Alice in Wonderland on Lake Como

September 22, 2013
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This past weekend I joined my husband at a conference in Varenna on Lake Como giving me the opportunity to discover, once again, why Italy is known as the Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country).  Every time I step out from my crazy little cocoon in Rome, running from work to family duties, I find that […]

Chewing the Cud in the Italian Alps

August 11, 2013
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This cow has got it all figured out.  August is a time for chilling out and chewing the cud.  That is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past week in the Italian Alps.  When I talk to Americans and other non-Italians about Italy, most people are interested in Tuscany, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, the […]

Small Change – A Novel of Parenting and Love

July 14, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — Today my post is dedicated to a review of a book written by a new friend of mine, Lynn Rodolico, followed by a chat with the author. Lynn Rodolico’s “Small Change” is a tender and eloquent story of a Swedish-American couple who adopt twin babies found in a dumpster.  The book tackles […]

Morocco’s Mini-Monarch

April 25, 2013
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Every evening Hassan Aghandor serves up steaming bowls of snails at Food Stall Number 3 in Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna Square while carrying on a steady stream of conversation with a crowd seated around him on stools.  Last  March, he explained to me, on the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed,  he had some unexpected guests. […]

Marrakech Meandering

April 22, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers – I am in Marrakech for four days enjoying a much needed break.  My husband Gustavo is here for a conference so I have had time to meander about on my own. I am entranced by this city, one gets swept up in the throbbing intensity and exotic romance.  As I walked […]

Artemisia Gentileschi – An Italian Heroine

February 7, 2013
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Dear Blog Readers — I don’t know about any of you, but sometimes when I need a little inspiration to get through a tough time I dig back in history trying to come up with people who I admire.  For some time now, one woman has been among those at the top of my list, […]

Wintering at Villa Ferraia

December 18, 2012
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Emerging from the deep Tuscan forest it is hard not to gasp at the striking beauty of Villa Ferraia. It’s a series of connected buildings made of stone with red tiled roofs surrounded by olive and lemon trees, potted flowers, patches of rosemary and wild growth. There is a giant infinity pool and large chessboards […]

A Violet Vespa

December 4, 2012
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Today I was late for parent-teacher meetings at my daughter’s school and I came flying out of the office and down to Piazza Colleggio Romano and was heading to the bus stop on Rome’s Via del Corso when this violet vespa stopped me short.  I pass that corner several times a day, coming and going […]