27 October, 2017

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul

Chicken Potato Soup For Your Soul
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The news program we watch in the morning for the weather and sports led off with a human interest story about comfort food. This time of year (Fall) it’s soup, stew, and chowder season ( depending on where in the country or world you live). And what is one of the most popular comfort foods?
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10 October, 2017

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz

The Soup Loop – Vegetables With Pizzaz
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I’m getting on my Soup Box today to talk about this scrumptious vegetable soup. It’s uber healthy for starters. It’s an easy way to use up the garden vegetable surplus (has reality hit yet that you planted one too many zucchini plants this year?). It can be adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan and
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2 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town
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A lazy start to our morning – so unusual for us – it was great. An older man was mopping the entrance floors and the stairs when we were going out – navigating wet stairs before coffee was fun. But wait! We left our room around 10:30 and returned at 10:45 because I forgot the
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1 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour
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Woke up this morning literally with a very cold shower. Apparently last night there was a gas leak in the apartment building and the gas was turned off at some point. Even though Antimo got up and turned it back on, I wasn’t able to get any warm water. Oh well, I moved a little
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30 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica
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The last day of our Roman adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Pyramid of Cestius. We took the metro to meet Luigi, an architect who lives in Rome near Piramide. He was coming with us to Ostia Antica. He told us about this pyramid which looked new against the backdrop of the ancient city.
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29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
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To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
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24 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family
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All weather reports predicted a rain storm today, but we all took our positive attitudes to the beach so we could enjoy one more day.  Antimo conducted an impromptu exercise class with breathing, stretching, a little yoga, a few movements with weights and resistance bands, and voila! It wasn’t as if we didn’t need it
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16 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around
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Our hosts for lunch and a cooking class are Damiano and Moira. They live in Alpo, a little town in the area of Villafranca di Verona. They are a most gracious family and welcomed us into their home. Antimo knew Damiano from his Italian army days. Pearà (sort of a bread soup) is a specialty of this
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14 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble

2017 – Verona Day 2 – The Streets Are Paved in Marble
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The feature picture of today’s post is of a building with original frescos that date back to the 1500’s. I can’t imagine not painting the outside of your house for hundreds of years. With the Portland weather we’ve repainted our house twice in 11 years! Ricardo thought it was great that the apartment owner had
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11 September, 2017

2017 – Venice Day 2 – Touring Around Town & Walking On Water

2017 – Venice Day 2 – Touring Around Town & Walking On Water
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Our hotel in Venice is really quite nice. We have a view of a canal and the room is decorated very “Venetian” style. The chandelier that lights our room is made of very ornate glass. We met up with Lorenzo (our city guide) and other people from Portland (Nancy, Mike & Ellen) that are joining
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9 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 6 – Saturday Market

2017 – Volterra Day 6 – Saturday Market
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Mercato di Sabato (Saturday Market) The local weekly markets in Italy are so much fun. It seems like most cities of a reasonable size have these markets one day a week. We planned our time here in Volterra so we could experience this one. It’s really small scale compared to Portland’s Saturday Market and maybe only
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8 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina

2017 – Volterra Day 5 – Cecina
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We had absolutely nothing pre-planned for today. After doing a bit of laundry and hanging everything on the line – like they do here in Italy – we decided to head for the sea. Lunch today would be Fruti di Mare (fruit of the sea aka seafood), pesce (fish), or whatever! We were headed to
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