Book review: The Lost Family

I enjoyed this novel that spans three decades, told through the voices of three members of the same family. Peter Rashkin is the elegant, successful and enigmatic restauranteur of 1960s’ New York. The A-list crowd flocks to his Manhattan eatery, Masha’s, as much for his sophisticated European menu as for the tragic and mysterious aura…

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Medieval skyscrapers in Bologna

Italy’s Bologna, in medieval times, would have been a city filled with medieval-era “skyscrapers”. It s estimated that up to 180 towers may have existed during the medieval period. The reason for the construction of so many towers is not known. It is assumed that these constructions would have been built for defensive purposes, but…

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Proud to be 8!

Wow – an exciting EIGHT candles on my cake. Beautiful, aren’t they? Enough candles to make the cake appear full and luminous, enough years to have reached a point of some reflections on growth and what has been learned along the way. In case you’re scratching your head in confusion, I am obviously not speaking…

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Book review: Io e te

I decided to read Io e te (You and Me) by Italian author Niccolo’ Ammaniti after both of my sons read it and urged me to do the same. Years ago, I loved reading Ammaniti’s novel Io non ho paura (I’m not afraid). Unfortunately, I read other Ammaniti novels and his short story collection and…

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Views over Gubbio from atop Mount Ingino

Last week I wrote about the charming, medieval town of Gubbio – located in Italy’s Umbria region. If you’re there on a clear day (as we were), you don’t want to miss out on spectacular views over the medieval tile rooftops from the peak of Mount Ingino – a small peak of the Apennine mountains…

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I’m taking the 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge

It’s that time of year again – time to sign up for the 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I enjoy taking the challenge each year – and keeping track of the novels I read for the new year. Once again, I’ll be setting a goal of 45 books for the new year. Will you be signing…

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Medieval splendor in Gubbio

It’s been years that I’ve wanted to visit the town of Gubbio – in Italy’s Umbria region. I have travelled all throughout the pretty region of Umbria, but Gubbio is on its far eastern side, and I never managed to get there. That’s why I was so happy to visit during the Christmas break. It…

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Happy 2020!

Wishing you all a very Happy 2020! I do not know how this entire year managed to slip by so quickly, but here we are already – on the very first day of 2020. Here’s to wishing you a wonderful start to the (new) Roaring Twenties… A very happy new year to all!

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