Happy New Year from Three countries

Looking back at 2017 Here is my photographic review of the year Family 2017 olive harvest in Tuscany Created three unique experiences to Tuscany where we lived in the farmhouse at Il Colle in Poggio Alla Croce New friends Attended the Women’s March on January 20 in San Francisco and then enjoyed 6 weeks visiting […]

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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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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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The Changing Face of Italy: One Village at a Time

On Saturday, July 1, the population of Poggio Alla Croce increased by 17 percent. Thirty African and Asian young male refugees arrived, and are now living in a refurbished hotel near the town square.  The villagers were not consulted on this surge in their population and they are openly divided about the new residents.   […]

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