Italy: Here I Go Again!

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Category: Travel Tips

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I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians. – Elton John  A good friend of mine has traveled to Italy with me a lot. A few years ago, when she announced to her co-workers […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Italy, Rome, slow food, Sulmona, travel

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, […]

Roma & Sulmona. And Only Four Spaces Left!

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips

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Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much. — Sir Walter Scott Ciao a tutti!   Some of you have indicated an interest in joining me and Tim for our next tour of Italy. I’m still working out some of the details, but I […]

Arrivederci, Abruzzo!

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life – Anna Akhmatova   Well, you missed a great trip! Thanks to everybody who helped make this one a smash: Novelia, Vittoria, Amalia and Nonna Aida, Katy and Susanna, Antonella and all the Santacroce family, our guides Danilo and Francesco, restaurant pros […]

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

Audacious!

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015 | Category: Salem Stories, Travel Tips

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This amazing collection shows the dynamic nature of contemporary wood art. The pieces are at times difficult to reconcile with our expectations about the look and feel of wood. — Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art   Forget everything you think you know about wood turning and what “art […]

The 2015 Sweet Sulmona Tour!

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips

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    It’s Finally Here!  History, food, architecture, more food and cooking in the green heart of Europe July 10 – 19, 2015   Join acclaimed travel writer and blogger Linda Dini Jenkins for a small group adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Linda is the author of Up […]

Tags: Abruzzo, cooking class, food, Italy, Sulmona, Tour, wine

For Rent: A little bit of heaven in Sulmona, Italy

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips

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Forte e gentile (strong and gentle). — Primo Levi, naming both the rugged landscape and the warm hearts of the Abruzzese people   If you can’t come to Abruzzo on one of our Travel the Write Way tours, maybe you’d like to venture into Sulmona, in the heart of Abruzzo, on your own. We’re happy […]

Tags: apartment, Italy, rental, Sulmona