Life Begins at 60!

I arrived in Fiesole the day before my friend Anna’s 60th birthday party. Her sister Do ( AKA The Baby) and niece, Klara, from Germany, were also early arrivals. Some of you will recognize Novella, the private chef who has cooked for Pronto Marcella’s guests and always creates a taste adventure. When the guests arrived, […]

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A Pause for Humour (Una pausa per l’umorismo)

Italian Observations: Time, Illumination, Toilet Paper, Laundry and of course, Garbage Please forgive me in advance; perhaps I’m wrong about everything. I have been trying to understand this strange and beautiful country since I first visited in 2004. Even as I write, my arrogance and biases are on display. I have only scratched the surface […]

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In the Countryside

In the summer, Cristina and Luca live in their house, Acquafregola, in the Vallombrosa forest.  With winter coming, they move back to Paterno, a 20-minute drive down the mountain. They will return daily to feed the feral cats and fill jugs with fresh drinking water from the spring.   I believe this water has medicinal […]

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Finally.

I left Florence in late November of 2019, expecting to return in the summer to spend time in the Vallembrosa forest with Cristina to learn how she makes her natural remedies. Of course, that was not to be, due to the Pandemic. It is now 2022 and I am in Italy for the first time. […]

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Firenze, Bologna, Vallombrossa and Fiesole

It seems to rain almost every day but It does not distract from the beauty of Tuscany and good times with friends.  Let’s start with Firenze And now we are in Bologna to see Tiffany Poon.  We stayed with  Cristina and Luca, in the mountains above the Vallombrosa Abby and a day trip to Certaldo […]

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