La Rua: Vicenza’s Wheel of Fortune

In September, Vicenza puts its best foot forward to honor both its patron saint, La Madonna di Monte Berico (Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Berico), and its rich civic past. Most days and nights play… Continue reading

Phoetry: Wine and Cheese in the Euganean Hills

This is the fourth in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna “The Rhymer” O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original prose with my original photos and, sometimes,… Continue reading

A Titanic Day in Venice

The late songwriter Shel Silverstein penned it and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show recorded it in 1972: The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’. Like DH&TMS, I, too, made the cover. Not the cover of… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Paradise on Earth

“Those who seek paradise on earth,” observed George Bernard Shaw, renowned Irish playwright, “should come to Dubrovnik.” I wholeheartedly agree with the Dublin-born Nobel laureate as I pull back the curtains, step out… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Dubrovnik or Bust

It’s an Edward Bulwer-Lytton kinda morning, not night — dark and stormy — as the intrepid “band of merry media,” 18 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion… Continue reading

Ferragosto: Italians take Flight

W.C. Fields, the late American comedian-actor of vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood, once summarized his feelings about his hometown by stating, “Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.” He was, of… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Eat, Drink, Cycle

They say you never forget how to ride a bike. Well, I’m about to find out as I mount my two-wheeler and join the peloton that is the “band of merry media” —… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: The Great Debate on Korčula

Ask any local from the island of Korčula and he/she will tell you straight away that Marko, not Marco, Polo, the globetrotting merchant, cartographer and author who straddled the 13th and 14th centuries,… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Mali Ston on the Half Shell

Here I am, one lucky fill-in-the-blank, getting ready to board a canopied fishing tug that’s heading out into the Bay of Mali Ston, along Croatia’s Pelješac Peninsula. Together with the rest of the intrepid… Continue reading

What’s Burning Tonight: Chicken Salad and Grilled Vegetables

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