Why Sulmona?

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

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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

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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

Snowbound!

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

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  “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

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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

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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

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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 […]

California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Dean’s California  — wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors. — Jack Kerouac   I went to California last Wednesday, in something of a time warp. A delightful time warp spanning the […]

Why Not Paris?

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. — Thomas Jefferson   It may surprise people who know me, and who know how much I adore Italy and how frankly miserable I am when I’m not in Italy, that my very favorite city is not on the […]

Mohonk (and More) on the Hudson

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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I have an unusual relationship with the Hudson River Valley. As an adult living in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Hudson River formed the ever-present Western border of Manhattan. But even as a child living in the outskirts of New York City, the Hudson was still a presence. When life handed […]

Umbria 2014: Food, Wine and Words — Andiamo!

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories

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It’s Finally Here! Umbria: Food, Wine and Words Eat, drink and find your voice in the green heart of Italy May 23 – May 31 or May 30 – June 7, 2014 Join acclaimed travel writer and blogger Linda Dini Jenkins (that’s me!) for a week-long adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s […]