Author: Valerie Antkowiak

View from Bonnieux house

A Week in Provence

We spent a relaxing week in Provence, from our home base in the hilltop town of Bonnieux.

View near Alba

Tasting Wine and Truffles in Alba, Italy

From Bologna, we traveled to the northwest of Italy, to Piedmont. On our last trip to Italy in 2018, our friends Pete and Kari joined us in Siena, then they traveled up to Piedmont...

Bologna: Europe’s Oldest College Town

I’ve always enjoyed visiting college towns – from Ann Arbor to Madison, to Cambridge, both Massachusetts and the UK. In 2021 we visited Coimbra, the home of Europe’s second oldest university, so this time,...

Scooter in Siena

Two Weeks in Siena

We traveled to Italy and Provence in the fall of 2022 and it was great to get back to more normal traveling – no pandemic restrictions, no masks required – but the crowds were...