Here I go!

I've been told many times over the years that I should write travel guide books, but this is as close as I plan to come to that!

Since getting my first passport at age 43, I have gotten to go places in this world that I never dreamed of seeing, and I'm an inveterate note taker. My travels since 1986 have been as a professional travel agent...which only increased that note taking. I hope to share some of the things I've found interesting for one reason or another -- maybe for cultural or historic reasons, maybe just beautiful, maybe ultra good, maybe just hilarious. And sometimes just because I liked it, related to travel or not.

My speciality in the travel business is Italy, though I handle travel pretty much worldwide..and if I don't keep up with a particular area, one of the great agents in my office does. See for more about the professional side of my life.

Your comments and shared tips are very welcome! I truly believe "we get by with a little help from our friends."

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Very Best Coffee!

I became a coffee nut a couple of years ago, but only last month did I come across what I think is "The Best Coffee I've Ever Had." My friend Nan McElroy in Venice sent me some of her favorite, the Galapagos variety from Caffe del Doge in Venice. WOW! I ordered for myself, several blends, and agree with Nan that the Galapagos is best suited to my taste. 'Course the shipping cost more than the coffee itself, but I will absolutely be ordering again. Shipment came within a week's time. See and be happy! This stuff is fabulous.

And to meet Nan and learn about the superb "Instructructions for Use" books that she has written for travelers to Italy and France, see These are available from


KatieP said...

I must try that! I am a sucker for Neapolitan coffee and recently had one of the best coffees ever next to the Museo Archeologico di Napoli. A little hole in the wall next door to Mignone in Piazza Cavour. Life changing-like the pastries at Mignone!

Italy Instructions said...

Ciao Sally! How wonderful to see you blogging. And so glad you liked the caffè. If helps that you can still get some for yourself Stateside, and don't have to leave it all behind in Italia, vero? ;)