A Pearl of the Mediterranean

There’s quite a few Pearls of the Mediterranean, Corsica, Alexandria, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and more, but Taormina is a particularly lustrous pearl. It spills down a steep hillside to the…

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Frolicking among the Fumaroles

Walk on the crater of a live volcano? My partner was dead keen. Me? Mmm …. maybe. So we did it. The big sweetener for me was I’ve written about…

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Far Breton, a Cake for Keeping out the Cold

Like scent, some tastes transport you to a place and time, vivid reminders of a person or an experience. I love this quicksilver experience. The taste of Strega and the…

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At the Base of the Language Mountain

After finishing a Bachelor of Arts at university in the early nineteen eighties I did what every self-respecting, newly graduated member of my peer group did and took off for…

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