July 29, 2016

Salento: Italy’s Best Kept Secret | Roma to Sonoma

  Years ago, I lived in the seaside village of Otranto, Italy, and studied Italian at Porta d’Oriente, a school that advertised a half-day sea/half-day school approach to learning. Since then, I have dreamt of this region of Italy known as Salento. It seems God has blessed this part of Italy with special treasures: turquoise water, rock cliffs, long stretches of natural beaches, and bleached-white buildings that make up the tiny villages that hang over the sea. This is all topped off with a special southern hospitality which its natives lavish on visitors. I fell in love with the seemingly untouched beauty, the seafood and the spice that I was…

July 24, 2016

Roma to Sonoma – Traveling the Vineyards from Italy to California

“Across Sonoma Mountain, wisps of sea fog are stealing.  The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky.  I have everything to make me glad I am alive.” – Jack London Disclaimer:  I am freshly in love with northern Sonoma County, so excuse me in advance if I am overly effusive. San Francisco and the California wine country have been my go-to American vacation spots for the last year or so and this obsession culminated in my recent move here after returning to the US from living in Italy for many years.   Every time I visited this area I fell more in love with the extraordinary combination of fantastic climate, laid-back…