Diving Back into Italy!

Well, after 19 months away, I landed on Italian soil this morning. I must admit I wasn’t really looking forward to this trip because I’ve...

A Meet-up, a Memory, and Two Epiphanies

It's a kick to meet expats and hear about their towns and experiences. I'd found Mark, a transplant from Seattle only two years ago, in...

Lend me your ears.

Well, friends, Romans, and others who get the idea... I’ve shamefully neglected this blog for weeks, in part because I’ve been low on...

Strangers on Trains

“Is there a train called an expresso here?,” the American 20-something shouted at the woman behind the ticket window at the Santa Lucia...

Genoa: Two Tales of One City

The first and only time I visited Genoa prior to my stop there a few weeks ago, I had the distinct impression of a sinister city;...

Venice: Chiaroscuro and Color

When I rolled into Venice Tuesday evening, so did the fog. The moody atmosphere it created seemed just right for photographing the Bridge...

Christmastime in Rome

The Nativity Scene There’s no place like Rome for a nativity scene, called in Italian a presepio or presepe. Both terms are correct,...

A Venice state of mind

“…For I think there can be nothing else in the world so full of glittering and exquisite surprise as that first glimpse of Venice which...

Have a good trip? I probably will.

I’ll be going to Italy for several weeks right after Christmas. I’ll fly into Rome and spend a few days there and continue on to Genoa...

Bologna bulletin

If you happen to be in Bologna in early 2019, you might want to look into this: Word on the street is that Abruzzese painter Gigino...

Deviled Bologna

Check out this image! This is the shadow thrown by the statue of Neptune built to represent Pope Pius IV in Bologna’s Piazza del Nettuno....