Food, Glorious Food at the Belmont Food Shop

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


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


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


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


“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, […]