Food, Glorious Food at the Belmont Food Shop

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. — Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story They call it a soft opening. I call it the inside track. At least that’s what I’ve got […]

Oops . . . She Did it Again!

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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Dream of Italy’s Umbria Harvest Week is a wonderful introduction to the food, the wine and the craft of Umbrian living. I could have used another week because I wanted to keep going. Grazie a Kathy e tutti! — Linda Dini Jenkins Yep. That’s what I said about it on the evaluation form. And she’s […]

Next Year in Paradise

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

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For all sad words of tongue or pen/The saddest are these, “It might have been!” — John Greenleaf Whittier Alas . . . not enough writers or Italophiles signed up for the Verona Word/Play extravaganza planned for this coming May and, as yesterday was the registration deadline, I am forced to cancel it. But you […]

An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | Category: Travel Writing

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“Like a cross between The DaVinci Code and Life of Brian . . .” — The New York Times Strange as it seems to my friends in the local Italian club, I am a Protestant. My parents met when my father crashed a Presbyterian church dance. He, a pure-blooded Italian of 14, met my mother, […]