Italy’s often considered a country of artisans. What they do well they do better than most – just watching Massimiliano Poggio make a Caffè Shakerato offers an example. Tomorrow Italy begins to open up. I wonder how tourism will unfold. Here in Piemonte they don’t rely on services and tourism, instead they spend most their […]
A little film about an extraordinary woman and her tiny food factory; a place where dreams come true.
Some stories are told through food. Soon, I’ll share the story of this extraordinary woman and her famous restaurant located in Cessole, Piemonte. It’s called Ristorante Madonna delle Neve. It’s known far and wide….and soon you’ll know about it too : ) For now, a little film about an amazing woman and the business she […]
“Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity.” – The Washington Post. ” The NYT – “Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling”. Once upon a time Gary played bass guitar for Blondie. Today he’s a fantastic conversationalist and speaker; he continues to entertain, writing for the Guardian and other literary magazines. […]
My mother’s final sketch, drawn on her last birthday @76. She sent it to me, and two girlfriends, special friends from childhood that happened to share the same birthday. A breezy way of saying good-bye, celebrating her country – Muv’s rococo style worn like a sign of courage. The day after she died her cousin […]
Patrick Radden Keefe examines America’s addiction to drugs – and he also exposes another kind of addiction, to money – and this one’s evil. This book breaks my little American heart.
What a fantastic story teller. Last year I read his book “Say Nothing”, a true story about murder and memory in Ireland. Patrick Radden Keefe has a way of making a compelling story jump off the page, become personal and really resonate; the kind that lingers long after the reader has read the last word. […]
Italy was set to open up in June, but now it looks like they’ve moved it to mid May. Countries will need to catch up to the new rules because it looks like Draghi just relaxed a few of ’em.
‘A Couple of Europhiles’ welcome Gary Lachman this week and it’s a trip. We discuss how to keep your mind open to synchronicity and Gary dives deep into mysticism, esotericism as well as imagination and consciousness. As we cycle around the lake you can listen to Gary’s youth and how he graduated from comics to […]
You’ll love our latest pod; got sound effects, Pirate Party prospects in Prague, Scotland’s aim for independence, Macron’s lack of mojo, Merkel’s successor, and Italy’s timeframe for opening up.
Available on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-couple-of-europhiles-on-cultural-realities/id1540597546 and Spotify
No idea why I’ve never baked one before but Martha said she learned the secret in Maine. You throw it in the oven for an hour, high heat, then throw it down on the counter. It opens it up. So simple. Bacon and butter; buonissimo.
The most competent politician in the British Isles – her moment of truth looms large – go Nicola, go get ’em!
If Nicola Sturgeon gets the majority, her manifesto is to go for independence, and just look at the latest stats in Scotland: Over 60, they wanna stay, but those between 18 and 30, there’s a huuuuuge majority that cannot wait to leave. Go Nikki! We’ll take ya back. Europe loves Scotland! Quite the major event […]
So said Fabrizio Garbarino during our interview this morning. Sig. Garbarino is President of the Roccaverano DOP Coop.; one of 12 interviews for my next book called, “Piemonte; the stories that need to be told”. I mean, it’s one thing to overtake the French in both quality and quantity of wine, which Italy did a […]
Doubt I’d say much to discourage the courage it took to carry on when I was 44 living in Malta. During the low point of our long, nomadic adventure. But that was then and now I was nervous. I was getting ready for my close-up, trying to focus on the questions I’d just received. An […]
Are the “Troubles” returning? Let’s ask the Irish – The Carrie and Anthony McIntyre Interview – Part II
It’s time to provide our listeners with another chat with Carrie and Anthony McIntyre. It’s time to discuss the topical situation that is Northern Ireland. We predicted this would happen on our show not that many weeks ago. So sit back, have a listen, and enjoy Anthony’s lovely accent. Enjoy their contrasting views on the […]
No one knows how screwed up the Italians are more than the Italians – so we don’t need the English or the FT – grazie mille.
Gore Vidal once said if he wanted to know the truth he read the Italian newspapers. He spent decades living in Italy and he also lived in the middle of history. He knew everyone who was anyone. He was also a truth-teller, America’s biographer and prescient for 6 decades. Vidal exposed the national security state […]
The EU Vaccine program inspires the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Just look at the numbers; it’s a success story.
The fable comes to mind when reading this link. Thierry Breton, otherwise known as Mr. Vax at the commission is an industrialist, and his team have turned the EU into a vaccine powerhouse that is ramping up nicely, so says one commenter. Read all about it.
Once upon a time, after a nomadic lifestyle, I found a place to settle down. It was a magical place called Piemonte. Colette and Godot had enjoyed our paripatetic adventure for 16 years and I just had to bring another generation of papillons to come play and complete our new arcadia. As an American I […]
You want seasons? I’ll give you three; my first summer here, flowers in full bloom, in June. Last year’s gothic fog and today’s rain.
