A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

It’s Time to Pause…continued – Part 2

 …to reminisce, to indulge more fully than was possible at the time, in the delicious afterglow of so many happy memories of 2017. More than making New Year resolutions, I like to take a look back on the past year to remember, to put in perspective, to fully understand, to appreciate, to reflect…and to be grateful!  I especially like to …


A Winter Vacation – Part 2

To those of you who are kind and generous enough to follow my blog, to encourage me by leaving a comment from time to time, please accept my apologies:  I left you dangling after “A Winter Vacation – Part 1″ without continuing to Part 2 and Part 3, etc.  Hoping that late is better than never…please let me continue, hoping you …


Presepi d’Italia – Massa Martana

A  true highlight of this holiday season was the near-by, outstanding Massa Martana National Nativity Scene Exhibition:  along the main road which winds and climbs through the small hamlet (nominated along with Bevagna and Montefalco as one of “Most Beautiful Small Towns in Italy”) there were 25 “stations” (medieval structures which were/are normally in disuse) that served as “grotte” , …


La Befana / Epiphany Holiday

The Befana holiday on the Epiphany marks the traditional end of the long Christmas holiday season in Umbria.  While it is celebrated with yet another big meal, the menu is not as fixed as the Christmas Day or New Year’s Day meals.  Most often it is my pleasure to offer the extended family the luncheon on this day.  This year …