading “Ciao, bella Italia (Capri, Blue Grotto)”

Castles and Seafood: Sintra and Cascais, Portugal

Sintra and Cascais are two places close by Lisbon that everyone visiting Portugal should see! We were enchanted by the beauty of the castles we visited and refreshed by the crisp air in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, perched high above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading “Castles and Seafood: Sintra and Cascais, Portugal”

Fall Colors of East Tennessee

One of the best parts about Knoxville is its proximity to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the fall especially, the area is at its absolute best, displaying a warm palette of colors, much to the enjoyment of us all. This past weekend, we took advantage of a warm and sunny Sunday and took a scenic drive through the mountains. Continue reading “Fall Colors of East Tennessee”

Greetings from uncle Dracula

I hate to burst your bubble but what you may know as Dracula’s Castle is called Bran Castle and it wasn’t in fact his… Although born in Transylvania, in Sighishoara, Vlad was the ruler of Walachia, a territory south of Transylvania at various times from 1456-1462. Like most people in the area back then, Vlad was involved in fighting the Ottomans – and was effective at it – but he didn’t actually live in Bran Castle.  Continue reading “Greetings from uncle Dracula”