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Getting to Know a City, Getting to Know Yourself

The first time I saw Monza I knew as much as any other chauffeured tourist knows. That is to say, nothing. I didn’t know how close it was to Milan or how close it was to my future husband’s hometown. I didn’t know that the people were well-off yet surprisingly leftist politically, that the library… Read more »

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The Mixed-Cultured Food of Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli Venezia Giulia has a large, complicated and fascinating history. A border region between Italy, Austria and Slovenia, it’s been constantly fought over, controlled, traded. Everyone from Attila the Hun to the Nazis have passed through Friuli to gain access to the important sea ports of the Adriatic Sea. The region or parts of the… Read more »

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Palmanova, Italy’s Star-Shaped Village

One of the biggest charms of Italy is its fantasia. You see it in fantastical villages like Spello, with flowers dripping over every railing, balcony and ancient stone step. In the multi-colored houses along the coast. In the homemade cures for strange maladies and the incredible views found at every corner. So far, I’ve seen… Read more »

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Why We Canceled Our Trip to Turkey

In January my friend and I were able to convince our apprehensive husbands to go on a trip to Istanbul, Turkey in March. It’s been years since I’ve wanted to go and Marco knew that. It seemed with cheap flights and a long weekend available for everyone, now was the perfect time. Then on January 12, the day… Read more »