Video Vignettes

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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 now […]

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 […]

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 their […]

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 to […]

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 […]

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 pathologies […]

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 you […]

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 love […]

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 homage […]

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 […]

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 through […]

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. […]

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 small […]

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. 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 […]

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. 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,  […]