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Puglia, Italy

By   /  November 12, 2006  /  Travel  /  1 Comment

Eating in Puglia Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot that stretches along the Adriatic, is one long swath of olive trees– beautiful, noble, silvery, gnarled ones, mere babies at 50 years old. It’s not uncommon to see olive trees with enormous hollow sinuous trunks that are centuries old and still producing olives. The Puglians [...]

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Sicily, Italy

By   /  May 5, 2005  /  Travel  /  No Comments

From a  stone seat where Goethe sketched the 2500 year old Greek amphitheatre in Taormina, I  gazed at the glittering Mediterranean far below agreeing that nothing seems to change on this sunny island–except the prices. Since my last visit two years ago, the cost of everything had tripled. Yet the food, especially in the best [...]

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Sicily, Italy

By   /  October 10, 2002  /  Travel  /  1 Comment

About five years ago I happened to  pick up a  copy of a book called Sicilian Walks: Exploring the History and Culture of the Two Sicilies, by William J. Bonville (Mills & Sanderson, 1988). I’d never heard of the writer, a stern-looking older fellow with a shaved head wearing a bolo tie. His output seems [...]

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