Every once in awhile in life you happen to meet a person that you know immediately will be a good friend. Perhaps you have shared similar experiences, perhaps you have either a little or a lot in common, or share similar interests, and sometimes all of those things. Anyone who blogs will agree that one of the great virtues of it is that it broadens your horizon for meeting people that you can connect to and communicate with about the ups and downs and just plain adventures of life. This is how I felt when I met Lisa from Travel Dreams & Moonbeams not all that long ago. If we didn’t blog, what are the chances we would have ever met? Lisa found Ciao Amalfi, and left a comment that started a dialogue that hasn’t stopped. What fun!

It is my great pleasure to share here Lisa’s fabulous blog Travel Dreams & Moonbeams dedicated to fine art of solo travel. Lisa’s excellent writing and adventurous travel spirit inspire me on a daily basis. In her words,

Travel Dreams & Moonbeams will be geared toward the truly independent female traveler, women not scared to take a chance, dare to dream, relish excitement, cherish time alone and excited to meet new people.

While she writes about destinations around the world, Lisa has a deep passion for Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We have a lot in common in this respect! Over the past couple of weeks, she has been blogging about her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast, where we had the pleasure of meeting in Ravello on an extraordinarily beautiful day. It was a day that passed far too quickly! Don’t miss the following posts on her trip:

Wanderlust woman driving solo – Italian style!

With tips for women driving solo in Italy and her driving adventures on the Amalfi Coast. Let me tell you, this woman has some mad driving skills!

Wanderlust woman travels solo to Ravello’s Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast

Great history and photos of one of Ravello’s gems.

Wanderlust Woman travels solo to find a gem on the northern Amalfi Coast

Looking for a great hotel on the Sorrentine Penninsula?

Also be sure to check out what Lisa is doing when she’s not traveling around the world at her law blog Lady Litigator. Grazie mille, Lisa, for all the wonderful writing and inspiration you share!

PS: And thank you a million red Skittles for bringing me the bag full of Skittles & The Wedding Officer all the way from the States. Sei forte!! (You rock!!)

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5 Comments
  • traveldreamsandmoonbeams

    WOW – Grazie mille, Laura. What a beautiful, heartfelt post. And all the good stuff back at you. xo

    May 31, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Ciao Laura, This is so true, the connections with people around the world, and with the same interests, WOW! This continues to blow my mind!!
    Grazie 🙂

    May 31, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lisa! My pleasure! When are you coming back?? 🙂

    Ciao Chuck! True, true, it has been an amazing experience starting this blog. Glad you enjoyed!

    June 1, 2009
  • Lucia

    Really enjoyed this! Does
    Sei forte!! (You rock!!) really mean you rock or does it mean “STAY STRONG”. I wanna teach a friend a new phrase rather then “VA BENE”.

    June 1, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lucia! Glad you enjoyed the Sunday Shout-out! You are right that “Sei forte” literally means “you are strong.” But I hear it more often used to praise someone who has done something particularly well. Here is a forum discussion on the phrase:
    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=57282
    It has a few helpful examples. Since we don’t really have a saying in English that you can literally translate this as, I think of it meaning something similar to “you rock!” when used in the context of praising someone for doing something strongly (or well). But that might just be my own personal translation! 🙂

    June 1, 2009

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