Gem in the Veneto: Montagnana

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be. — Douglas Adams I can’t remember how we happened upon Montagnana, exactly. Seven years ago, in 2003, Tim and I were taking a break from our larger group of eight, and he and I […]

The Art of Travel Poetry

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | Category: Travel Writing


“. . . if you can’t pull forth the riches of a place, don’t blame the place, blame yourself, because it is you who are not rich enough to pull them . . .” — Rilke Tough words, especially for travel writers. We’re supposed to be so observant, so adept at translating our experiences and […]

Guest Blog Feature: La Tavola Marche

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | Category: Travel Tips


I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. — Maya Angelou I have not been to Le Marche, that region in central Italy that is bordered by Tuscany and Umbria on one side and the Adriatic on the other, but I have been reading about it in a […]

Writing Away

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Category: Travel Writing


My memory is certainly in my hands. I can remember things only if I have a pencil and I write with it and I can play with it. I think my hand concentrates for me. I don’t know why it should be so. — Dame Rebecca West People give me books. Books about Italy, books […]

Food, Glorious Food

Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing


The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. – Rudyard Kipling It’s happened to Tim twice — once in Paris and once in Crete. Following his nose through the town, street by street, smell by smell, until he located the source. Dinner? Garlic, always.  Large quantities of rosemary. A little lamb. […]