June 11, my first day in Spello for the Infiorata

I’ve been back from Spello and the Infiorata for three days, and I hardly know where to begin with the story of five extraordinary days. I got back on Monday, and each time I slowed down on Tuesday I fell asleep. After four nights of virtually no sleep at all in Spello, . . . → Read More: June 11, my first day in Spello for the Infiorata

To Arezzo for the “Fiera Antiquaria”

One of my favorite attractions here in Italy for the last several years has been the Arezzo “Fiera Antiquaria” held on the first Sunday (and the preceding Saturday) of each month, one of the largest regular gatherings of antique vendors in Italy. Nearly 500 vendors are there, lining the streets of the . . . → Read More: To Arezzo for the “Fiera Antiquaria”

An introduction to my new “neighborhood”

This may just be the perfect time to sit down and write another blog: the TV was on BBC (Doha Debates about the ability of Moslem women to marry, or not marry, the husbands chosen for them), the washer was just beginning the laundry cycle, and the coffee maker was dripping my . . . → Read More: An introduction to my new “neighborhood”

Visiting a new friend in the Cinque Terre

I got a phone call from Pall Forloney, the fellow Cheryl and I met last October in Riomaggiore when we were out on the deck of Pia di Ma having the beers celebrating the end of our hiking in the Cinque Terre—and Pall invited me to Riomaggiore with my camera to photograph . . . → Read More: Visiting a new friend in the Cinque Terre

Testing a new camera lens in Florence

Since the last blog, I’ve been here at the flat, catching up on laundry, housework, cooking and e-mail. I’ve figured out most of the curves thrown at me—that I need to unplug the wireless router when I cannot get to my e-mail (just for a minute!), that I have to turn on . . . → Read More: Testing a new camera lens in Florence

Memorial Day weekend with “Laura from Vicenza”

Friday was a “blog day,” preparing the photos and posting the Rome blog about the “Race for the Cure,” and also the Giro di Italia bike race ended a time trial here in the morning, with a huge health fair in Cascine Park at the end of the race stage. Laura Hollis . . . → Read More: Memorial Day weekend with “Laura from Vicenza”

Overnight to See Friends in Spello (in Umbria)

I’m behind on getting a new blog posted, mostly due to hosting “Laura from Vicenza” here for the Memorial Day weekend. With company here, I have been spending time with Laura visiting places she has not seen here, and then we talk and spend time together—so no writing, no photos, no blog. . . . → Read More: Overnight to See Friends in Spello (in Umbria)

To Roma with Laura for the “Race for the Cure”

It ONCE was true that “all roads lead to Rome,” and my very first adventure out was a trip to Rome to work at and participate in the Komen Italia “Race for the Cure,” a fundraiser for breast cancer research and an opportunity to promote mammograms and early screening. For starters, I . . . → Read More: To Roma with Laura for the “Race for the Cure”

I Still Cannot Believe My Good Fortune!

I almost cannot believe my good fortune to be back in Italy, again, seeing old friends and visiting my favorite places in the city. Florence is like a second home to me now, with people waiting to welcome me from several years of collecting new acquaintances.

I hardly know where to begin with . . . → Read More: I Still Cannot Believe My Good Fortune!