It was a warm, sunny, convertible-ride sort of day in late March. We drove through rolling Tuscan countryside, enjoyed a superb lunch in the garden at La Grotta near Montepulciano, and found our way to the small town of Torrita di Siena for the annual Palio di Somari — donkey races. (Torrita di Siena is … Continue reading Palio di Somari… Donkey Races! →
Each year on January 6 — Epiphany — Christians worldwide remember the wise kings who followed a star over two thousand miles to worship and bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. This year Epiphany fell on Sunday. Larry and I arrive early at the small church where we have been … Continue reading Epifania… A New Beginning →
I was up at 4am to take Larry to the Terontola station to catch the 4:45am train to Rome for his long flight to Accra, Ghana to help lead a week of important meetings. At the train station, instead of time and track, the departures board said “SOPP.” SCIOPERO! Train strikes in Italy are legendary, … Continue reading Sciopero!! Strike!! →
When bees move in, who do you call? A local bee-keeper, of course! Earlier this week, Daniela, our housekeeper, came running to the house holding her arm. A black stinger remained in the fleshy crease of her elbow. She had opened the bathroom door in the guesthouse to give it a last once-over before our … Continue reading Oh, NO… BEES!! →
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