Castle in Vasto

You’ll find castles in many Italian towns, both large and small, like this Palazzo d’Avolos in Vasto, Abruzzo, once the residence of the marquises of Vasto. Located on a large terrace right along the sea coast. It’s enclosed garden with a beautiful pergola covered in grape vines and benches covered with majolica tiles presents aContinue reading “Castle in Vasto”

Italian Worm Cheese and Culture Shock

We have a saying in Italian. Non c’è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it’s from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn’t live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: “There isContinue reading “Italian Worm Cheese and Culture Shock”

Lost in the Big Apple: Conquering Fear Part 3

City Island, Yankee Stadium, Botanical Gardens, and Little Italy where my husband grew up. Where else but The Bronx?! After overcoming the paralyzing fear I first felt upon moving to New York, I learned to love the city! What a fascinating place to live, with its multitude of shops, languages, and ethnic groups! 

A Tuscan Walkway

Because many, indeed most, Italian towns and cities are ancient, they are full of interesting features. Tunnel walkways, old city walls, narrow little alleys, and surprisingly wide but hidden courtyards. While Italy is a land of many museums, just strolling around Italian towns provides its own cultural and artistic tours, complete with bits of history!Continue reading “A Tuscan Walkway”

Unlocked Doors in the Bronx? Conquering Fear Part 2

Some things we go through stay with us through the years, even if they seemed negative at the time. For when we allow the Lord to work in situations, he can turn anything, even ashes, into something beautiful. Having a fenced yard with a German Shepherd watchdog made me feel safe. So safe that IContinue reading “Unlocked Doors in the Bronx? Conquering Fear Part 2”