Piemonte Region in Italy

Alba - temple ruins

Alba Italy Alba Italy, in the Piemonte region was settled more than 2,000 years ago. It began to grow as a stop on a Roman road and became prosperous as an independent city-state in the 11th century. The city was fought over and changed hands several times over the subsequent centuries. It earned the nickname, [Read more …]

Turin Italy

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When in Northern Italy, why not stop in Turin (Torino in Italian). Our first stop right outside the city was at the Basilica di Superga, for a very quick visit to this beautiful, 18th-century Baroque masterpiece on a hill overlooking Turin. The façade of the yellow and white structure was overwhelmed by huge, Classical temple-like [Read more …]

Lake Maggiore Italy

Arona bronze statue of St. Charles Borromeo

Lake Maggiore is the second largest of Italy’s lakes (after Lake Garda, and just before Lake Como), The lake is at the border of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps, at its northern part and with Piemonte at its south. The hillsides, relatively gentle in the south and steep in the north are filled with vegetation [Read more …]

Lake Como Italy Part 2

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Tremezzo Italy Lake Como is so beautiful and peaceful. Tremezzo is one beautiful area, located on the west side of Lake Como. Like many other towns on Lake Como, it is easily accessible by ferry boats. Tremezzo is known primarily for one highlight: Villa Carlotta Villa Carlotta is a beautiful, three-story, 18th-century summer home built [Read more …]

Lake Como Italy

Bellagio lake front

Lake Como Region Lake Como is a beautiful, tranquil glacial mountain lake in the foothills of the Alps (northern Italy) that is shaped like wishbone. It is a beautiful place to recharge. We drove up the west side of the eastern leg of the lake, from the industrial city of Lecco to the beautiful resort [Read more …]

Milan Italy

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Milan Italy is known for fashion, for opera (especially in the form of the La Scala opera theater) and as the business center of Europe. It is not especially regarded for its beauty, its cuisine or as a tourist destination. It is, however, home to at least two truly world-class attractions (in addition to performances [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Sighisoara Romania

Sighisoara clock tower

Sighisoara Romania One of our last stops in Transylvania Romana was Sighisoara. This walled town was founded in the 12th century by German craftsmen and merchants. The town, built on the site of a Roman fort, grew rapidly and became one of Transylvania’s most important commercial and artistic centers. Its growing role required enhanced fortifications, [Read more …]

Romania Fortified Churches

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Bierton Fortified Church We have visited fortified towns and fortresses that have churches within their walled perimeters, and even fortified monasteries; but churches that are themselves fortified? This was our first. Fortified churches, of which there are approximately 150 in Transylvania alone, are effectively poor-man’s fortified towns. Unable to afford or justify the expense of [Read more …]

Sibiu Romania

Sibiu Museum of Natural History Brukenthal

Sibiu Romania Sibiu Romania is a town founded in the late 12th century by Saxon settlers, It has a wall built atop fortifications initially constructed in 1241 to protect the town from Tartar attacks. The town grew into prosperous commercial, crafts and eventually glass blowing center. In fact, as evidenced by its Guild House and [Read more …]