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After Rome…the villages beckon.

We’ve spent hours in Rome, exploring the Coliseum, devouring fresh pasta in Trastevere, exploring the Jewish ghetto and climbing every step to every monument and church. This time around, we discovered a different side of the region– a side that’s not enclosed within its walls and not overrun with tourists slurping gelato that turns to melted slush in the brutal […]

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Panda-monium on the Italian byways

Think you have it rough? Try my life on for size. I’m a 2002 Fiat Panda. Two door, light green, powered by an engine slightly larger than a John Deer riding lawnmower’s. I’m owned by a crazy Italian guy named Ricardo Piccoladite, who drives me like I’m a Ferrari 488 GTB and treats me like I tease him about the […]

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Miles and smiles around the Emerald Isle

Traveling Ireland’s back roads is like joining a big, raucous family on a lengthy vacation in a camper van. It’s tons of fun, relaxing and exhausting, and the pace and unpredictability demands that you pay attention amid the chaos and laughter. Our three-week stay on the Emerald Isle gave us a long look at the people, places and customs of […]

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The quaint, quiet and delicious charm of Malta

Malta is like pastizzi, the country’s pastry of choice: steeped in tradition and cultural history, it boasts a unique flavor and texture created by layer upon layer of exterior with a delicious to-die-for core. This tiny Mediterranean island gave us our first taste of the delicious pastizzi (take your pick: cheese- or pea-filled; we ate both, and in abundance)…and so […]

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A transcript: 2:38 a.m. in the garden of evil

Leaked tape of meeting hastily called in the White House situation room, 2:38 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Reince Priebus: “OK, OK, everybody. Settle down. The Boss has some things to say.” DT:  “Hold on a minute. Gotta finish this Tweet (murmurs beneath breath) d-e-m-o-c-r-a-t-s d-i-s-h-o-n—o-r f-a-l-l-e-n h-e-r-o-s w-i-f-e- Hey, people, whaddya think? End it with Sad! Or Disgusting! Or […]

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A new hip, hip – hooray!

Two hospital attendants rolled me into a holding room at Brighton Nuffield Hospital, where an anesthetist gave me a spinal block and a sedative. Moments later, they wheeled me into an operating theater, flipped me onto my side – like Shamu awaiting treatment – and the anesthetist put me to sleep. For the next hour or so, a towering, affable […]

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