Wellness in Matera, Italy

The dwellings have evolved from the rudimentary caverns of the Paleolithic period to sophisticated structures with multiple rooms and elaborately carved facades. The sensuous ambiance and spectacular location perched high above the ravine make it ideal for a romantic get-away, an inspiring yoga retreat or a fairy tale wedding…  

Travel Journal: If the boot fits…

Giovanni has been rubbing oil on my back and now begins making his way down each leg, whispering, “belli piedi . . . cara mia” ––something about giving me a foot massage, I think. I drowsily nod and smile, assured by his tone that I will enjoy whatever he is proposing. The sun is warm on my face and closing my eyes…

Dream Day

I love to explore another place, another culture, another way of doing things.  I always return with a fresh perspective and charged with creative energy…

Recipe: Truffle Bruschetta

On a six week stay in Tuscany and while making my way through several recipe books in the cucina of my wee appartamento, I came across…

Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct

We vacation with the hope of leaving behind the stress of our regular life and our mundane responsibilities. We travel to escape, to get away from it all. Sometimes we may even fantasize about leaving behind our everyday personalities and behaving in a completely unprecedented, uninhibited fashion…

Around the World – Portugal

These gorgeous images are from Pratos e Travessas—food, photography and stories, by the multi-talented, Mónica Pinto…

Appennino by Giambologna

Giambologna’s largest work, the mountain god, Appennino (1577)…In his Voyage en Italie, Michel de Montaigne described the construction of this new divinity of the Mannerist pantheon: “they are building the body of a giant whose eyeball is three cubits large.” …