BENVENUTI! Welcome to the blogging lair of The Palladian Traveler.
This is an eclectic site devoted to the pursuit of happiness — actually la dolce vita (the sweet life) — from within the borders of the Bel Paese and, occasionally, beyond.
So, why did I choose The Palladian Traveler as my pseudonym?
Well, I traded in my hometown St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and a wine glass, and now hang my capello, camera AND palate in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy where Palladian architecture abounds.
Makes perfectly good sense, right?
After years as a “company” print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have taken me to 50 countries and counting, I’m now finally on my own, totally unrestricted, to follow the prevailing wind of the moment to wherever it may take me.
With my trusty camera gear, notebook and a No. 2 lead pencil, I strive to do my very best as I keep my eyes, ears and mind wide open along the ancient and endless cobble and dusty back roads that I travel.
I’m inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old; and, reliving history, or at least meandering around time-tested pavement laid down centuries ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my “Vespa” running. And, I try and uncork that excitement and energy into each and every article and photo that I jettison into the blogosphere.
The Palladian Traveler provides a tad of historical perspective, a dash of humor and tidbits of info that you wouldn’t normally know existed unless you carefully looked between every bit of cobble along the way.
The subject matter runs the gamut and is written from the perspective of an expat trying to absorb and understand all the nuances of his adopted culture: food, wine, travel, customs, traditions, expressions, impressions, style, trends, etc.
My quest, as The Palladian Traveler, is to always be at the ready to capture new and interesting topics for my visual essays, all postmarked from my creative hideaway in the centuries-old centro storico (historic center) of the city that Andrea Palladio built.
I believe I’m a fair writer-photographer with a decent eye behind the lens and a clever twist with the pen, but I’ll leave it up to those that read and, hopefully, follow this blog to serve as my critics.
I look forward to receiving your feedback as I’m sure you are of mine.
Now that you know who I am and why I’m here in the blogosphere, perhaps you’ll accept my open invitation and join me as I meander along the cobblestone to somewhere.
Ciao for now.
©The Palladian Traveler