The Lady behind The Mask

Once upon a time, Venice was a powerful, majestic and innovative maritime republic that ruled the high seas for over a thousand years. She was a leader in trade between Europe and the… Continue reading

The Prow and Joy of Venice

DID YOU KNOW? Il ferro (iron), the distinctive ornamentation at the prow of a Venetian gondola, the most forward part of the boat, serves as its front bumper protecting it from everyday nicks and… Continue reading

Buongiorno: Breaking the Fast

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard or read that statement? Countless, I’m sure. And that pronouncement isn’t going away anytime soon, because, according to… Continue reading

Discovering the Emerald Isle: In Search of “The Quiet Man”

During a prolific career that spanned nearly 60 years, John Ford, the iconic Irish-American film director who helmed 137 features, brought one of his projects “home” to Ireland for location shooting, The Quiet Man.… Continue reading

Celebrating the Wine Harvest with Bottega Gold

There is nothing better in a travel-foodie blogger’s life than to receive an invitation to attend a special event involving a knife, a fork, a spoon and a wine glass. I scored such… Continue reading

Discovering The Emerald Isle: Land of Saints, Scholars and Clouds

Known as the “land of saints and scholars,” Ireland, the ever-popular, emerald-green isle, has given the world the luck of its people, Saint Patrick’s Day, the narrative of James Joyce, the music of… Continue reading

Loving Romagna with Knife, Fork and Camera

Bookended by Ravenna to the north and Gabicce Mare to the south lies the Rivera Romagnola, a hundred or so kilometers of pristine beaches that embrace the Bel Paese‘s side of the Adriatic… Continue reading

Marcello’s Big Fat Italian Christening

Recently, I returned to the rarified air of Castelluccio di Norcia — where Italy’s Apennines touch the clouds inside Umbria’s Monti Sibillini National Park — to help celebrate a milestone in the life… Continue reading

Road Trippin’ along The Riviera: Bordighera

Five hours after leaving Vicenza in the rearview mirror, with 474 km (284 mi) logged, a half tank of diesel drained and €41 spent on highway tolls, Ms. Garman happily announces, “Arrived at destination,” as… Continue reading

Road Trippin’ along the Riviera

In a previous life — the one that provided me with a bi-weekly paycheck — I regularly drove the Italian Autostrada dei Fiori (Highway of Flowers), or A10. Weaving a colorful, elevated path… Continue reading