Pane e Formaggio

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“I don’t need a therapist,  just a good travel agent”  – Girlgi.com We return to Agriturismo Saverno in central Tuscany for our ninth visit in ten years. Above Vaggio, an anonymous rural hamlet, we wind our way to hilltop vineyards … Continue reading

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In The Papa’s ‘hood

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome.”    -Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy; 2014-2016   We arrive at the Eternal City, under California-blue skies and … Continue reading

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In The Emperor’s ‘hood

“It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience.”                … Continue reading

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Tamber Bey

“We wanted to raise the art of living well.”    – Robert Mondavi A glorious June weekend at the the home of Barry and Jennifer Waitte in Yountville, CA, and their Tamber Bey Winery in Napa Valley’s northern reach at Calistoga. Vineyards. Pampered, praised, … Continue reading

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Plus ça change….

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”      – French proverb Paris – Les Awards Newest pan-gender fashion trend: Male or female – doesn’t seem to matter, just throw a skirt over a pair of pants and sashay … Continue reading

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News from the Mews

“I have nothing to say, and I am saying it.” -John Cage What’s changed since you were in London? Hipsters everywhere. Hipsters on bikes everywhere. High quality food and food chains everywhere. Construction everywhere. The official urban bird is the … Continue reading

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‘Ich bin ein Berliner!

  “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ – John F. Kennedy   Berlin, devastated by Allied bombs, punished by … Continue reading

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Budapest – The Liszt

If you come from Paris to Budapest, you think you are in Moscow; If you go from Moscow to Budapest, you think you are in Paris. -Gyorgy Ligeti Albert’s salon. 36 tulips in our bedroom. “Heidi” chocolate from Romania. Szechenyi … Continue reading

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Wien’s Artful Dodgers

“A representational photograph says, ‘this is what Vienna looked like.’ An interpretational photograph goes one better and says, ‘this is what Vienna was like. This is how I felt about it’.” – David DuChemin   High drama at the Spanish … Continue reading

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Copping a latitude

“Traveling…leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta Desperate to return our Lancia before the 3-day Easter shutdown, we race to the tiny car rental outpost at the Bolzano Airport and discover it shuttered. Perplexed once … Continue reading

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