Category Archives: Art and Culture

Mediterranean Mother Lode

In Sicily I often wonder, “Where are the women?” Sometimes it seems they’re behind closed doors, as men stroll the streets in affectionate pairs and groups. At last, we find the mother lode of Sicilian women in Catania at the … Continue reading

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Festa!

Here in Sicily, whatever the season and no matter where you are, there is a festival gearing up somewhere. Lucky for us, our little city of Noto is no exception. Every town has a patron saint — Palermo has Santa Rosalia, … Continue reading

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Magnifici Mosaici

In case you think all we do here is eat and drink, you are only half right. Here are images from a day among the astonishing mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale, in the very small town of Piazza … Continue reading

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ChoccOfficina Noto

This sun-drenched sleepy corner of Sicily is our home for a month. When we’re not pinching ourselves, we walk the ancient streets at a leisurely pace. We live here and are not in a hurry. We have coffee, dawdle over books, … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a Red Christmas

I arrive to a grim, gray and blizzardy Manhattan. I am longing to see RED. I trot to Museum of American Folk Art‘s exhibition of bright geometric quilts created by recuperating soldiers from wool uniforms — cleverly named, “War and … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest: Bainbridge Island & Port Townsend

We ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island, home of Lone Pine Farm & Studio and a long-awaited and highly touted Pino’s pizza from Via Rosa — both worth the wait. Art on the Farm Our island adventure begins at … Continue reading

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Simmering in Seattle

Left-coast at last! The speedy light rail rockets us downtown to the sprawling waterfront by 11:30 — just in time for lunch with La Rachel at pastificio Il Corvo.“You’re in for a treat,” La Rachel says. As always, she is … Continue reading

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