Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reflections on Italy

A month in Italy doesn’t make me an expert, but like any traveller, I departed with certain impressions. Here are my top 10 impressions of my husband’s ancestral homeland. 10. Trains r Us The Italian train system is almost as … Continue reading

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The Pitti Palace

I spent my last full day in Italy touring the Palazzo Pitti, one of the palaces built by the de’ Medici family. In addition to some fabulous art, we have the de’ Medicis to thank for double-entry accounting to track … Continue reading

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The Alps

Sitting in the passenger seat of a tiny car for eight hours driving through the Italian and Austrian Alps is like riding on the Dahlonega Mine Train at Six Flags Over Georgia all day. Well…sort of. Every twist and turn … Continue reading

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Into the Hills

Verona — made famous by the Bard’s ill-fated love story — is warm and welcoming. Or maybe it was just the innkeeper at the lovely B&B, Casa Panvinio, where we stayed who made it so. We rented a car in … Continue reading

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Speed Trap in Venice

Small towns in the South are known for enriching their coffers with speed traps. In Venice, the trap doesn’t involve speeding, but the scam to enrich the city at tourists’ expense is essentially the same. If you’re like me, you’ve … Continue reading

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The Road to Rome

A great flood washed through Florence in 1966 taking the famous Ponte Vecchio, since rebuilt, with it. We survived our own flood yesterday after the pump that sits at the base of our toilet stopped working. Getting a plumber on … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Truffles

Captain Kirk had a real problem with tribbles. There were just too many of them. But the trouble with truffles is there’s just never enough! I love mushrooms, so it’s no surprise that I really like truffles, a subterranean fungi … Continue reading

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