An Italian Vocabulary for the Games at Sochi

The  XXll Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to open in Sochi Russia on February 7, 2014. The main events are scheduled at the Sochi Olympic Park on the coast of the Black Sea and the ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana in the Western Caucasus. Italy will send 113 athletes to compete in ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, … Continue reading An Italian Vocabulary for the Games at Sochi


She’s Got a Ticket to Ride

I've been traveling to Italy once or twice a year for the last 15 years on business and pleasure. That means I've spent a fair amount of time on various airline booking sites trying to find the best fare. Independent travelers like me often feel that finding the best (and I'll explain my idea of … Continue reading She’s Got a Ticket to Ride

Slicing Through Italy

Butcher W.A.Van Berkel began producing meat slicing machines in the late 1800’s in Holland. The quality and innovation of his design quickly differentiated him from his competitors. The concave blade and machine movement allowed a more precise cut especially favored by European meat markets. The proper slicing of salumi and salami in Italy is both an … Continue reading Slicing Through Italy

Hungry in the Middle of the Night

What would you do if you were hungry and woke up in a luxury hotel, in a foreign city, in the middle of the night? That’s the question the ad men at San Pellegrino pose in their TV You Tube featuring Italian actor Pierfranceso Favino called Live in Italian – Practice the Art of Fine … Continue reading Hungry in the Middle of the Night

The Wise Men of Ravenna

Traditionally on January 6th, the Three Wise men or Magi visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna an early 6th century Byzantine style mosaic pictures their arrival from the East in stunning, exotic colors and intricate costumes. One of the main reasons for … Continue reading The Wise Men of Ravenna