We took friends on a Lunigiana castle tour this weekend. The weather wasn’t bad. The surprise came at Malgrate Castle, where the normally empty parking lot was full, and a tour bus had parked smack in the middle so that people had to gingerly back out of parking places. The unmarked and as yet untried Continue Reading
Last week, my nephew told me he was trying to find his own apartment. He said that he had been thinking about it for a while, because he really wanted to get out of his parents’ house, but he really had no idea where to start. He asked if I would help him, and I Continue Reading
Matera hasn’t changed a whole lot since I was last there many years ago to see its most spectacular festival, the Festa della Modonna Bruna. Hotels are still hidden in the monochromatic landscape. In September, the crowds aren’t so visible, although the restaurant we chose to eat at was fully booked at lunch, Ristorante Nadì. Continue Reading
Ah, I’m lucky to have this view from my window on a Friday evening at 7pm, an hour before dinner time. We’re at Hotel San Paolo Al Convento in Trani, on the Adriatic coast in Puglia, a very nice place to be right now.