Tag Archives: Italy

ARRIVEDERCI EUROPE

It’s been an absorbing and revitalizing two months. I apologize for the silence and beg your forgiveness. No excuses, simply cocooning. November in Sicily was spectacular. The island is like a country all its own. I liken Sicily to an … Continue reading

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VENDEMMIA ITALIAN STYLE

It’s Vendemmia (grape harvesting) weekend in the garden where I’m staying in Florence. It’s been a buzz of work for those who actually work, they’ve been prepping all week for the Sunday harvest. All the tools used to pick, collect, … Continue reading

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BLOND BE GONE

After 40 days walking the Camino and 90 days in the intense Barcelona sun, my hair absolved itself of all responsibility of the past, forfeiting the old for a lifeless shade of strawberry blonde. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing … Continue reading

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FINDING MY STRIDE

Florence is the city where my heart resides…. I’ve loved the past few days following the rhythm of this place. The cobbled streets, the buildings, people and the road to my apartment along Via de Palmerino. I’m staying in an apartment … Continue reading

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I LOVE ITALY

This time tomorrow, I’ll be in Florence, Italy. The beauty, culture and romance of the city where my heart resides. One month within her welcoming walls to work-work-work on editing my book. I’ll be staying at the writers residence I … Continue reading

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SOUL RESISTANCE-WalkWithMe

My WalkWithMe journey has morphed into a 12 month rendezvous with Gratitude and walking. As you can imagine, I have more than enough to keep me in a frenzied state: Endless lists and suggestions on what to take, what to leave, … Continue reading

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DRINKING BEFORE LUNCH

The fizz of chilled Prosecco as it sparkles its way to the rim of our champagne flutes, a fitting tribute to the turn of events that gave way to drinking before lunch: …Gyorgyi and I are on one of our … Continue reading

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THINK POSITIVE MOM!!!

The Power of Positive Thinking…. A lovely place to reside IF you can pinpoint the exact place to go in your mind AND then remain in that happy place until you reach your intended goal.  Not an easy task for … Continue reading

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…

I believe the moment you allow someone into your life, they leave an impression on your world, be it positive or negative… it’s YOUR prerogative, how that impact is felt in your life. I possess a deep affection for Italy, … Continue reading

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WAS THAT “ALESSANDRO” or “RICCARDO”??

I decide that today is the day for spring cleaning and organizing.   I have several projects on my agenda.  One of these is disinfecting & reupholstering the seven mismatched kitchen chairs (some rescued from the sidewalk) with fabric remnants … Continue reading

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EVERYONE SMILES IN THE SAME LANGUAGE

It’s been a busy few weeks… below, the condensed version of my life of late: #1) I move to my own apartment, it’s just one block from the river.  In 10-minutes-flat, I unpack everything I own.  The apartment is furnished … Continue reading

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RESUME FOR A “FIRST DATE”

Recall if you will the cab driver whom I made that desperate phone call to at three in the morning in my story of  I GET OUT OF THE CAB?  His name is Antonio and I feel a sense of obligation … Continue reading

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY

My Calgary friend and wine guru, Geoff Last, is visiting Italy on business.  He’s invited me to join him this evening for a glass of wine at one of Florence’s top ranking restaurants Buca Lapi.   Geoff and his colleague Steve … Continue reading

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DREAMS, GIFTS & MEMORIES

The vision that kept me focused on turning my dream 0f living in Italy, into a reality, was the image of myself, gazing out over the hills of Tuscany, at the break of dawn, on my 49th Birthday.  I initially had doubts that … Continue reading

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MY FIRST DAY IN TUSCANY

Monday-January 18th…. My eyes open in London, at 6:15, to the sound of John Bailie, gently knocking at my door. He has offered to accompany me to the train that will take me to Heathrow, where I’ll be whisked away … Continue reading

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