Travel – Italy

A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

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There are many things to love about skiing.  There is the exhilaration of gliding down a snowy mountain at speed; or the sheer magic of being the first person at the top of a lift in the early morning, and then skiing down the crisp corduroy of freshly pisted snow as the golden rays of […]

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Fabulous Ferrara – Italian UNESCO district Part 2

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It’s always interesting to look back after a visit and try to recall your first impressions of a city.  My first impression of London was of a hot summer’s day and a teenager’s love for the tremendous buzz of Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon.  My first impression of Nice was of a maniacal taxi […]

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Saturday Snapshots #222

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  Memories of Mantua – September 2012

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Bologna, city of jazz and tortellini – Italian UNESCO district Part 1

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Up until a few weeks ago, my principal experience of Bologna was rushing through the airport en route to the tiny village of Zibello where my sister-in-law is from. Little did I know that Bologna is a city of many faces and many names: “the fat one” (la grassa) in reference to its meat and cheese-heavy cuisine; “the learned one” (la dotta) in reference to its famous university; or “the red one” (la rossa), originally referring to the colour of the roofs in the historic centre, but later also connected to the city’s status as a bastion of socialism and communism after World War II.

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Saturday Snapshots #213

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  Sunset on the Adige River – Rovigo, Italy, September 2012

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Saturday Snapshots #169

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Gatto Toscano – Italy, October 2011

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Plate to Page – a Tuscan tale

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  We all the know the formula, right?  Big house in the middle of nowhere.  Bunch of diverse people from all over the place who sign up to live there together for a while.  Strangers sharing living quarters, cooking together, eating together.  Cameras absolutely everywhere throughout the house.  Mentors available for a chat 24/7.   Strange and sometimes […]

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