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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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Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo's Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here's an…

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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July pic(k)s

I had an accordion forced upon me at an early age. I wanted to play guitar, but my parents insisted I be a good…

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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On more quick Udine follow-up... This week marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto (Slovenia's Kobarid) aka the 'Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo', the last of the battles on the Izonzo front (Soška fronta), and the one immortalized by Hemmingway in A Farewell to Arms. Lasting 17 days, it was a bloody romp of Italy by Austria and the…
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Italian baggage

Hauled these bottles home from a recent visit to Rome, and humbly seek your suggestions, comments, notes, etc. on any and all. Thanks! - Bigi Aliatico di Gradoli (vini Liquoroso), N/V - Bersano Barolo 2003 - Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2001 - Cadis (Cantina di Soave) Amarone della Valpolicella 2004 - Prunotto Dolcetto D'Alba 2006…
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San Vittore Olana

Sleepy town, a Milanese suburb about 35 minutes from Milano Centrale. Not much here, but I did find these cool…