Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Garden That Once Upon a Time Wasn’t There

All Italian fairy tales start with C’era una volta…  (Once upon a time…).  Il Giardino Che Non C’era is the memoir of the garden a young woman and her husband created in what was once a wasteland.  As I read Miki Borghese’s … Continue reading

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Strolling Around an Ancient Island and a Lesson on Making Fishy Birds

‘The greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all’ is how Cicero, no slouch when it came to all things Hellenistic, described Syracuse.  Since he died an untimely death in 43 B.C. at the hands of Mark Anthony’s … Continue reading

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Hot Ruins and a Cool River

If ever there was a good place to be when plans to visit gardens fizzled out, Il Limoneto was it.  There was so much else to see in the surrounding area.  Not surprising for a place that was settled 2700 … Continue reading

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Flowery – but not Florid – Street Art

Once I had my stay at Il Limoneto all sorted out, I started looking at how to get to the various places I wanted to visit in the area.   One of them was the Val di Noto, about 40 km to … Continue reading

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