Fabio, a remarkable young Italian!

Last August while vacationing with Mike in Lee Vining, along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierras, I overheard people speaking Italian, and tuned into a couple seated behind me in a deli and a young man trying to introduce himself to them. The couple was from Florence, and were not interested in . . . → Read More: Fabio, a remarkable young Italian!

Back to Spello, to see Robespierre and his family (my “adopted family” in Italia!)

Now that my days in Italy are very few, I am fulfilling promises of return trips and meet-ups, and one promise I would never break was to return to Spello for a visit before I left for home. I got my tickets about a week ago (along with my “Queen for a . . . → Read More: Back to Spello, to see Robespierre and his family (my “adopted family” in Italia!)

Getting to be a ‘short-timer’ here

I had a wild thought, in case all of you have forgotten what I look like. I’m nearing the end of my trip, and will be arriving home in Sacramento in only 4 more days, so I thought I’d send a photo for the person who ends up picking me up at the airport, . . . → Read More: Getting to be a ‘short-timer’ here

Finally, the weather clears and we pick Maurizio’s olives!

After one cancellation the previous weekend due to rain and wet conditions in the olive groves, we got a “green light” from Maurizio, and Anne Boulamakis called me to tell me they were going to pick olives on Sunday, November 9, and I was invited to come along. I had hoped to . . . → Read More: Finally, the weather clears and we pick Maurizio’s olives!

I couldn’t leave Florence with out seeing Vanni!

Last year, when I was in London for 3 months for the Study Abroad program with Sierra College, my roommate (Barbara) and I escaped to Florence to show Barbara’s friend around some of Italy for about nine days. One of the highlights for Barbara and me was to see Vanni, the infant . . . → Read More: I couldn’t leave Florence with out seeing Vanni!

Off to the Cinque Terre to weather the storm

After the wine and food weekend at the Fortezza, I was beginning to feel as if I were coming down with a cold, and the good weather was predicted to be coming to an end. Watching the forecast on the television in my flat, a major storm system was approaching from the . . . → Read More: Off to the Cinque Terre to weather the storm

Storming the Fortezza for wine and food!

On the weekend of October 25 and 26, the deGustiBooks wine and food event was held at an old fortress in the center of Florence, the Fortezza di Basso, and Pat (“the almost-sommelier”), Laura (“from Vicenza,” Cheryl’s friend who lives here) and I made plans to get together and go. Laura arranged . . . → Read More: Storming the Fortezza for wine and food!

Odd bits and pieces from Florence and my front window

I’m kicking around a few images that I wanted to share, but they don’t fit into any category, or any trip away somewhere, or any special designation, therefore I send you this confetti of images whose only common denominator may be that I took all the photos.

I returned from . . . → Read More: Odd bits and pieces from Florence and my front window

Back to Bologna “alla Garibaldina”

Two years ago, on a visit to Lucca with my friends Barbara and Dee, we met two British couples in a restaurant, began a conversation with them (imagine that!) and invited them to join us for a Puccini concert later that evening. When we rushed the opening to get our front row . . . → Read More: Back to Bologna “alla Garibaldina”

An Overview of Cheryl’s Trip–And Her Final Day.

It’s 17 October, and Cheryl has just left for home, after a whirlwind tour to ALL of the places on her wish list, introductions to my friends here in Florence and nearby, lots of great pasta and Italian food specialties (vin santo and cantuccini!), and visits to Laura in Vicenza and Dario . . . → Read More: An Overview of Cheryl’s Trip–And Her Final Day.