Tag Archives: Nature

The Old Watering Hole

In 1980, the average Italian drank 50 liters of water per year. Today that number has soared to 200, as bottled water has become more plentiful, affordable and more habitual—which is a good thing, right? Well, the shadow side of … Continue reading

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The Renaissance Ring

Imagine a hiking trail 100 miles long with no particular destination. Sound strange? What if you could actually see the focus of your wanderings, yet never arrive there? What if the trail encircled the most magnificent symbol of the Italian … Continue reading

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Bocce Bale 2012

Many people have asked us over the years, “How did that fantastic international game of Bocce Bale ever get started, anyway?” Well . . . once upon a time . . . three years ago, we were out on our … Continue reading

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Taken for Granite

Why would anyone voluntarily leave Italy? Good question. But, that’s another story for another time. So . . . given that we wanted to “get out of Dodge,” we asked ourselves one simple question, “How can we most quickly and … Continue reading

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The Soul of a Place

Early spring in Italy: this year our friend Stefano, an expert in the world of plants and trees, taught me the time-honored art of pruning olive trees. What’s the big deal?, you might ask. Well, actually, we’re talking about the … Continue reading

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Oz and Uncle Ed

Yesterday, I walked through the picket gate and casually glanced to my left, where something caught my eye—the light blue ceramic ball floating above the ivy bed. When we first moved into this magical house some 20 years ago, we … Continue reading

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Spiraling Up

One of our favorite morning walks in California takes us through the gardens of the beautiful Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts. You never know what you might find around each wooded turn because they’re constantly changing the outdoor sculptures, … Continue reading

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