Learning How to Row a Gondola in Venice – or – GONDOLIER FOR A DAY

Learning to row a gondola in venice

I stood in the middle of the narrow boat, a long oar in hand.  The water was choppy and the boat tossed around a little.  My feet were spread slightly apart and my knees bent to try and give myself some balance, but it was little help and I lurched from side to side ungracefully.  …

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Hike Portofino to San Fruttuoso, Italy – or – THE PERFECT ITALIAN RIVIERA DAY TRIP

Portofino to San Frutuosso hike

I peer through the trees.  Far below me, at the foot of a steep forested hill, is a pool of bright green water, sparkling in the sun like a jewel and edged by a narrow beach blue with umbrellas.  Nestled at the water’s edge is a tiny golden monastery, its domed tower steeped in hundreds …

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Pasta making class, Rome, Italy – or – A ROMAN DINNER PARTY

Rome Pasta Making Class

I was sitting at a long table in the large dining/ living room of a chic apartment in central Rome.  I took sip of wine and shared travel stories with my dinner companions about our Roman holidays.  Our hosts shared stories about pasta and bickered with each other in the way that happily married people …

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