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Day and Night in Bologna

Whether the small corners of Bologna, showcasing its vibrant Gay and poetic concerns, or its expansive sunset-colored centro storico, or its medieval underground canal system and its oldest Romanesque churches … the visual treats are as tasty as its wine … Continue reading

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Small “bites” of Bologna/St Georgio’s Day

April 23! Last year we celebrated St Jordi’s Day in Barcelona. Today in Bologna, some Catalan student from Barcelona set up a St Jordi’s and Catalan culture point in Piazzo St Stefano, where they sang medieval songs in their language … Continue reading

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Museo dell ‘Automobile

Some say that love makes the world go ’round. But in Italy, and especially in Torino, the Detroit of the industrialized north, it is Fiat and Pirelli that have made Italy and Europe go ’round since the late 1800’s. The … Continue reading

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The Reggia di Veneria

The Reggia di Veneria … a Versailles like hunting lodge/party palace of the grand house of Savoia has just been reopened to the public after almost a century of disuse. Built in the 17th century, the palace and its exhibits … Continue reading

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Barcelona ~ Here’s looking at you …

A little bit about Joan Miro, the Barcelona-born surrealist with the colorful and exuberant museum up on Montjuic.  He said “You must always plant your feet firmly on the ground if you want to be able to jump up in … Continue reading

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Barcelona ~ thru the looking glass … 4

You’ve got your Pablo Picasso and your Salvador Dali; you’ve got your Joan Miro, Xavier Cugat (cha-cha-cha), and Pablo Casals … and don’t get me started on George Orwell or Barcelona soccer heroes. But right up there in the firmament … Continue reading

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Barcelona ~ thru the looking glass … 3

When you travel to Figueres (fig trees) from Barcelona, you might think you are entering another world. But you would be wrong. Until the train stops at the little station, and you walk through the weave of this small city, … Continue reading

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Barcelona ~ thru the looking glass … 2

She speaks through her streets ~

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Barcelona ~ thru the looking glass … 1

Now that the very beautiful and insightful din and hum of the Ramblas, the Barri Gotic, Montjuic, the Barceloneta, et al. has receded — the clink of sangria glasses, the smell of the sea side and its restaurants, the giggling … Continue reading

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Barcelona~a la playa

A bit of English weather on Brighton … I meant Barceloneta … Beach, where the surf was definitely up. Yellow flag The sandman … Life at 60 …

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