Rome is definitely the place to live to eat and enjoy the meal!
Last summer I surprised my Mom by planning a whirlwind trip to Rome. She flew in from the UK and I flew in from the USA (via a stopover in Toronto). We met in the airport, got a taxi to our Airbnb and spent a wonderful, whirlwind 5 days exploring Rome. Before we left a friend of mine recommended a food tour. As eating and drinking is such a huge part of the Italian culture we chose to book this tour for our first night in Rome. The reasoning for this was to gain some insights before we were left to our own devices in exploring all of the culinary delights that Rome has to offer.
Taking this tour was one of the best decisions we made. We opted for an early evening tour at 4pm. This is very early for Rome as dinner doesn’t usually begin until much later. We were very fortunate as the other tour members rescheduled for a later time and my mother and I had our own personal guide for this tour. Luca was amazing! I checked and she is still working for the same tour company so if you have the opportunity to get her as a guide do it! –Buon appetito !
Although I was born and raised in England I take great pride in my “adopted” home, Texas. I am proud of the fact that after 21 years of military service we chose to make Belton, Texas our home. I have been planning to write a blog about the charms of certain Texas towns so, I decided that I would begin by illuminating my “adopted hometown” of Belton.
Whether you live near or far, Belton is a small town worth stopping for. It is situated 62 miles north of Austin and has lots to discover.
So head this way and discover all that Belton has to offer. Ya'll won’t regret it!!!
BBQ in Belton..................
Of course any trip to Belton should begin with BBQ and there is no better place to begin than at the legendary Schoepf’s. On my dad’s first visit to the States in 1989 he was introduced to this great taste at this fine establishment -he was hooked, so were we. If you love BBQ you will love Schoepf’s and an added bonus is great live music in the summer months .These summer events are free and offer a wide variety of local artists is a great venue with amazing food.
Down By The Creek........
In Belton “down by the creek “ takes on a whole new meaning. There is fun to be had here. Once a year Nolan Creek is stocked with trout so fishing is clearly an option, tubing and, generally just hanging out by the water is another option. In the summer you will find free concerts and best of all the area just above the creek has some fabulous food and drink establishments to explore. My grandson loves the frozen yogurt at The Weigh Station, we love the atmosphere and food at The Gin. If relaxation is what you need check out The Woodhouse Spa you won’t be disappointed by any of these choices.
Each year for the last 7 years my husband and I have taken a trip with my in-laws . Three years ago my father-in-law died; in his honor we continue the tradition, always raising a glass to him and treasuring the memories. Time to make more memories..........
Queen Victoria was the first person to actually describe Nashville as Music City! One fact I managed to learn and actually retain during this weekend of fun in the Music City.
So Now We are Here .......Where to Stay?
We opted to stay in East Nashville in a very comfortable Airbnb. The house was perfect for our stay as we needed a place to comfortably visit and catch up with family while at the same time have easy access to walkable restaurants. This place delivered that and so much more. I loved the eclectic style and the comfort and size of the rooms. We were presently surprised at how close we were to sites that we wanted to visit and our Uber bill was more than reasonable. The host ,Laura ,was very responsive and offered a grocery service at a very reasonable rate.During our stay Nashville was hit with ice and snow and she was kind enough to ensure the steps and walkway were well salted to ensure our safety. If you are in Nashville consider this AirBnB as an option it really offers so much for a great price.
I discovered the world of "stop overs' on a trip home. ......Why haven't I been doing this for years?
I discovered that I could fly Iceland Air and get a totally free stopover in this amazing country. New country,break up the flying time this was too good to not explore.
So off I went to discover this new country- it was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had; so much so when I traveled next with Gene we took a three day stop over and he also fell in love with this amazing country.
If you ever get the opportunity to plan a trip to Europe consider a stop over here you won’t regret it. Iceland is expensive but it doesn't have to be. Below are some tips for seeing the sights on a budget.
Tips for Travel In Iceland: