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Pink and Green, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Wow, I happened to look back on a post this morning, only to find that I had missed the anniversary of my favorite place in the Cyber World…my blog. Five years has passed in no time. I have met some of the best cyber friends and fans during this time, and have actually met several of them in person during our travels. Thank you to all my readers for your support over the years!  🙂

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Chichen Itza, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

September is almost gone once again. My favorite month. This year was no exception. I had not been able to see my husband since early June and had the opportunity to visit with him in Kentucky and we also traveled to San Juan Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. A great but tiring two weeks. The food, company, beaches, service and sights were far more than expected. We made new friends and spent time with old friends. One of the highlights was hiring a private driver, Felix and tour guide Luis to take us on a 12 hour adventure into the ancient Mayan history. Chichen Itza is a 5000 years old wonder and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A wonder of mathematics, astronomy and culture. The Mayan people are amazing and dedicated people with a rich and talented history.  The amazing stories of survival and beliefs told to us lit a fire for me to learn more. So as September winds down today I wonder what October will bring?  🙂

The Maya name “Chich’en Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This derives from chi’, meaning “mouth” or “edge”, and ch’en or ch’e’en, meaning “well.” Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula. One possible translation for Itza is “wizard (or enchantment) of the water.”[4]

The name is often represented as Chichén Itzá in Spanish and when translated into other languages from Spanish to show that both parts of the name are stressed on their final syllables. Other references prefer to employ a more rigorous orthography in which the word is written according to the Maya language, using Chich’en Itzá (pronounced IPA: [t?it?’en itsá?]). This form preserves the phonemic distinction between ch’ and ch, since the base word ch’e’en (which, however, does have a neutral tone vowel “e” in Maya and is not accented or stressed in Maya) begins with a glottalized affricate. The word “Itzá'” has a high rise final “a” that is followed by a glottal stop (indicated by the apostrophe).

There is evidence in the Chilam Balam books that there was another, earlier name for this city prior to the arrival of the Itza hegemony in northern Yucatán. This name is difficult to define because of the absence of a single standard of orthography, but it is represented variously as Uuc Yabnal,[5] Uuc Hab Nal,[6] or Uc Abnal.[7] While most sources agree the first word means seven, there is considerable debate as to the correct translation of the rest. Among the translations suggested are “Seven Bushes,” “Seven Great Houses,” or “Seven Lines of Abnal.”  ~ Wikipedia

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Giant Lindt, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I’m in a blogging funk. It happens to the best of us. I’m sure I will be out of my funk shortly, but one can never judge exactly how long theses things last. I am also suffering form post travel blues, that I always succumb to after my worldwide escapades. I wait anxiously all year to return to Italy, and the *poof* it came and went as quickly as that! Gone! Nothing left but wonderful memories and great photos.

Today’s photo involves a trip the Lindt Store in the Barberino Outlet Mall in Italy and holding a GIANT Lindt truffle…too bad bad life couldn’t be that sweet everyday!

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Pizza Margarita, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Sorry, I have not updated my rantings in a few weeks. Time has passed rather quickly, but stay tuned for some travel and food stories over the few few weeks. We (The Rambling Rountrees) traveled back to Italy for the ninth season to Italy via Swiss Air from Boston-Zurich-Florence June 4th- 16th. We explored Florence, Bologna, Follonica, Grosseto, San Gimignano, Siena and Cortona, and Lugano Switzerland staying in Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa as our home base. We ate, walked, photographed, filmed and enjoyed each others company and the company of the locals. Once again our adventures did not disappoint us. Stay tuned for our travel tales! Ciao…

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The Italian Sun


Italian sun, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~Mark Twain

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marizpan, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Winter is long and cold here in New England. But the sun has gotten higher in the sky and the days a growing longer by the minute, so soon Spring will be upon us once more. My husband and travel companion have planned another summer adventure in Italy this June. Flying into my favorite city Florence and exploring central and northern Italy once again. Soon I will begin the countdown to travel days. But in the meantime I will look at all my photos I have taken of Italy over the last years we have traveled there. Each time I look at them I am reminded of the place that warms my heart. The magical place I have learned call home during those two weeks in June. The photos bring back the sights, smells and tastes of our beloved Bella Italia!

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Th Historic Del, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

During a recent work trip to sunny San Diego and Coronado Island my husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. What a magnificent choice! The hotel is stunning, the service impeccable, the staff friendly and I felt as pampered as Marilyn Monroe when she filmed “Some Like it Hot”.

“Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977.”

“Today, The Del offers guests a unique combination of modern luxury touched with the charm and grace of this fairytale castle. Include its stunning beachfront locale and it’s easy to see why The Del has been called “one of the top ten resorts in the world” by USA Today.

We arrived at the Hotel on a Thursday afternoon in September with over 500 other guests. Check-in lasted a mere 10 minutes for less and we were greeted graciously with a welcome reception outside in the courtyard. The staff were very tuned in to our needs upon arrival. We had requested a king size bed, but upon check-in realized that we were given a room with two queen sized beds. I called the guest services and was quickly told that we would have a room upgrade by the next morning, and low and behold, by the time we woke the next day a room change was placed under our door. Needless to say, we decided that room fit our needs just fine and opted to stay where we first were assigned.

The Hotel Del is massive in size. Several restaurants, bars and many shops adorn the property. The staff is amazing and were also within reach if need be. The property was spotless and gorgeous, the same way the website depicted it would be. With flowers and shrubs well manicured. The main part of the hotel is the Victorian Inn and next door are the cabanas and the Towers, where we stayed. The Victorian part of the Hotel is said to be haunted by the Ghost of Kate Morgan, although she never made an appearance we looked for her each day!

Most our meals were served by the staff at the Del. Consisting of a beachfront welcome reception, breakfast buffets, and a farewell gala event int he historic ballroom. The service was top notch and the waitstaff were some of the best I have ever encountered during our travels. Friendly, courteous and always willing to make your stay more pleasant.

Whether you want a beach resort experience, a deluxe spa treatment, a quiet getaway, or a romantic honeymoon, the Del can’t be beat. The Island of Coronado is a beautiful escape from downtown San Diego and offers dining and shopping as well. Most within walking distance. The sights and sounds make for a gorgeous destination to relax or plan daytime excursions to the San Diego Zoo, the waterfront or nearby La Jolla! Overall the Hotel Del is a rare jewel not to be missed!

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orchid, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well I’m sure my readers have been faithfully looking for me! The past two weeks have been a travelers dream of wanderlust for me! I traveled to San Diego and Coronado California, Kentucky for a few days and then San Juan Puerto Rico. Stayed at the exquisite Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado and the Ritz Carlton in San Juan! Not bad! I am ready to honestly review the hotels and food along the way Stay tuned for next week!

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Wordless Wednesday!

Perche No!, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

How appropriate for today’s blog entry. Been back for almost 2 weeks now and I am in need of another extended vacation…back to Italy preferably. While I was gone, my mom who is a diabetic and suffers from diabetic retinopathy, had a bleed in her right eye. Not much that can be done about it, accept surgery to try to clear the blood from her vitreous in her eye. To be done in August, so another complication from her healing from her stroke this past fall.  I think I need a gelato today! Perche No? hehehe

The above is a recent photo from Florence Italy where I enjoyed the best watermelon and cantelope gelato from Perche No!

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vedure di fritti, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Here I sit, having been back for almost two weeks from Italy 2010. As I look back I think, “did it really happen?” Once again time flew past me in an instant! The trip came and went and I am left with more fond memories. Even though eating for me is much different than it was two years ago, I still am a foodie by nature. The sight sounds and smells do not compare to the food! The food is an experience that must be consumed with abandonment. A careless barrage of tastes. This journey made another impact on me. Bistecca that can’t be duplicated, veggies that explode in your mouth, pasta and pizza of course. Cheese that lavishes one in the smell, the sweetness of prosciutto, the tanginess of the fruit…all leave an imprint on the soul. For now I can sit back and bask in the sweet memory one obtains from such an experience. I am thinking about sharing my joys of planning for European Travel with a series of workshops for those who want to travel. I will keep you posted with the details…..

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