Tag Archives: Santa Barbara

♥ Gelato: Love from Italy ♥

♥ The Gelato Festival Comes to America! ♥ ♥ For several years I have tried (unsuccessfully) to attend a Gelato Festival in Florence, Italy…but several weeks ago, Gelato Festival America came to me!

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Spanish Garden Inn: My Heavenly Stay-cation in the Heart of Santa Barbara

You can live in a place and drive by a place for virtually years and never think twice about it, never really pay attention…until you get a request and opportunity to take a closer look… When opportunity came and I … Continue reading

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♦ San Ysidro Ranch: 5 Stars in My Backyard! ♦

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ When I was approached by Forbes Travel Guide to visit and write a review of the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, I didn’t hesitate! Even though I only live a few miles away, I … Continue reading

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I Madonnari – Italian Street Painting in Santa Barbara

This Memorial Day weekend an Italian tradition, I Madonnari, has been celebrated with a festival in front of the beautiful “queen of the missions” in Santa Barbara. Read about this tradition, how it was revived and, if you can’t be … Continue reading

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♥ When a Rose is More than a Rose…♥

♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ♥ “A rose is a rose is a rose” or so said Gertrude Stein. At least it’s attributed to her. It’s often interpreted to mean that things just are what they are…no more, no less… … Continue reading

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