Blog archives for October, 2010


Archive for October, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

On one of my first trips to Italy I roamed around quite a bit. Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania. There were a lot of interesting things from that trip but the most memorable ones from a people perspective were in Umbria. I was in Perugia with an ex-girlfriend. She decided that she really wanted to […]

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Eat, Pray, Love (Julia Roberts?!)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Just in case you’ve been hiding out far from any kind of media then perhaps you haven’t heard of “Eat, Pray, Love”. First it was a book and now is a movie starring Julia Roberts in the major role. OK, I admit it, I read the book. Sure, it’s “chick lit” but I’m a reasonably […]

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A Different Kind of Pesto

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We tend to think of pesto as just the Ligurian stuff with basil, nuts, garlic,etc. But really the word “pesto” simply means ground or crushed. It is the past participle of “pestare”, to grind, pound or crush. It comes from the same word root as pestle as in “mortar and pestle”. But so much for […]

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Italian TV – Vive la differenza

Monday, October 4th, 2010

On one of my first trips to Italy many years ago I visited a friend who was living a few miles south of Rome. One evening he said, “You’ve got to see this TV show, you won’t believe it!” Well, he was right, it was hard to believe. On this show women would willingly “pop […]

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