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Farinata

Farinata

January 06, 2009

Farinata could be described a sort of dense savory pancake; or maybe as a thin chick pea pizza crust; or maybe as a heavy, thick tortilla.  In any case it's a batter of chick pea flour with water and olive oil,…

Parking for Women

Parking for Women

December 23, 2008

I took this photo in a parking garage in Turin. The sign translates as: Parking Spot Reserved for Women I had a couple different reactions to this sign: on one hand, I was grateful, because the spot was wider than…

Eataly, Turin

Eataly, Turin

November 25, 2008

Eataly, as the name suggests, is about eating in Italy. So I'm dedicating an entire post to it. Eataly was built during the major overhaul done in Turin to prepare for the 2006 winter Olympic Games, and is basically a gourmet grocery store offering all…

What to see in Bologna

What to see in Bologna

November 10, 2008

What to see and do in Bologna? Easy: Walk. Eat. Walk. Eat. Walk. Eat. That pretty much sums up what I like to do in Bologna.   Why I love walking in Bologna Bologna is a mid-sized city, so it’s easy…

Sirmione, Lake Garda

Sirmione, Lake Garda

November 05, 2008

day or so visiting Sirmione, a picturesque town at the end of a peninsula which juts a couple miles into Lake Garda.  Soak up the lake and mountain scenery (see photo) or book a spa treatment using local thermal waters piped up from the spring at the…

Two Days in Milan

Two Days in Milan

October 16, 2008

Having lived in Milan (via San Maurilio) about 4 years, I have many ideas on what to do in Milan. If this city were transplanted in North America, I’d say it’s a city so rich with culture and with so…

Visiting the Cinque Terre

Visiting the Cinque Terre

October 13, 2008

  Picture this:  You’re walking along a narrow dirt and rock trail several hundred feet above the blue, blue Mediterranean sea. You are surrounded by fig, lemon, and olive trees, flower gardens and vineyards. Several hundred feet up the slope is the road where, yes, there…

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

Valley of the Temples, Sicily

October 06, 2008

You’ll swear you’ve been unknowingly teleported to Greece when you see the ancient Valley of the temples in Agrigento, Sicily.       The outdoor archaeological park Valley of the Temples, or Valle dei Templi, has 7 spectacular Greek temples from the 6th and…

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

October 01, 2008

Even if you had no idea what to see in San Gimignano Italy, you’d immediately notice its unique skyline. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this walled Tuscan city was founded by the Etruscans and then became prosperous in the middle ages…

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