Umbria or Bust: Exploring New Bits of Italy by Bike

Italians always find poetic ways to express even the mundane. One example is long weekends that include a weekday holiday and which are called a “ponte,” or bridge. The ponte … Continue reading Umbria or Bust: Exploring New Bits of Italy by Bike

Star Light, Star Bright…

Nearly two weeks ago already, I returned from (another) bike tour with my two-wheeled companion, Penny. Bike tours always consist largely of planning, eating and pedaling. And pedaling is always … Continue reading Star Light, Star Bright…

On the Ride of My Life

You know what they say about what we once did, forgot about and then picked up again later like a salsiccia (sausage) e patate al forno (roasted potato) pizza to … Continue reading On the Ride of My Life

A Florence Returns to Florence

When life gives you lemons, supposedly lemonade is the end product. But when you’re in Italy and your BFFF Kelly comes over with her hubby, Jacbo (aka Jacob), you make … Continue reading A Florence Returns to Florence

Mangiamo!

In Italy, the question is not so much “Will I have a coffee?” (the answer is nearly always “yes,” regardless of the time). Instead, it’s “when will I have a … Continue reading Mangiamo!