Video Vignettes

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”

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.”

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 toContinue reading “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.”

A little film about America’s pathologies, an Odyssey and demystifying consciousness

20 years ago I started writing about America’s pathologies, which include victimology, litigiousness and evangelicalism. And what about the latter, are they just fundamentalist, or simply insane. They let us know of their anger, their resentment, thanks to Trump inciting them, as it culminated in that insurrection at the Capitol. 20 years ago, those pathologiesContinue reading “A little film about America’s pathologies, an Odyssey and demystifying consciousness”

A poem, full of snow and silence, from Piemonte

It just keeps snowing here in Piemonte. It would appear Covid has been good for the climate. The roads are used less, there are fewer cars on the roads yet plenty of tractors to be seen. Everyone, except for us, seems to have a tractor because we are surrounded by farmers; tending to their vinesContinue reading “A poem, full of snow and silence, from Piemonte”

The Materialists, The Cultural Creatives, The Social and Ecological Progressives and The Traditionalists

I wonder where you’re heading…personally, I’ve been riding the culturally creative vibe for the past couple of years. I’ve heard most people fall into the following 4 movements, although of course; there’s overlap. I’m not sure which one is growing faster than the rest, depending on one’s cultural reality…which city, which country in which youContinue reading “The Materialists, The Cultural Creatives, The Social and Ecological Progressives and The Traditionalists”

When Mark Twain visited Staglieno cemetery he said…

“We will remember this after we’ve forgotten all the palaces” such is the dramatic and moving experience of Staglieno cemetery in Genoa; La Supurba”. Through storytelling, geography and fun facts we explore Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio, Val d’Aosta and Piemonte – the secret that needs to be told. If you miss travel you just might loveContinue reading “When Mark Twain visited Staglieno cemetery he said…”

Need a break from the drama? How about a drive to Venice – to the Queen of the Adriatic.

Welcome to your Daily Bailey Alexander, where’s it’s time to see Venice, hallowed out, her beauty on full display. A quick two hour trip from Lake Garda to La Serenissima, where we can cross the lagoon and take a trip out to San Michele, the island that is a cemetery. Where we can pay homageContinue reading “Need a break from the drama? How about a drive to Venice – to the Queen of the Adriatic.”

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, magicalContinue reading “Daily Bailey Alexander No 4 All Saint’s Day”

Tales of The Vagabond Lady; Over the top and they’re all true.

For the price of a cup of coffee I offer flamboyant tales for your pleasure, packed with travel and parties left out my book. Finer details and frivolous bits that didn’t fit. They lend better to the short form because they are intense and panoramic. Sometimes you just crave a story. You will travel throughContinue reading “Tales of The Vagabond Lady; Over the top and they’re all true.”

Step inside the factory, enjoy the fantasy of a favorite dish; the reality of how family and food stay strong in Italy.

Interview No. 7: yet another amazing interview, a wondrous tale, a fantastic story about an old woman with an apron. How she built an incredible business, beloved and well known across borders. It’s called Madonna Delle Neve, in Cessole, in the region of Piemonte. My next book will include a 12 interviews with 12 Piemontese.Continue reading “Step inside the factory, enjoy the fantasy of a favorite dish; the reality of how family and food stay strong in Italy.”

What fresh hell is this; historic floods in Limone and France

We had winds at 100 km an hour, so very dramatic yet no damage. Nothing like the damage done to Limone, Piemonte, located 2 hours west of here. To think my guy would take a photo of a picaresque home, this property full of charm, but one week ago, only to see it floating downContinue reading “What fresh hell is this; historic floods in Limone and France”

No. 43: A little hope and lotta beauty on Lake Garda

For the first time since lockdown, I left Piemonte and drove to Lake Garda, where it sparkles, and feels light, where the water offers insight and emotions the mountains, alone, don’t always provide in Piemonte. I always have expectations, because this place has always offered a reprieve, a way to find myself in a smallContinue reading “No. 43: A little hope and lotta beauty on Lake Garda”

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,Continue reading “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.”

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

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 firstContinue reading “No. 37: Three funerals and a caffe in Piemonte”

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 thisContinue reading “No. 33: A Romantic Twist on the Pragmatic Dutch”

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 respiratoryContinue reading “No. 31: The Herbal Magic and Healing Powers of Anna Fila Robattino”

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

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 internationalContinue reading “Daily Bailey Alexander No 5: Slow Food”

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, Continue reading “Daily Bailey Alexander No. 2 Magic”

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