When I chose to settle down I wanted 4 seasons yet Piemonte came with so many of ’em. There’s a time to plant vegetables, pick the grapes, cut back the vines, stack the wood, cut back the roses, hunt for truffle, fertilize the lawn, switch from our well to city water, trim the hortensia to […]
This morning on Easter Sunday we interviewed Luigi, our car mechanic. I had to replace Don Piero, “The Priest Interview” – a most beloved character, but due to dialect, age, etc, even the local I asked to transcribe, the woman who conducted the interview, after a few listens simply said, “no, impossible to understand, sorry…” […]
Fairy Tales are everywhere in Piemonte. In Vernante, Pinocchio’s murals cover the town walls, and it’s charming.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with fairy tales lately. Seven years ago when I moved to Piemonte it felt like one. Not that I was expecting a happy ending; that would be asking for trouble. But fairy tales and folklore are ever present. They aren’t just in the stories Piemontese share when I interview them for […]
Italy’s Red Zone is like living in Dante’s Comedy; heaven meets hell on a daily basis. It’s still Italy, but everything’s closed.
Much of Italy is red, a few regions orange, and Sardinia was white, for a time, but only Sardinia could pull that off; Sardinia is like the one-off of Italy. So there I was, cycling home, getting ready to turn right towards the lake, where we live, past the place that is always packed, serving […]
For 20 years I’ve been driving to Lake Garda. The past 7 from Piemonte. Riva was my first home in Europe; our flat is the size of a closet, it sits on the lake and it is heaven. Being Italy I pass through several regions, including Veneto, teasing me with signs to Venice. Just seeing […]
It’s easy to appreciate why people want to write notes to former selves; if only to erase silly fears and eliminate those phobias. To have a second chance at that crazy choice. But wouldn’t we eliminate the very courage it took to make such a choice, wouldn’t we put into question that strange and naive […]
When it takes time to get anywhere I wonder about living in the middle of nowhere until the next minute my inner guide lets me know everything I need is right here.
Once upon I lived in Rome, then Paris, then Venice before I moved to Prague. I lived in busy cities like Seattle and NY and London before moving to Europe, long before ending up here, in Piemonte; nestled up against the Italian alps, in the middle of nowhere. Yet whenever I wonder why I ever […]
George Steiner, the cultural critic who wrote about the relationship between language, literature and society said this, and yes, how can we possibly explain what’s it’s like to live through this pandemic. At least most of us are still alive, but are we less indifferent to the small things? Do they seem more precious than […]
Message from my partner: Gigi and Gaston are like our children… it is hard to explain just how much they mean to us. They have been together since birth, brothers from the same litter. After seven wonderful years, something bad has happened, and they have started fighting. It is very serious, we have had to […]
It’s time to take a deep dive into the future relationship between America and China. We discuss the fastidiousness of Japan, what it’s like to live in Amsterdam now, and everything in between. Michael offers our listeners pivotal points and epiphanies experienced in 30 years of working all over Asia, Europe, North and South America. […]
A Couple of Europhiles on Super Mario Draghi’s maiden address – catch our latest on Apple or Spotify
Bailey and Francis deep dive into Mario Draghi’s first address to the Senate; discussing how Italy will enter the non carbon economy, spending those precious recovery monies, along with the craziness of Italian politics. Draghi knows it’s now time to stop playing games because he knows this money is a once in a lifetime opportunity. […]
Catch our latest episode on cultural realities and cultural dissonance; A Couple of Europhiles interview Dragana Sevic
Francis and Dragana discuss remote work and what it’s like to work at the largest remote company in the world. Dragana is an expert project manager who firmly believes the virtual world can make teams feel closer. Dragana is also Serbian, so she’s got a great accent and continues to work in Belgrade because this […]
Yesterday I found an unoccupied bench on Lake Garda and sat down to enjoy the view. A young man sat down beside me. His name was Max and he was half Italian, half Australian. His family moved back to Italy when he was 4 and he was happy to speak English. We talked about COVID, […]
Our latest ‘A Couple of Europhiles’ podcast talks about Derek Delgaudio, Storytelling and Peak Experience
On this episode you’ll get a free sample from my audible book A European Odyssey; How a Boxer’s Daughter Found Grace, but first, some intimate stories from the 70’s; surreal album covers, growing up with fastidious hippies, Harley Davidsons and Burt Bacharach. We’ll venture further back in the time machine so you can enjoy a […]
Joseph Campbell presents the Hero’s Journey in the following way; accepting the call to adventure, refusal of the call, meeting the mentor, crossing the threshold, experiencing tests, allies and enemies, approaching the innermost cave/encountering the belly of the whale, followed by ordeal/death, then reward, the road back, resurrection – until it’s time for the hero […]
They say Derek Delgaudio’s “In & of Itself” is indescribable, I guess it’s kind of like a peak experience, like the one Muv shared with me one day.
I just watched Derek Delgaudio’s movie, directed by Frank Oz. It’s about secrets, identity and feeling vulnerable. Derek is a story-teller. He talks about the secret of finding out his mother was a lesbian and when people applied that label on her, perceptions changed. It impacted him, and this could have inspired this show. I […]
Wishing you sweet things made of chocolate, thinking of pink and red flowers, remembering special days, beloved spirits, and dreaming of spring
watercolor by Barbara Alexander flowers by Piemonte, Italia