The Church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

I love coming across old gems! We are here in Florence for the week. This is our very first time in Italy. The city is extremely photogenic with the Arno river flowing through it and the iconic architecture. I was out exploring today (as I am known to do) and came across a little-known historical …

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Our New Neighborhood: El Carmen: A Visual Journey

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. But we have just about completed our move to Spain. We have been here in Valencia for about 3 weeks. We have been staying pretty busy managing all of the bureaucracy that comes with a move abroad... finalizing our residency visa here in Spain, registering …

Sea, Sunshine and Salty Goodness in Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia

Last Friday we ventured over to the other side of Vis to the second largest town on the island, Komiža. When some fellow-travelers from Vienna described Komiža as even smaller than Vis Town, I didn't think that could be possible. Turns out, I was wrong. Komiža, at last census, had less than 1,400 residents. Its …

Street Art of Vis Town, Croatia: A Visual Journey

The street art of Vis is much more sophisticated than this sleepy little town belies. We are on day 11 of our month-long stay in Vis. In my wanderings in and around St George's Bay extending on both sides to the very outskirts of the town of Vis, I have happened across numerous abandoned buildings. …

Vis Town, Croatia: First Impressions

We've made it to Vis and it is truly a gem in the Adriatic! If you are a regular TIC reader, you'll know that in 2015 I had a life-changing epiphany that would drastically affect my life's trajectory. If you haven't already done so, I might suggest you read some of that backstory in two …

Living in Europe: Just Weeks Away

It is still difficult to believe we are here. Only one small hurdle stands between us and our (read "my") 5-year plan to retire and live in Europe. I am grateful to have a significant other who is willing to indulge me my dream. We have gathered and submitted all the paperwork for the residence …

Old Kotor en noir

Just thumbing through my photos... and found this gem. ... from Old Town Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪 Such a fascinating city in a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. If you've never been, think Dubrovnik on a much smaller scale... and with fewer crowds. The hills rise up dramatically from the Bay of Kotor. Thinking …

Cetinje, the Old Historic Capital of Montenegro 🇲🇪

*This post recounts some of my adventures from the summer of 2018 traveling solo in Montenegro. When I asked about recommendations for historic sites in Montenegro, my Airbnb host mentioned Cetinje without hesitation. Cetinje is the old capital of this tiny Balkan country and the residence of the current Montenegrin president. This city of about …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris en noir

Living ‘My’ Dream

Friday I gave my 2-week notice. For the first time in my adult life, my career is no longer my highest priority. I have been mentally preparing myself for the challenges ahead for years. We have reached our FI number, but that, it seems, was the easy part! We are letting go of our careers, …