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STENDHAL SYNDROME

STENDHAL SYNDROME

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the beauty of a piece of art? In other words, have you ever experienced Stendhal Syndrome? I was hit with a double dose recently when I viewed the picture of the sculpted torso above – First, for the dynamic power of the sculpture,...

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STARVING IN ITALY

STARVING IN ITALY

In the last post, I noted that if you can afford a panino, you can afford a ticket to La Scala. But sadly, not everyone can afford a sandwich. I thank my favorite 11 year old Brooklyn for this post. When Brooklyn first heard about my blog, she googled Starving for...

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LA SCALA FOR THE FIRST TIME

LA SCALA FOR THE FIRST TIME

I grew up with parents who loved opera. Every Saturday afternoon, my father would set up a card table in the family room with his large FM stereo radio. Then he would sit down with the ever-present piles of paperwork from his office and work to LIVE FROM THE MET....

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HENRI BEYLE AKA STENDHAL

HENRI BEYLE AKA STENDHAL

Ever since since I arrived in Milan for the first time in May 1800 I have loved that city.   There I knew the greatest happiness and the greatest pain; there above all I had my first experience of pleasure, which makes a place a home.   There I desire to...

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TRACKING DOWN SAN LORENZO

TRACKING DOWN SAN LORENZO

As noted last week, remembering birthdays and other important days is an element of la bella figura. Earlier this year, my husband Lorenzo and I each qualified for brutta figura when we forgot his brother Livio’s onomastico, or his saint day. No WhatsApp call, no...

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OH JUST ONE LAST THING

OH JUST ONE LAST THING

You may have noticed I sometimes find it handy to stick additional bits of information at the end of a post with  Oh, Just One Last Thing. Sometimes the last bit is directly related to the topic of the day. Other times, it's just one more thing I have in mind to say....

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