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puppet show in salerno, italy

Moving Pictures – Salerno, Italy

 Italy   Apr 19, 2017    By

Afraid of clowns? You and many other people. Coulrophobics (yes that’s a real word) everywhere watched the recent trailer for ‘IT’ and collectively quivered. I can’t laugh at this phobia, as I have a similar one for puppets, which makes me a pupaphobe…again, a real word. Pinocchio freaked me out as a kid, and watching […]

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italian restaurant in montemarano, italy

Antico Casale – An Italian Hidden Gem For Foodies

 Italy,restaurant   Apr 12, 2017    By

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” – Kurt Vonnegut So here I am talking about food. This isn’t so much a restaurant review as it is a love letter. Nestled in the hills […]

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the beautiful small town of castelmezzano, italy

Put Castelmezzano, Italy On Your Small Town Bucket List!

 destinations,Italy   Apr 6, 2017    By

Last summer I wrote about my favorite European small towns, and if I did that article today Castelmezzano would definitely make the cut. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will start by posting day and night shots. Yeah…it’s really that nice. I love surreal views like this, where you get […]

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great view in gesualdo, italy

Carlo Gesualdo – The Mad Musician of Italy

 destinations,Italy   Mar 23, 2017    By

“I die, alas, in my suffering, And she who could give me life, Alas, kills me and will not help me. O sorrowful fate, She who could give me life, Alas, gives me death.” -Moro, lasso, al mio duolo (1613) Those words of Carlo Gesualdo are ironic when considering his personal story. He came from […]

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brothel in pompeii, italy

Why the Pompeii Ruins are a Must See Attraction

 history,Italy   Mar 9, 2017    By

“You ask me to write you something about the death of my uncle…he perished in a devastation of the loveliest of lands.” This is a quote by Pliny the Younger, his uncle was Pliny the Elder…what amazingly simple names. He wrote two letters to his friend who was a historian, documenting the eruption of Mount […]

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sunset in anagni, italy

Why the Medieval Italian Town of Anagni is Worth Your Time

 destinations,Italy   Mar 2, 2017    By

Few attractions line the road from Naples to Rome. There is a palace here, an abbey over there, and then a series of nondescript towns that feed the ‘don’t visit anything south of Rome’ stereotype. I’m glad I didn’t fall for this, because then I wouldn’t have found Anagni. So…why visit Anagni? The papal history […]

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Celebrate the New Year in Ferrara, Italy

 destinations,Italy   Feb 22, 2017    By

Fireworks have never been my favorite thing. In fact, the words disappointment and anxiety best sum up my emotions on the subject. I left Barcelona unimpressed by their famous New Years show, which wasn’t all that different from the less hyped version I saw in Estonia the following year. More memorable are the large number […]

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