Extraordinary pleasure of simple things

‘Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.’   — David Bowie Scene I “You have committed a criminal act!” With that condemnation, our accuser and judge, a plainclothes DB Bahnhof fare inspector, wearing “Brooklyn” emblazoned sweatshirt, puffy vest, “Chicago … Continue reading

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Driving to Distraction…

“A Chinese poet many centuries ago noticed that to re-create something in words is like being alive twice. ”                      ― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun The sheer terror of … Continue reading

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Rome Reigns

“A fool is one who admires other cities without visiting Rome.”    – Francesco Petrarca Perhaps it’s the wet, wintery Spring, or a tumultuous Italian political climate: Rome welcomes us refreshingly cleansed of the crush of wanton tourism. We arrive … Continue reading

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New Mexico Rain

“…and if I ain’t happy here, then I ain’t happy nowhere     New Mexico rain, when my mind starts to roam.”                             -Micheal Hearn, Taos cowboy singer … Continue reading

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Hot Town, Summer in the City

Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city Cool town, evening in the city Dressing so fine and looking … Continue reading

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Why, Oh Why, Do I Love Paris?

“And when I’m returning from so far away She gives me some sweet lovin’ t’ brighten up my day Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me feel whole Yes it makes me mellow down into my soul I … Continue reading

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Low-Down from High Street

“London calling, yes, I was there, too An’ you know what they said?  Well, some of it was true! London calling at the top of the dial And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?”   – The … Continue reading

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Berliner Diary

“Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.” -Hiroshi Motomura, US Law professor, 2004 Europe is a connected network of low-cost, no-frills airlines: a triumph … Continue reading

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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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