Niccone Valley and Hill Towns of Umbria

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi After a maddening hour spent at the car rental counter in Rome’s Termini Station observing the tragicomic, yet friendly, staff bedeviled by the limitations of IT firmly … Continue reading

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Roma a Sconto

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When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome. – Miguel de Cervantes Rosa Maria, host for our stay in Rome, graciously awaits our hired car in front of 19 Viale delle Mura Aurelie. For the next 4 … Continue reading

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Awakening with the Rising Sun

“Japan never considers time together as time wasted. Rather, it is time invested.” ― Donald Richie, A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan Our annual New Year’s pilgrimage in support of our Japanese business partner, consultants … Continue reading

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Land of Enchantment

“I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees… Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad”           – Geronimo Determined to plan a new diversion, we place pins … Continue reading

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“Let them eat cake…”

“How can anyone govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”                  Charles de Gaulle   The travails of intra-European mood-busting air travel are behind us. Our Easyjet flight … Continue reading

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East Side Story

The Austro-Hungarian Empire was one of the world’s great powers from 1861-1918, the second largest country in Europe. Today, Vienna and Budapest remain as bookends to the Habsburg legacy. Arriving from the Danube’s tranquil banks in Durnstein, imposing Vienna evokes a formality … Continue reading

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Seeking Privat Zimmer

I love Austrian food. There, I said it! Not just sophisticated saddle of lamb, or pan-seared fresh trout. I am talking about wurst mit sauerkraut, fried and breaded chicken with potato and cucumber salad, and wienersnitchel or chicken “cordon blue” … Continue reading

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… più bella?

Ah… how fickle we travelers can be, always making oaths as to the prettiest, most beautiful, most entrancing destination that captures our spirit. Only a fool would commend such an impression to others, acquired in the momentary embrace of some … Continue reading

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All in the Famiglia

“This is a crazie family” Davide, our hard working host, jokes as his tiny poodle runs amok barking like a windup toy on steroids. Agriturismo Savernano is our comfortable base for day-tripping throughout Tuscany. We have returned again to this highly-praised working … Continue reading

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A Walk with Tartufo

We call him Tartufo, an Italian word with a whimsical and nonsensical tone and, as our host Bruno at Agriturismo Preggio pointed out, his nose is black and shaped like the wild and elusive fungi that populate the Umbrian forests. … Continue reading

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