Traveling In Europe 2014

  Oils, Wine, and Cultural Preferences Travel. Travel a lot. It is great fun. When you get to travel for your business and get to eat your way through France and Italy, go for it. Mark and I just returned from Europe where we tasted our way down the Rhone River in Provence, France then […]

Italy and Scotland Part 3

PART THREE SCOTLAND   MONDAY MAY 20, 2013 Again we woke up early to the sounds of the geese, dogs and doves of the castle and surrounding area. We had another lovely breakfast in the morning room, and delicious cappuccino courtesy of Pierro. With many fond goodbyes and thank yous to the family, we were […]

Italy and Scotland Part 2.5

PART TWO AND A HALF THE ANIMALS OF THE SERRA LUNGA There was a very special day in the Serra Lunga de Alba. A day of celebration of agriculture, and it poured rain. Elisabeth, Mark and I went to Cerasco for a lovely lunch and Barolo wine and walked to the Castle. We had been […]

Italy and Scotland Part 2

PART TWO THE CITY OF BRA WHERE SLOW FOOD WAS BORN, CHEESE, WINE AND GRADUATION.   Tuesday May 14, 2013 We set the GPS to Bra and headed to meet Elisabeth and begin the celebration of her graduation from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. We can still see the mountains and the snow but we […]

Italy and Scotland Part 1

PART ONE MILAN, GENOVA, IMPERIA, ITALIAN MARITIME ALPS, CUNEO   Wednesday May 9 San Francisco to Milan was an easy flight. As was our transfer from Paris to Milan. Traveling is so much easier when you make connections and planes are on time. We then hopped on the bus from Malspensa airport to downtown Milan. […]

Italian Tenor, Venetian Beer and Murano Glass

Friday,┬áJune 1 Our hotel is sweet, lovely, and the breakfast room is very quiet. You can sit inside, on the outdoor terrace, or inside in the wisteria-covered terrace. This morning someone was singing on the other side of the canal. A beautiful Italian tenor, maybe one of the gondoliers. They often have great voices. Walking […]

Gelato and Castles and Ragu, Oh my??

Urbino This morning at breakfast I had soft-boiled eggs with yolks the color of brilliant orange. A striking color in the morning. Due cappuccino, two warm and luscious coffees, make a perfect quiet breakfast. We have been staying at the Frederico II, a hotel owned by The Pieralisi Corporation in Jesi. Its name comes from […]

From Italy with Love

Leaving San Francisco on Air France to Paris and on to Milan. Very good service but a very long flight. Can anyone sleep well on an airplane? Arriving in Milan with 8 bags is a miracle, as only one, Elisabeth’s books, were left in Paris. They caught up with us but the thought of lost […]


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