Category Archives: Elsewhere

What we ate

We love the art, we love the little streets, we love the beautiful people, we love the language. But truth be told, the best thing about Italy just might be the food. I know you all want to see what … Continue reading

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Floating Piers

The artist Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude (who died in 2009) have been creating temporary large-scale environmental art installations since 1961. I had the good fortune to see Running Fence in Marin County, California in 1976 and The Umbrellas at … Continue reading

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Assisi

Just 15 minutes away from Spello by train is the town of Assisi, home of St. Francis (1181-1226). We took a day trip over there to check it out. The train station is a bit outside of the old town, so you … Continue reading

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Collepino

The ancient paths connecting towns and villages of this region are mostly still maintained. We decided to take a walk on one of them to the tiny hill town of Collepino. Off we go. The trail follows a mostly well-preserved Roman … Continue reading

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Hello, Spello

On Thursday night Andreas and I embarked on what promises to be another epic summer. This year’s itinerary begins with a week in Italy, after which Andreas and I will part ways for a few weeks. He’ll go to Ikaria, then to Chicago … Continue reading

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Introduction to Istanbul

Let’s start by laying down today’s soundtrack: The few hours that we had here were only enough for a taste of this sparkling city. We stashed the suitcase in an airport locker and boarded the metro. At Yusufpasha we transferred to a tram that took us directly … Continue reading

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Cappadocia

Another four-day weekend, another travel adventure. Andreas and I just returned from Turkey after three days in Cappadocia and a few hours in Istanbul. Cappadocia wasn’t even on my radar until a few weeks ago when I was thumbing through the new Lonely Planet … Continue reading

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Volunteer FAQs

Some people want to know more about my upcoming trip to Lesvos. Here are a few questions that I am hearing a lot (with answers). How did you find out about this? As I said in my last post, I don’t remember exactly … Continue reading

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Bonne année et bonne santé

Phase two of our tripartite winter holiday: New Year’s in Strasbourg. The weather was cold and there was snow on the ground. We sampled the things that France is famous for: great food, shopping, art The shopping district was beautifully decorated … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël

From Dubai, Alekka and I flew to the Frankfurt airport where Andreas soon joined us from Cairo. We picked up our rental car and made a run for the French border. We got to Mulhouse in time to visit the Christmas market (vin chaud!) followed by a … Continue reading

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