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  • Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

    Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby There is no scarcity of personal memoirs of World War II. Yet Eric Newby’s narrative of war, escape, love, and peasant farmers in Italy’s Apennine mountains in 1944 has lasted thirty… Read full article

  • Provence by Lawrence Durrell

    Provence by Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell belongs to a group of travel writers who go back to the British expatriates of the early and mid-20th century. He lived most of his life in the Mediterranean region and has left a… Read full article

  • To the Ends of the Earth by Paul Theroux

    To the Ends of the Earth by Paul Theroux One of my favorite things about airports is visiting their bookstores. I like to wander among the cramped aisles in search of something to read during the long hours passed crossing… Read full article

  • Timeline by Michael Crichton

    Timeline by Michael Crichton I first visited Costa Rica in March of 1993 and I did so by bicycle. I can still picture my ride at the end of Arenal Lake after a long, beautiful day with the lake’s namesake… Read full article

  • Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain by Jack Hitt

    Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain by Jack Hitt Off the Road is often called "irreverent" as Hitt makes fun of himself and others as pilgrims. Yet most of the pilgrims he meets… Read full article

  • Patagonia – A Tour Leader’s …

    As an Argentine-American who has spent life moving around the world since childhood, I am fortunate to say that I live in a truly marvelous part of the world. Bariloche, in the Patagonian Lakes District, still takes my breath away… Read full article

  • Italian Cycling Culture

    Italian Cycling Culture by Sylva Florence So, you’re planning a trip to Italy. A friend suggested riding bikes would be a good way to delve into the secrets of the Italian countryside… sample the wine, feel the warm Mediterranean sun… Read full article

  • French Béchamel Sauce

    Ingredients: 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/3 cup flour 2 cups milk 1/2 cup grated cheese or more salt and pepper to taste la technique Melt the butter or margarine in sauce pan. Add flour and stir with wisk, or… Read full article

  • Super Easy Bruschetta

    Super Easy Bruschetta This is a quick and easy appetizer that is consistently pronounced wrong by wait staff in restaurants in the US. Say “brew-sket’-ta” not “brewsheta.” Note that the “ch” is a hard “k” sound in Italian, not a… Read full article

  • Baba Ganoush (Eggplant & Tahini Dip)

    Baba Ganoush (Eggplant & Tahini Dip)         1 Medium to Large Eggplant   1 to Four Cloves of Garlic (chopped)   2 Tbsp. Tahini (Sesame Paste)   2 – 4 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt   1 – 4… Read full article

  • Travel Photography: A Selection of Books & Resources

    Travel Photography: A Selection of Books & Resources Winter comes to the Colorado Front Range sometime in November. For me, it’s always sort of a sad time, because it means putting away my bike for the winter and finding something… Read full article

  • The Words of Bernfrieda, A Chronicle of Hauteville by Gabriella Brooke

    The Words of Bernfrieda, A Chronicle of Hauteville by Gabriella Brooke NOTE: For those of you traveling with us to Southern Italy, or simply interested in finding out more about this region, we’ve included an annotated reading list at the… Read full article

  • Ribollita

    This traditional Tuscan soup is the perfect way to get a hefty serving of greens and to turn leftover bread into a hearty dish. The best part, this soup only gets more flavorful with time, make a big batch and… Read full article

  • House of Niccolo; by Dorothy Dunnet

    House of Niccoló by Dorothy Dunnet I have a friend who was so taken with Dorothy Dunnett’s eight volume series based on the travels of a 15th century Flanders businessman and adventurer that she planned a trip around his base… Read full article

  • Risotto Con Scampi

    Risotto Con Scampi   One of the secrets for a good risotto is to coat the rice well with the oil or butter, (and the onions) at the very beginning of the cooking, before you put any liquid. Another is… Read full article

  • Galette des Rois

    Galette des Rois There are two main cakes prepared for this occasion: a brioche type stuffed and decorated with gorgeous candied fruits, and a puff pastry with almond filling. This recipe is for the northern-style pastry and almond cake. One… Read full article

  • Tapenade

    Tapenade   Olives have been an integral part of France’s Provence region since 600 B.C. when the Greeks first brought olive trees to the area. The universal symbol of peace, the olive also represents rebirth, purity and goodness. Ingredients:  … Read full article

  • Aunt Angiolina’s Bean Soup

    Aunt Angiolina’s Bean Soup This soup has been one of my favorites since I was a child. Although I spent several weeks at the farm every summer when I was growing up, this is a dish that is not made… Read full article