Bringing Down the White Picket Fence

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Shh…Paul is sleeping.  This gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase his latest photos.  While I may be the storyteller of our journeys, he’s the talent behind capturing the beauty in all of the places we visit.  Tonight, his photos tell the story of a mid-afternoon stroll through one of our favorite cities in the world. This is Paris on a summer day. © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White… Read More

“We’ve Got Cheese Shops” In July of 2010, Paul and I spent our honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy.  Our hotel sat high upon a cliff overlooking the magnificent Bay of Naples, and everyday after relaxing at the pool, we would walk to town down a long, dusty, quiet, lemon-tree lined path.  Occasionally, a scooter would pass us by, motor off, using only the natural force of gravity to make its way down to the bustling streets… Read More

For a Jersey girl, sometimes it’s hard to believe the ease of hopping onto a NJ Transit train bound for New York City.  There is a whole other world above those crowded steps of Penn Station, a world so significantly different than suburbia.  It screams my name.  It begs me to explore.  It keeps me coming back for more. There is only one man I have to thank for this love. His… Read More