Video Vignettes

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No. 41: We’re on the hero’s journey together, perhaps our darkest hour, and yet the elixir is out there, waiting for us to find it.

Today’s Daily Bailey Alexander vid vignette explores Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’. Alas, now we’re on the journey, together, billions of us. Having left the ordinary world, we’ve now entered the extraordinary one. We need our mentor, we need to deal with the challenges, and overcome them so we can find the elixir, […]

No 39: Searching for a soulmate, looking for love while split in half during the dog days of summer.

According to Greek mythology, humans were orginally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two, condeming them for their pride, condeming them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. Always searching for their soulmate, for love…

No. 38: Italy, specifically Piemonte, where the pasta is al dente and the coffee tastes like a milkshake

When the world opens up for travel they will want to come to Piemonte, where there’s a season for everything. Italy’s fine wine country, nestled up against the Alps, in the region they call Piemonte; the secret that needs to be told. The home of slow food and cooking schools where joy is served and […]

No. 37: Three funerals and a caffe in Piemonte

Unfortunately, another funeral; always in 3’s, indeed. First Zio Giacomo, last week, then Franco, now Stefano, today. I will finish my caffe shakerato, made by Massimiliano Poggio at Machi’s Bar here in Bubbio, then follow Stefano’s coffin on foot with the other Bubbiese, to the elegant cemetery in Bubbio… Stefano’s son, Max, was my first […]

No. 33: A Romantic Twist on the Pragmatic Dutch

Living in Amsterdam reminded me of living in Seattle. It was eminently livable, full of competent and industrious people, enjoying their entrepeneurial spirit. It rained, allot, the year I was there; and yet it was pretty, and it was a pleasure. It also had its romantic moments. Which is what I read about, in this […]

No. 32: Poolside chat with Bailey

Now before you comment on the wind, the post swimming lap look, book in the face, or ‘that tractor’, remember Alberto’s tractor is in the vineyard, tending to the vines. And the Italians like to say ‘wine is love’; so Alberto is making love – kisses from Italy

No. 31: The Herbal Magic and Healing Powers of Anna Fila Robattino

Anna Fila Robattino truly has a gift, there’s nothing quite like her popular herbal hikes in Piemonte. As we gather our herbs we learn their botanical names, their common names, how to make hot tisana, or cool drinks for summer, how to cook with herbs or eat them raw, how they can help with respiratory […]

No. 9 Limone, one of Piemonte’s secrets, time to go skiing…

Hello and buongiorno, it’s time to explore another one of Piemonte’s secrets; and this one is extra special because it was the one that introduced me to the Piemonte region in the first place.   It’s called Limone, a town often referred to as The Queen of the Maritime Alps.  There are two Limone’s, one near […]

No. 7 Secrets of Italy; Lake Garda

What wtih Venice flooding and Florence suffering under the weight of tourism – let’s visit some of Italy’s best kept secrets. Here’s Lake Garda, located between Breschia and Verona, between Venice and Milan…

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 of […]

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 international […]

Daily Bailey Alexander No 4 All Saint’s Day

Excerpt from the video: It’s November 1st, All Saint’s Day and soon to be All soul’s Day; let’s take a tour of the cemeteries of Europe and spend some time at Steglieno, in Genoa, the largest open air museum and monumental cemetery in Europe, perhaps the most gorgeous of them all. Achingly beautiful, haunting, magical […]

Daily Bailey Alexander No. 3 Winter

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 with Anna Fila Robattino, famous for knowing everything […]

Daily Bailey Alexander No. 2 Magic

Excerpt from the video: “Why did I end up in Piemonte?” Well, 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 simply replied, “I just sort of drifted into it. “ Here’s what I do know,  […]

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, […]