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Pod Houses and Precious Pigs

June 10, 2017

pod päd/ noun …. 2. 2. a detachable or self-contained unit on an aircraft, spacecraft, vehicle, or vessel, having a particular function. “the torpedo’s sensor pod contains a television camera” Imagine yourself immersed in the Italian countryside. Your abode is a 1,000 sq. ft mini-dome -– a pod. Simply furnished…

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It Really Was Amazing

June 23, 2016

IT REALLY WAS AMAZING – Guest Blog from Helen Desai. Helen is an accomplished photographer and, as you can see, a delightfully engaging writer. We loved how her photos captured the essence of our experiences during those few days together…. Having returned from Italy just a few weeks ago, I…

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Elegant Turin and Italy’s Piedmont Region

January 14, 2016

I just read an enticing article in the New York Times travel section: 52 Places to Go in 2016 So, the Times backs me in directing some of my custom clients to this exciting destination: Turin, or Italian Torino. This is no longer just the home of the Fiat Factory;…

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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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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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The Three V’s: Vermentino, Vernaccia and Verdicchio

June 15, 2015

Just back from western Tuscany, where I had the chance once again to taste some delicious, if lesser known, Italian white wines. The hardest to find here in the US is Vermentino, known in France as “rolle”. The grape is widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region, where it’s known as…

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