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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Explore, Dream and Discover!

















Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
Mark Twain

Each time I travel to Italy I’m captivated by the history, the food, the din of tourists, the cafes, the shops…

Meandering through the spattered towns of Lake Como, the waterways of Venice, the hillsides of Tuscany, the museums of Florence, the seaside towns of the Amalfi coast and finally the pearl of the Mediterranean, Taormina, I marveled at the age of this boot shaped nation. How many people had stepped upon the cobbled stones, sat on the wooden pews in the thousands of churches, peddled their wares in the markets, and fought battles on the road side? Everywhere I turned there was evidence of their existence; the lives they’d lived, the children they’d born, their struggles, and triumphs.

I couldn't begin to pick one particular place as a favorite. Each stop held its own allure but there was one family farm, in Tuscany that made me feel like I’d stepped back in time. Nestled at the foot of San Gimignano, the small paradise still holds much of the old traditions of making wine, raising Chianina cattle, pigs, bees, saffron and olives. I’m certain there are countless places, such as Fattoria Poggia Allora in Italy.

An entire lifetime would not be enough to explore them all but I’m certainly going to try.

 Safe journeys!