In the land where pasta is al dente and the coffee tastes like a milkshake 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 [...]

Competitive expats, Molière’s Misanthrope and one very long dinner party in Paris

My friends call me the Vagabond Lady because I tend to drift. Paris, however, has kept me stationary for 2 years, but I doubt I’ll stay longer than three. I was 42 when I arrived in La Ville Lumiere. A great age to embrace her distractions. With a lot of energy, and comfortable in my [...]

Malta’s archipelago, Italian actors and one very exotic obsession in Lyon

Some friends call me The Vagabond Lady because I tend to drift. In fact, this next trip will allow me to skip through 3 countries in two days, and I’m anticipating many highlights along the way. But first, I must exit Malta, which will bring relief but it won’t be easy. There will be security [...]

Daily Bailey Alexander No. 6 Peaceful pilgrimage There's so little time and so many stories to share, like the time I stood in line for 12 hours to see John Paul II lying in State. I wasn’t even religious, but this was one of the most popular and beloved Popes, history’s most well traveled and first non-Italian to hold the title [...]

Daily Bailey Alexander No 5: Slow Food Excerpt from the video: The Slow Food Movement has become a world wide phenomenon yet it began here in Piemonte, where they take it so seriously you can attend a University for the  gastronomic Sciences in the town of Bra, where the movement was born. This is where their headquarters remain, where they create [...]

Daily Bailey Alexander No. 3 Winter From Paradise to Prison and Back Again Excerpt from the video: Piemonte has so many seasons, far more than just 4. There's a season for cutting the wood and carving large pencils for the vineyards, planting saffron and artichokes,  a season for planting my roses, pruning them, picking them, a season for nature walks [...]

No 1: Hello and welcome to your daily Bailey Alexander. Introducing Piedmont, Italy

There's so many stories to tell, and secret, along with sharing public places like Piemonte, up here in northwest Italy. Piemonte is the secret that need to be told nesteld up against the Italian Alps, and the French Alps, and the Swiss Alps... Full of fine wine like Barolo, Barberesco and Barbera and rice, cheese, [...]