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Off to Italy!

September 19, 2015

This time of year is always hectic for our family. The kids are adjusting to new challenges at school. The volunteering for all kinds of things begins. And I always head to Italy. Next week, in fact. Here are some of the experiences awaiting me during the 15 days I’ll…

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Tuscan Comfort Food

August 15, 2015

My birthday is Ferragosto, August 15 — Italy’s biggest summer holiday. The country practically shuts down, and everyone heads to the beach, the mountains, or the countryside. I think of what I might be eating today, were I sitting in the rolling hills of Tuscany, for example. The meal would…

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Mantova: Italy’s Sleeping Beauty City

August 7, 2015

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been; travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux I’m fascinated by Italian towns that are under the radar of most tourists. Mantova (English: Mantua) is one such place. This is “Italy’s Sleeping Beauty City” – in Italian, “la bella addormentata”. Mantova is a city…

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Packing Tips for International Travel

July 23, 2015

Why not grab the fridge, too? After years and years, the last-minute struggle of sitting on my suitcase and jamming that extra toothbrush in has become second nature to me. We all strive to pack “light and right”, but in the end very few have the ability to do it….

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Slovenia’s Laid Back Capital: Ljubljana

July 10, 2015

For six years my husband and I made our home only an hour from the border, and two hours from the capital, of Slovenia. This tiny country offers gently rolling hills and lush valleys, tucked between Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and Italy to the west. Barely…

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An Italian Wine Blog That’s Worth the Time

July 1, 2015

Continuing on the theme of Italian wine from two weeks ago, I’ve been reminiscing about a brief stay on Lake Maggiore a few years back when I discovered some interesting wines. Gattinara and to a lesser extent Ghemme, products of the fickle Nebbiolo grape grown in the relatively chilly environment…

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