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The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Swing How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, Rivers and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside—… Read more »

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Elba Island: The Black Rock Beach

“Let’s go to the Black Rock Beach,” he said. “It’s a bit out of the way so there should be less people!” he said. In the summer of 2011 I came to stay with Marco for five weeks and we planned a five day vacation to Isola d’Elba, or Elba Island. I came to Elba knowing,… Read more »

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Photo Essay: The Cimitero Monumentale of Milan

It might seem strange to go to a cemetery as a tourist – it did to me the first time I was brought there. Yet nearly four years later, I went back. Because the Cimitero Monumentale, or Monumental Cemetery, is more than just your average cemetery. It’s an enormous, elaborate look into a city; an open-air museum that… Read more »

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A Short Manifesto For Travelers in Italy

Roughly 47 million tourists descend on Italy’s piazzas, fill its museums and snap pictures inside its catholic churches every year. While everyone has a right to experience the Italian countryside, dance in its discotecas or just eat a really-freaking-good pizza, far too often travelers to Italy are doing it wrong – and it’s time that… Read more »

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On Italy and Food

Italy has taught me a lot about food. It’s taught me a lot about freshness and flavor and fat. About the simplicity of some fresh bee honey abundantly drizzled over fresh ricotta requested that day from the cheese counter. “Così?” like this? the man will ask, holding his spatula over a pie-slice size chunk of ricotta… Read more »