Saturday, October 29, 2016


Did you ever hear that chant or something similar?  I had the good fortune of coming in contact with a lovely Catholic lady at the national ANG Seminar in Nashville, TN right after I had lost my wallet. She was sitting in a wheelchair and I was explaining to a mutual friend that my wallet was missing.  She said Sandy, stop right now and turn around 3 times and chant the above phrase.  Heck, it was free and didn't cost anything so what was the harm right?  Well I did so, and no my wallet was not recovered while I was in Nashville.  However, 10 months later the security guard at the Opryland Hotel contacted me and they had, indeed, recovered my wallet, sitting in the middle of the floor in plain view in their office - no idea where it came from or how it got there.  Everything was in tact - no a penny missing.  Hmmmmm, makes you wonder doesn't it?

The point of this is that on our wonderful PARTY ON THE PO journey we will be in the city where the Basilica of St. Anthony is located.  Padua!
Basilica of St. Anthony

A fellow passenger forwarded an article from the Chicago Tribune dated October 16, 2016 on the 'Venice Scene' and it highlights several areas where we will be 'romeing' around (get it?  LOL - no we won't be in Rome but I just couldn't help myself!) 

While pictures are 'not allowed inside the Basilica - even without flash' there are tons available to look at the enormous size of this structure, it's many periods of architecture, fantastic art, bronze statues - including many by Renaissance master Donatello, etc.  

Fantastic makes await you in various squares along our journey!  This is another fantastic place to feast your eyes and your lust for fantastic foods.

To join us just email me at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Where everybody knows your name" . . .

Does this ring any bells?  Remember the "Cheers" television program and the theme song "Cheers"?

Well, we are going to have one fantastic luncheon on our 'HAVE A BALL IN BOSTON" tour!

The information about the pub states that the original bar is nothing like that depicted on the popular TV show. However, the owner, in his wisdom, built a gift shop that has a replica of the one on the show.

Our guide has a great lunch planned for us.

Come join us for our day full of adventures when we roam the streets of Boston.  I'll be posting more about our adventures such as the needlepoint shops we will visit, the shopping that is available, the historic sites we will enjoy and did I mention stitching?  Stitching?  Stitching?

We begin our journey on June 8, 2017 so check out the information in the brochure that has been posted.

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Monday, October 3, 2016


This past month, a friend told us of a movie that was filmed in Venice and stared Kathryn Hepburn entitled Summertime.  Yes, of course, it is an older movie but what a movie!  Both stars were nominated for awards - they did not win but it sure is a good movie.

In the movie the male star is explaining to Kathryn Hepburn various things about the area. One reference me made to Burano made me think of the following picture.  He said something like legend had it that a rainbow spilled all its beautiful colors over the city and that is why it is so colorful and beautiful (or something to that effect).  But I could totally believe that!

House after house after house is a bright, happy color!  How can you not smile when looking at all these cheerful colors?

We are so fortunate that this is going to be one of our excursions on our fantastic Party on the Po
riverboat stitching cruise!  You really should consider coming to join us.  There are so many wonderful adventures in store and the travel agent has even taken into account the various mobility issues for us who are a little slower on foot (as opposed to fleet of foot).  They also have canes if needed and bicycles for the ambitious - oh how I wish!  What a happy place to begin winding down our trip!  If you would like to join us just email me at  Our travel agent reminded me this morning that many specials are about to expire and we would hate to see you miss out if it is something you are longing to do.

Also, keep in mind that we do occasionally have someone looking for a roommate.  For some, it makes traveling so much more fun when you have someone to share the days adventures as the evening winds down.

Come on over!  We'd love to have you.