New York City and a Blizzard Named Jonas

Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing, Uncategorized

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  The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches —  e.e.cummings   I came to New York for a writing and theater weekend and got a blizzard named Jonas instead. The writing went pretty well, actually, but Broadway was shut down Saturday night, along with the tunnels, the subways and buses, the airports and then George Washington Bridge. If you wanted to get here you couldn’t and if you were here and wanted to get out, you’d better find a friend or a hotel room. I’d gotten a great deal on my favorite little hotel in New York, so I was well taken care of. And right across the street is one of my favorite places to eat. I am sitting at a table there as I begin to write this. I have been coming here to the Café Un Deux Trois since the 1970s when I lived another life in the advertising business. Few things have changed except that there is a still little shot glass holding crayons […]

Tags: Broadway, Cafe Un Deux Trois, Circle in the Square, Fun Home, Hotel Mela, New York City, Osteria al Doge, Times Square

Italy Bucket List

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. —Giada De Laurentis  Hah! — LD Jenkins   ‘Tis the season of distress. Too much to do, too many people wanting a piece of your time, and this damned upcoming holiday week, […]

An East Hampton State of Mind

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

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]