11 September 2007

In a New York state of mind

I just wanted to let all of my friends, readers and family from NYC and Washington DC to know that I'm thinking of you today. I miss all of you terribly especially at times like this. May we all have brighter days ahead. Baci.

All countries beginning with an "I"

Do all countries beginning with an "I" have crazy roads? I've been to India and I can vouch for them when I say 'YES!' India is a wonderfully chaotic place and not one that you would necessarily go to for a completely relaxing holiday. You can find cows, camels, monkeys, children, peacocks, dogs, mules, elephants etc. on any street on any day. You learn to expect it really.

The roads are crazy enough here in Italy that I don't expect this sort of ménagerie. When I lived next to a dog breeder here it was usual to see him running his dogs by holding the lead from his scooter(!). Since I've moved more into the country now I see horse breeders running their horses from the comfort of their cars whilst holding out the reins. Is this even safe?

One of my favorite parades here is when they move the sheep to other pastures. I love that the entire road is clogged up with these bleeting white clouds. It is also a good chance to "fill the pockets with money." As they say here, "I'm not superstitious but it doesn't hurt to follow superstitious traditions." When you see sheep the tradition is to pantomime picking the sheep and putting them into your pocket for future wealth. Does it work? Who knows but it is worth a try -no?

07 September 2007

Nessun Dorma

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
-Luciano Pavarotti

The great voice of Luciano Pavarotti will sing no more. He died Thursday morning in Modena of cancer. I enjoyed his emotional intensity in his operatic voice, he could move the coldest heart to tears with "Ave Maria." He was an intense man in everything -a true bon vivant.

I appreciate how he brought his voice and talent to new genres and audiences therefore bringing the joy of opera to tender young ears. In honor of him go and experience some good music.

06 September 2007

Partial to Paris

I must admit that I am a fool for the Parisian life. Don't get me wrong there are things that I love about living in Italy but Paris -Paris is special.

From the moment the plane lands I feel transported to a much more refined style of living. Everything from the city organization to the food strikes me as well thought out. Or is this still my honeymoon period with the city of Paris?

I will leave you with a little Parisian breakfast on the terrace for thought.