Ancient Nomadic Warriors Inspire Designer Luggage

I wish I had a designer suitcase. You know the ones by the likes of Jeremy Hackett that open to reveal the British Union Jack. Or the Jelly Bean trolleys of Japanese designer Hideo Wakamatsu, the Frank Lloyd Wright of luggage design blending form and function with quirky colors that pop the luggage carousel. I … Continue reading Ancient Nomadic Warriors Inspire Designer Luggage

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The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy – Experience Italy to Another Degree

There are many ways to see and savor Italy.  Food itineraries, themed tours, adventure travel but here is a travel guide based on one simple premise - beauty. Not the beauty of a singular painting, architectural monument or design but rather the rare historical beauty of an entire city.  A living portrait that captures a spirit … Continue reading The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy – Experience Italy to Another Degree

A Snack in the Reggio Emilia Style

I've been anxiously awaiting my first harvest of Swiss Chard so I can make a snack from one of my favorite parts of Italy - Emilia Romagna. Known as Spuntino Reggiano (a “snack in the Reggio Emilia style”) it is a good munch or light meal that takes its name from the city of  Reggio Emilia between Parma … Continue reading A Snack in the Reggio Emilia Style

The Scarlet Letter of Italy

Few letters may be as important as the letter A - the first letter of the alphabet, the first vowel, the alpha of omega, the grade we all strive for. Whether emblazoned in literary history as Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter or branded as Apple, Apollo or Abercrombie, the letter A stands out as something special. The evocative … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter of Italy

Monochromatic Medici –the Church and Chapels of San Lorenzo

The Medici were living large from the 13th to the 17th century. This powerful Florentine family produced three popes (Leo X, Clement VII and Leo XI), numerous rulers of Florence (notably Lorenzo the Magnificent, patron of some of the most famous works of Renaissance art) and later members of the French and English royalty. They … Continue reading Monochromatic Medici –the Church and Chapels of San Lorenzo

The Melons of Mantua

Mostarda (mostarda di frutta) is a classic Northern Italian fruit condiment with a healthy kick from mustard.  Not the yellow stuff in the squeeze bottle but fruit preserved in syrup spiced with powdered mustard seed or oil of mustard essence. Sometimes referred to as fruit mustard, the agrodolce flavor of mostarda has been a favorite of … Continue reading The Melons of Mantua

The Holy Trinity of Travel

Rome, Florence, Venice – the iconic itinerary for a trip to Italy. Almost every tour operator suggests one or more of these cities as part of the Grand Tour of European travel.  Rome, the historical godhead. Florence the inspirational daughter and Venice the spiritual muse. Each is distinct; together they are divine. The mysticism and majesty of Rome is … Continue reading The Holy Trinity of Travel