My Secret Thanksgiving

Last night, on what turned out to be American Thanksgiving, the African refugees cooked dinner in the Poggio Alla Croce community centre kitchen. Italians know very little of African food but after long discussions with the students, a shopping list was created. Two kilos of beef, okra, onions, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, peanut butter and rice […]

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Travelling with the Fun Family!

Welcome, Joe and Kris, Mark and Jerome and Bob and Sue! ( and a surprise guest visit from Mr. Daniel Abbott) The First Eight Days It’s amazing that all three flights from different European airports all arrived on time in Florence. First came Jerome and Mark, then Bob and Sue and finally Chris and Joe. […]

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Hiking with Daniel: Ravello, Herculaneum, and San Galgano

A SHORT HOLIDAY STORY I had ten days free between my two groups this fall. So my friend, Daniel, came to Italy in search of an adventure. Daniel arranged all the details of our holiday-from our lodging, to our rental car and all the places in between. We planned to spend a few days in […]

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In Firenze, at Casa Thiele alla Signoria

In the small village of Paterno, we meet Cristina, Luca and Babo Antonio. Cristina has prepared a feast for us: antipasti consisting of three kinds of tapenade, two kinds of Polenta, beans with homemade cinghiale sausages, mixed vegetables and a sunny desert. When we arrive at Anna’s Bed and Breakfast, Casa Thiele we are amazed […]

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Our Days At Il Colle: a little piece of paradise

Sunday, September 17 Welcome, Mike and Carolyn and Johanne from California, Louise from Montreal and Judy and Bruce from Virginia. After a welcoming wine and cheese tasting with our host Giovanni, we toured the property, Il Colle, and settled into our rooms. Monday, Sept 18, We strolled through Greve in Chianti, then visited Podere Le […]

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