March 20, 2016

Coming Home to a Night of Sorrows

We arrived home from Asia just in time for one of my favorite San Miguel de Allende events:  Noche de Dolores/ Night of Sorrows, where everyone commemorates Mary’s mourning.  It’s even more special because it marks the anniversary of the day two years ago that we moved into our apartment above a store on Cielito […]

December 15, 2015

First Stop in Asia: Hong Kong

Hong Kong was the perfect place to begin this four month adventure.  Cosmopolitan, English-speaking and strangely familiar, though not touristy.  Easy to navigate, but interesting. Exactly what we needed after a grueling 23 hour journey from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  It took all five nights there for us to begin to feel human again. […]

August 24, 2015

Skipping the Iconic in Fermo and Ancona, Italy

(FLASHBACK: MAY 1-8) This week in San Miguel de Allende, I’ve been pouring through photos, EBooks and websites, trying to reconstruct how we approached two day-trips in Italy’s Le Marche province. The answers arrived via two “how to travel” articles — the first about skipping iconic “must-sees” and the other about not over-planning — and my Facebook friends’ […]

August 8, 2015

Ascoli Piceno, Italy — Why Go There?

(FLASHBACK: MAY 1-8) “Ascoli Piceno — Why would you want to go there?” That’s what our AIRBNB host Majla in Bagno di Ripoli wanted to know, a bit incredulous that we were skipping Tuscany after just two night’s stay at her small castle outside Florence. It took us a moment to explain. First:  Ascoli Piceno […]

May 27, 2015

Bypassing Florence for Ascoli Piceno

In between Parma and Ascoli Piceno — two places most U.S. travelers to Italy never visit, maybe never even HEAR of — are two you definitely have:  Florence and Tuscany.  From the far away vantage point of our laptops in San Miguel de Allende, we thought “Why not drive via Florence, stay in a castle outside […]

May 14, 2015

Art, Food, and Powerful Women in Parma

(APRIL 27-29, 2015) Parma, Italy — stingy? Dingy? Heartless? A menace? — nothing could be further from the truth about this elegant, fashionable foodie paradise. We’ll have to forgive Cole Porter for maligning Parma in his attempt to rhyme Venice with…anything. Here’s “We Open in Venice”  the 1953 film version of “Kiss Me Kate”, the […]

May 9, 2015

Mantua with the Gonzagas

(April 25, 2015) As we drove our leased Duster from Venice to Cremona to Mantua, all I could think of was the song “We Open in Venice” from Cole Porter and Shakespeare via the Broadway musical “Kiss me Kate”.  Here’s the sanitized Frank Sinatra Rat Pack version  (which maybe you can play in the background […]

May 3, 2015

Trains and Boats and…Cars to Cremona

(APRIL 25, 2015)   While Cremona, Italy may be best known as the birthplace of Stradivari (as in violins) and Montiverdi (as in opera), Tejano I stopped there for its FOOD. Fred Plotkin of  “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler” named Cremona his classic eating town for all of Lombardy and recommended Hosteria 700.   (WARNING: […]

April 30, 2015

Venice with Giulia

Venice — so magical, so unique, and so out of reach with every room booked for the 2015 Biennale, this year’s of contemporary art. If not for my friend Giulia and her new B&B, we would have skipped it entirely.  Lucky for us, she had four nights available just after our arrival in Bologna. We […]

April 20, 2015

Bologna: First Night in Italy

The last time I was here, it was 1990 and I bought a book I never read called “Red Bologna” because the Communists were in power and I was an organizer. This time, I arrive eight hours before Tejano. Just enough time to roam to the Piazza Maggiore, eat tagliatelle with ragu and butcher my […]

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