• high above a stormy sea
    high above a stormy sea
  • Liam at the hobbit gate
    Liam at the hobbit gate
  • the path narrows
    the path narrows

Entries from Tellaro and Vailate, Italy

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Bergamo

On our last day with the cousins we visited the town of Bergamo on the southern slopes of the Alps. Here we visited a church in honor of a warrior with three testicles (yes, you read right); we climbe

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Visit with the cousins

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Cugini

I admit it. I find great pleasure in having Italian cousins. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be special. Maybe because I was the last of 6 children, I longed for undivided attention. But I was al

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A day in Milan

Franco and Andrea escorted us to Milan for a day of the Duomo, of the opera house, of churches with skeleton decorations, of enormous gelatos, of chocolate shoes, of high fashion, and of a strange wom

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My bicycle ride with Sophia Loren

I have a dream.   And that dream is to ride a bicycle through the streets of Italy alongside Rosanna, the 78-year-old aunt of Franco and Lino. She calls me “Richard Gere,” her kisses linger o

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Our Italian dinner

How long are your Sunday dinners? What time do you begin, when do you end, how many people are around the table?   For us in Franco’s home it’s been a three-hour affair on this Sunday afterno

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The leaving

We missed our bus from Tellaro. The schedule says 10:45am, and yet it arrived and left nowhere near that time. Liquid Italy: the down side.   Well, that gives me a few unexpected minutes to jot d

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The concert

It is nearly 8am and no one is awake. Take that back: the dog that chews plastic bottles and takes a dump in the middle of the sidewalk, he’s awake. But otherwise, the town is asleep. The woman at t

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The skies have cleared

It’s been a gray and rainy day, but now at 6:20 pm the sun is breaking through the clouds. For two days the waves have pushed so far up the incline of the harbor that the fishermen have moved their

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Paradiso

    I am not a city person. I love what they offer, the variety, the diversity, the important landmarks, the choices. I am not a great lover of a lot of people. I like my moments with people and

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Hike above Tellaro

On a day when the sea is too rough to swim, we hiked the hills above Tellaro on a rocky path that hugged the side of the cliff.

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Men, work, happiness

Yesterday morning I spent four hours writing, first on a stone bench near the sea and later up at the café in the town piazza. In the meantime Dolora was teaching Liam about the Greek alphabet and ge

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By the sea, by the sea,…

The sea has changed. That glassy surface that we slipped our bodies into on Sunday is gone today, that calm flat unrippled Mediterranean that deceived us into thinking she was always like this, always

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Our apartment in Tellaro

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Tellaro: The many moods of the Sea

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The village of Tellaro

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Tellaro

Sunday morning in Tellaro…   There will be days on this trip when nothing is going right, when the clean, quaint apartment we saw on the internet turns out to be a dump, when the view outside o