An East Hampton State of Mind

Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Tips


 And when my spirit wants no stimulus or nourishment save music, I know it is to be sought in cemeteries: the musicians hide in the tombs; from grave to grave flute trills, harp chords answer one another.  ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities    My birthday happened to fall on the weekend that just past and we wanted […]

Tags: cemetery, Hamptons, Pollack

The 2015 Sweet Sulmona Tour: See what you’re missing?

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Uncategorized


History, food, architecture, more food and cooking in the green heart of Europe September 25 – October 4, 2015 It’s too late to join me on this small group adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. But we’ll be going again in 2016. Hope you can come! Meanwhile, here’s what this […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Sulmona, travel

There’s No Place Like Home Away From Home

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Italy will always have the best food. — Diane von Furstenberg It started out so simply: Get a few friends together and talk about Abruzzo. Let’s show them pictures of our apartment in Sulmona. And then let’s wow them with some food and wine from the region. Before you could say benvenuto, Vicky and I had […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Italy, Sulmona

Campo PG 78

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing


There was never a good war, or a bad peace. — Benjamin Franklin   It was raining the day we went to visit Campo PG 78. The PG stands for prigioneri di guerra, prisoners of war. We were told that students from the liceo (high school) would be helping to lead the tour and that […]

Why Sulmona?

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery,  back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness. — D.H. Lawrence   We get asked that a lot — both […]

Will Fly for Cheese

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures. — M.F.K. Fisher   I’m off to bella italia soon and one of the things I’ve been thinking about — especially since I just wrote a guest blog post about Sulmona and food for L’Esperta […]

Tags: Abruzzo, confetti, food, Italy, Sulmona


Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories


  “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” — Carl Reiner   Sometimes travel is difficult. Like in New England over the past two weeks. Two or three days of snow, followed by a clear day or two when everybody goes out to do what needs […]

Adventures in #Italy

Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories


You may have the universe if I may have italy. — Guiseppe Verdi   The time is near. Tim and I and our friends, Louis and Victoria (and their daughter, Ana, who probably thinks her parents and their friends are nuts), are about to depart for JFK, then Fiumicino, then hop on the Pronto bus […]

Perfect Summer Days/Memories of #Italy

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories


Ed. note: We’ve been having a lot of them lately here in New England. Reminds me of a perfect day in Italy not so long ago . . .   Abbondanza   We sit at the kitchen table in the morning Drinking the juice of mangoes and blood oranges Eating creamy yogurt out of chipped […]

Tags: Italy

House Hunters International Not: Our Adventure in #Sulmona

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


Sulmo Mihi Patria Est. — Ovid, some time after 43 BC OMG — we bought a place in Italy! — The four of us, May 2014     First, Hannibal devastated the region around Sulmona, a tidy historical community of some 20,000+ residents tucked into the center of Italy’s Abruzzo region. That was back in […]