My parents were both half Norwegian. Mom's maternal family originally were the Kjilis, which someone at Ellis Island translated as Kelly. Dad's paternal family were the Amundsons, which someone at Ellis Island translated as Amerson.
In the days and weeks after the shooting, the survivors of the Parkland high school shooting organized a national movement demanding gun control.This summer, they reminded us that is an act of patriotism and crossed the country in a Voter Registration Drive.
We disembarked at the port of Toulon under a deep blue sky against which threw the white stone buildings and exotic palm trees in high relief....
The sun set as we left Civitavecchia en route to Monaco, where we learned that it is impossible to have a big enough boat.
In 2016, I had one day to show my husband the Eternal City. Should we wander the city on our own or hit the highlights on a tour? I chose NOT to be the one to hurry us along, leaving the nagging (and the guiding) to the professionals. It was a wonderful day!
Just north of Sicily, Stromboli, one of three active volcanos in Italy, rose out of the flat Tyrrhenian Sea and disappeared into an ominous cloud.
The deep fjord leading into and out of the country of Montenegro fascinated us, coming....
Looking back to our day in Dubrovnik, when we walked the wall of this beautiful and historic city .....
Our Adriatic cruise on Holland America began in Venice, a city I'd first gotten to know when we lived in Milan and had last visited after my graduation from high school in 1972. I recalled a rainy, miserable town. How wrong I was!