Eating in Italy – Outdoor Trattorias, Restaurants, and More

I don’t pretend to know the difference between trattorias, osterias, restaurants, or cafés in Italy. All I know is that whenever I had the chance I would always choose to eat outside. There is just something about the atmosphere that … Continued

Outdoor Shrines in Italy

In many places throughout Italy I found tiny “shrines” embedded into the old walls, and most of these were of the Virgin Mary. I thought these were really interesting and wondered who had taken the time to build these into … Continued

My Italian Friend Lucia

This is about my young Italian friend Lucia from Brindisi. She is 20 years old and I met her on the bus to Ostuni and then bumped into her again the following day while exploring the town. I was impressed … Continued

Clotheslines and Laundry in Italy

Some of my favorite scenes in Italy are those where the laundry is hanging on the line just outside the house. This is a way of life for most people in Italy and the visual really depicts the culture and … Continued

Language Classes, Writing, Note Cards, Travel Planning and More

Lately I have been exerting much of my energy into several projects and really enjoying them. I have started taking a conversational Italian class with Lori, the same teacher from whom I had taken the Italian grammar classes prior to … Continued

Food in Italy

Everyone knows that the food in Italy is wonderful and of course Italians pride themselves on the preparation of the food and using only the freshest ingredients. I had to photograph some of the terrific food I had in Italy. … Continued

Fruits and Vegetables in Italy

I love the sidewalk fruit and vegetable carts so prevalent in Italy and it doesn’t matter if I am in a small village or in a bigger town. Everything is fresh and the people are so happy to sell their … Continued

Rome Continues to Deal with Snow

Today ANSA, the Italian news agency, reports that parts of Rome got up to 20 inches of snow and they are still dealing with the aftermath of high fuel use and closed roads and offices. Although they are expecting things … Continued

Weekend in NYC

I spent this past weekend in NYC and had a great time. I attended the wedding of a good friend and spent the rest of the time visiting my son, his girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law. Naturally we were … Continued

Mammoni – Mamma’s Boys in Italy

Mammoni, Mamma’s boy, is a term applied to single Italian men who are still living at home with their mothers.  Many of these men are professionals with jobs. This is actually a common way of life in Italy, and more … Continued

Courmayeur

June 20 Courmayeur is a ski resort of less that 3000 people near the French and Swiss borders. To arrive here from Geneva, I took a bus to the French border town of Chamonix and from there, a separate small … Continued

Back in Colle d’Anchise – A Better Day

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I am happy to be back in Colle d’Anchise, and especially to be staying at the comfortable La Piana dei Mulini in the countryside. This morning I had breakfast and then met Signor Michele, the owner, who came and sat … Continued

Driving Along the Amalfi Coast

The drive along Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful anywhere, if you are not the one driving. For a few euros you can take a blue SITA bus from one town to the other, and enjoy the … Continued

Caltagirone

Saturday May 21 Before we went to the ceramics shop we drove around Caltagirone and had to see La Scalinetta with its 142 steps of hand-painted ceramics. Since it was May, the steps were decorated with flowers creating a beautiful … Continued

Incredible Carrara

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May 3 It felt so good to be sleeping in a big bed, have room to move around, and a shower not only big enough to turn around in, but made of marble. My hotel is beautiful and quite a … Continued

Chianti and Wine

Today I went on a tour to Chianti and it was an amazing experience, one of my favorite ones so far! My hotel arranged for me to join a small group through www.mytours.it and Marco picked me up at 2:00 … Continued

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