The Art of Seeing

“I don’t want to spend part of my holiday standing in front of a painting!” Having spent practically my entire college career studying art from the world’s great scholars, A little part of me died when my dinner partner uttered those words last week.

Then I took a deep breath and realized maybe he was right. Why stand in line at the Louvre, then fight the crowds to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa  – when you could see it stress free online?

Even David Sedaris, the humorist, author and New Yorker contributor, whom I adore, said: “(The Louvre) just doesn’t interest me. I mean, I think so many people come here, and they feel like they have to do certain things because somebody told them […]

May 12th, 2017|Destinations, Paris, Rome, Venice|2 Comments

A Bit of Rome: Walks of Italy, Campo dei Fiori style

I’m not a food blogger per se but I do like to eat and where is better to eat than in Rome?  It’s home to all my favorite pasta dishes: arrabbiata, amatriciana, cacio e pepe, and carbonara!  So I jumped at the chance to take part in a Walks of Italy food tour.  Eating and drinking while wandering the streets of the Campo dei Fiori, a part of Rome I didn’t know at all, was my idea of heaven.

The morning just couldn’t have started any better.  I had slept like a bambina in my amazing suite at the lovely Babuino 181, a small but luxurious boutique hotel owned by my friend of at least 25 years the hotelier Alberto Moncada.  The cappuccino was perfect, the bath huge, the pillows down and what a […]

November 25th, 2014|Destinations, Italy, Rome|5 Comments

A Bit of Italy: the Perfect Evening in Rome

The Piazza di Spagna glimmering at dusk
Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Roma – they are all the same in my book – Italian glamor girls of the 50s & 60s: past their prime, a bit jaded, a bit old-school, but still sexy enough to enjoy a great night.  It is a wonderful, magical, crazy place filled with more treasures than I can write down in just one post…it takes a lifetime of visits to see everything and she will always surprise you.


June 29th, 2014|Destinations, Italy, Rome|10 Comments