A minute of wind on Lake Garda

So many winds to choose from here on Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake – located two hours west of Venice and one hour from Europe’s most romantic balcony in Verona. The two main winds are called Peler, and Ora. Peler blows from the north, affecting the whole lake, but particularly the central and northern areas. It starts in theContinue reading “A minute of wind on Lake Garda”

The Magic of Piemonte; a little film

Locals would ask, “Why did you move to Piemonte?” They were genuinely curious. After all, I was the only American living in our town of Loazzolo. When Gore Vidal was asked ‘Why Rome?’ He thought Howard Hughes had it right, “How did a long nailed recluse end up in a sealed hotel room?” Hughes simplyContinue reading “The Magic of Piemonte; a little film”

Moving house is about new beginnings and letting go

When we move house it feels like a new beginning yet it’s often an exercise in memory, nostalgia; about the past. Each key received had teased me it could solve a mystery, and unlock the secrets of cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Bucharest or Prague yet Rome kept her secrets safely tucked inside.  Each move demandingContinue reading “Moving house is about new beginnings and letting go”

Italy has changed me

I’m not certain when, which day or year, but it did happen and just dawned on me the other day. For such a spontaneous person I can be slow; nice to know irony is not dead. I was in Riva del Garda when struck by this epiphany. I’d suspected it for some time, but nowContinue reading “Italy has changed me”

Climate does change, and it happens so fast.

Arrived in Riva yesterday, jumped on my bicycle and 5 minutes later this crazy storm errupted. I was at the piazza, parked my bike and ran into Cafe Italia. Surrounded by German tourists, I ordered a glass of white wine and watched. I’ve seen storms before, but this was dramatic, perhaps even unique. We haveContinue reading “Climate does change, and it happens so fast.”

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 sheContinue reading “A little film about an extraordinary woman and her tiny food factory; a place where dreams come true.”

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 theirContinue reading “In the land where pasta is al dente and the coffee tastes like a milkshake”

A little film about Lake Garda and how comics inspired Gary Lachman to go cosmic.

‘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 toContinue reading “A little film about Lake Garda and how comics inspired Gary Lachman to go cosmic.”

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