Eating my way through Sicily

May 14, 2012

Eating my way through Sicily   Imagine staying in medieval monasteries converted into world-class hotels and villas. View picture perfect medieval towns climbing up mountainsides. Explore unique Baroque cathedrals incorporating aspects from all its conquerors, Byzantine to Norman. Taste food so fresh it still has a garden fragrance. Drink wine with the proud vintner showing […]

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Almost to Heaven

March 26, 2012

    GETTING ALMOST TO HEAVEN NEAR THE ITALIAN-SWISS BORDER   Maps are very clear—the northwest of Italy, the Piedmonte, borders on Switzerland.  Looking at a map and experiencing the grandeur are very different.  My first taste was the previous evening’s late afternoon funicular ride from the center of Biella up to the Palazzo la […]

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Biella the Beautiful–A New Italian Discovery

March 24, 2012

Laura was happy today—showing off her beloved home city of Biella and the surrounding area.  Biella itself is an unknown medieval gem.  But before reaching Biella we visited the old Ricetto di Candelo, a place quite unlike anything I’d seen before.  Candela is a little village outside the town of Biella and the Ricetto is […]

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Falling In Love Again With Italy

March 22, 2012

Ahhh……I remember why I love Italy.  There can never enough of her.   She’s fashionable, sexy, and beautiful, with a picture-postcard moment just around the corner.  There are exuberant guides, slender women wearing boots, a jacket and a scarf tied just so, dark-haired Mediterranean men with Roman-chiseled faces.  And then there is the food.  Nothing is […]

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Searching For My Lake

March 20, 2012

  More rain and wind.  Exploring Lake Como might be difficult.  But everyone is starting the day in a good mood after a fun evening.  First we started with Laura instructing us in a proper northern Italian bar experience.  For the price of our wine, it is possible to enjoy a huge variety of tiny […]

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Finding the Italian Road Less Traveled–Eventually

March 18, 2012

Italy seems to be on everyone’s bucket list.  Rome and Roman ruins, Florence, Tuscan villas and vineyards, Umbria, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Sicily , the southern coast.  It’s all wonderful, and most of it served up on a platter by lots of tour operators.   But there is this corner of Italy that is often […]

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Help! I Want To Get Out Of Here!

January 22, 2012

You haven’t seen the sun for three weeks.  The kids might enjoy making snowmen, but you are getting tired of shoveling the driveway.  You need a break, and the Sunday papers are full of ads shouting “Go here!  Go there!  We’ve got great deals!  Just call!”  Remember, you’ve got choices and picking the wrong one […]

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Joining the Passegiata in Italy

December 15, 2011

It was Lucca where we discovered the passeggiata, and that was mostly by accident. The room we had in the pension was small and not terribly comfortable.  It was November and the staff seemed unconcerned that the heat had not been turned on, and the temperature had suddenly dropped.   After the day’s hassles with […]

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