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If you see Edelweiss packaged like this anywhere..

..don't buy it. It's protected virtually everywhere. Sightings in their actual alpine settings have become increasingly rare. And the next time you visit one of the little gift shops near the mountain-top pilgrimage church on Monte Lussari near Tarvisio, let them know they should be embarrassed to have these knickknacks on display. I did and the…
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Close..

.. Is this week's Wordpress Photo Challenge theme. This was taken at the hilltop castle in Udine, Italy, in October 2007. I wonder if they're still close. And…
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Landslides and Flooding in Cinque Terre

I was planning to tempt the mid-November weather Gods and visit Cinque Terre for the first time later this month. That's not going to happen now since they beat me by about three weeks.  Severe storms hit the area on October 25, triggering massive flooding and landslides. Most severely hit were Vernazza and Monterosso; I was planning to stay in the…
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Enquiring Mind

It's always a pleasure to encounter inquisitive people. This is at the train station in Brescia, Italy, on 21-March-2011, just one of several long shots I…
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Milano Centrale update

A quick stop in Milano Centrale, one of my favorite stations, yesterday to snap a few pics and check out the progress of the massive €100 million renovation.…
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Trieste Centrale notebook

On an early summer morning in 2003, I spotted a copy of Jan Morris's Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere in the bookshop of the Newcastle train station. I was heading to Trieste in a very roundabout sort of way, due to arrive at 2:05 am the next morning. I bought it and spent the rest of the day --on trains, in small airport lounges and…
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Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo's Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here's an interview with Capossela with NPR's All Things…
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Weegee in Milano

Meant to post this months ago, but there's still a little time: If you’ve watched old Hollywood crime films from the 1930s and 40s, you’ll have seen plenty of Speed Graphics in action, those bulky cameras with large bulbs that could light up a dark alley at night. Among the most widely regarded real news photographers of the day was Weegee, whose…
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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Milan

Cityhotel Central Station Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 15 Milano, Italy True to its name, this place is a five-minute stroll from Milano Centrale Station. As you can see, I had a fairly large room, with a big window overlooking a boulevard through which I learned, among other things, that Milanese streetcleaners are particularly loud at 3:30 in…
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