Happy Anniversary, Cucina Abruzzese!

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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It was one year ago this month . . . First, a huge box arrived. It took two of us to drag it into the kitchen. Like the “important award” box in A Christmas Story, the box said in bold letters: FRAGILE. Only this box really was from Italy. Inside was a cornucopia of all […]

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On the Road Island Diner

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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In Utah: Behind the Zion Curtain — (I can’t take credit)   I apologize for the radio silence. January was a trying month. Some friends rented our places in Sulmona to avoid being in the USofA to witness the events of January 20th and we treated them to an earthquake, a massive snowstorm and a […]

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Finding My Words

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all. — Charles Bukowski   It might seem strange to say that I have writer’s block when, for the first time in my life, I am in the middle of two manuscripts. One is a collection of poetry from my travels around Southern Italy; […]

Aged to Perfection: The Wines of Antica Casa Vitivinicola Italo Pietrantonj

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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  I like on the table,/when we’re speaking, the light of a bottle/of intelligent wine. — Pablo Neruda   If you’ve been to our house in the last three years, chances are you’ve had a glass of wine or two from the Abruzzese winery called Pietrantonj. Because three years ago is when we discovered we […]

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Off-the-Beaten-Track Italy

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. . .  Italy is the […]

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