Dining in Paradise

In these times of Post-Covid (not so sure it is really “post”), businesses need to reinvent themselves. Restaurants in particular, with their necessity to keep customers “socially distanced” can really be a challenge. Moreover, most fancy weddings, where canceled or postponed; see Princess Beatrice of England and her Italian beau, for example.  Weddings cancellations was […]

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Wine Tasting in Paradise

What’s best to do in these times of restrictions than a visit a winery for an afternoon of wine-tasting, immersed in green surroundings. We craved fresh air and sunshine, an invitation to visit a small winery in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, was a welcomed surprise.  Paradiis Winery Paradiis Winery was founded at the end of […]

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Yes, We Are Open (and Squeaky Clean)

Benvenuti We are open for business now! We can travel anywhere we like within Italy, and we have opened our borders to all EU countries. Though not all EU countries have opened their borders. But it is just a matter of time. First Day Out June 2 is a national holiday and a good occasion […]

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We Can Walk!

Running and walking Walking and running are now permitted if we stay within 500 meters from our homes. That’s not much at all, but it is way better than nothing. Also wearing a mask is a priority—and I’m ok with that. Well, not running really with the mask, but again it is an allowance much […]

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Resilient Venzone

Venzone is on the list of the most beautiful villages, hence a place to see. Like all others, Venzone only has about 2000 habitants. A lovely village at the foot of the Alps, which gives it a stunning background to the houses. Venzone was declared National Monument in 1965 because it is a unique fortified […]

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Illegio–Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Illegio is a tiny village that looks like just out of a fairy tale. A small treasure trove of art, a splendid gem set in the Carnia mountains, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.  Arriving in this ancient village (which was probably a fortress back in old times),  means entering a peaceful fragment of the […]

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Wine Labels

Little attention is dedicated to the artistic side of the wine label. Yet the labels are designed with care, research, and talent by many artists whose name is nowhere to be seen. There are many remarkable labels, both, for the Italian production, and international. Italian wines, particularly those most renowned, tend to maintain traditional labeling […]

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The Dolomites; Rocks or Clouds…

“Are they rocks or are they clouds?” Are they true or is it a dream? “ Dino Buzzati, an Italian writer and novelist. From “What are the Dolomites?” The Dolomites, also called pale mountains, are a group of mountain groups of the Eastern Alps. Located between Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli; among the provinces of […]

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The Fight over a Wine Name

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region–Italy’s north-easternmost region–has an important production of wines. In a total of eight Doc and Docg areas, all located in the southern area of the region between hills and plains close to the sea, quality wines are produced such as Ramandolo, Colli Orientali del Friuli in its numerous variations, Collio Bianco […]

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The Best Italian Wines

ITALIAN WINES Italy is a world leader in the production of wines, especially quality wines. It is difficult to talk about a definitive ranking because in Italy the tendency of wine producers is to continuously improve, day after day and even the rankings we often see new wines come to the fore. HOW TO MOVE […]

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Spessa–A Castle and Winery

The Best For Last The last stop on this one-day tour of the oriental part of Italy that borders Slovenia was a stop at the Castle of Spessa. A place I truly loved, where I’d love to spend a long weekend as spring settles in. The origins of this castle dates back to the 1200s, […]

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Gorizia—The Back Door of Italy

Gorizia is a border town located at the foot of the Julian Alps, bordering Slovenia. Until 2004 it was physically divided by a wall, just like Berlin. It was not a wall though, rather a fence. Nevertheless Gorizia was practically divided; half italian and half [then] Yugoslavia, now Slovenia. The twin town across the border […]

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