Even this donkey gets it–

IMG_0057 IMG_0040 IMG_0037 IMG_0034YES!  Even this donkey in Castro dei Volsci, Italy understands that there is beauty all around us no matter where we are, and we must appreciate it each and every day.  Blue skies, cloudy skies, ups, downs, curves in your path, the people around you, etc. and so on. . .all of these are worthy of our gratitude, and they are all totally manageable.  So, don’t be a jackazz. . .breathe some air. . .and enjoy being here NOW.

I send out positive vibes to anyone affected by the recent violence down in Virginia and anyone anywhere affected by violence around them. . .feel these vibes. . .they are full of magic and joy.

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It’s lovely out there.

Siracusa, mon amour–

IMG_6996 IMG_6963 IMG_6930 IMG_6925Well now, here we are soakin’ up the sunshine of Siracusa on the southeast coast of Sicily. . .mmm, aaaah!  Maybe if we spend more time here then we might start learning about how tough life is here for the locals, but I gotta tell ya, I don’t feel anything tough here at the moment.  Yes, lots of ancient relics built by invaders: Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Normans, etc. that supposedly Sicilians have a conflicted relationship with. . .yes, lots of rocks…tons of rocks. . .yes, the sun is harsh and brutal at midday. . .yes to all of this, yet we feel a serenity and a resilience here, too, that is grabbing onto us, gouging its hooks into us, daring us to stay.  During our next visit we will accept that dare and see what’s what.  But until then, Siracusa simply sits in my mind’s eye knowing it will still be here long after we are not.

I send you alluring vibes from Siracusa, Sicily. . .feel them. . .they will make you sit up a little straighter today.

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It’s lovely out there.

Crab boil…NYC–

IMG_7425IMG_7429 IMG_7426IMG_7431BAM!  Yes, we are here in the big city, and yes, we want our crab boil. . .soooo, we head over to a joint called Back Forty West on the corner of Prince and Crosby Streets in the Soho section of Manhattan where they serve up this goodness every Tuesday evening until some time in September.  They have it all: cornbread, corn-on-the-cob, herbed potatoes, and endless buckets of crabs boiled in a nice Old Bay broth. . .mmm, aaaahh!  All of this is washed down with beverages of your choice. . .we go with the fifteen dollar pitcher  of Lion’s Head Pilsener–totally tasty and perfect with this food.  My only complaint is that the crabs are not as spicy as I would like them to be, but this is not enough to keep me from recommending this dining destination to you. . .you gotta buy your tickets online, just go to backfortywest.com, click on the crab boil tab, and get ready to do some major gobbling down in the heart of Soho. . .also, get ready to make some new friends cuz it’s communal seating–yee-haaaaw!!

I send you crab-pickin’ vibes from Back Forty West in New York City. . .feel them. . .they are worth the work.

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It’s lovely out there.

#1 wine cellar…Ristorante San Domenico–

IMG_0067 IMG_0061 IMG_0058 IMG_0054Oh boy, what a treat!  We are allowed a tour of the wine cellar here at the great restaurant called San Domenico in Imola, Italy. . .niiice!  There are hundreds of dusty bottles waiting for some lucky persons, maybe us, to order them up and suck them down.  We actually do pretty well with our 1982 Emilia-Romagna red from some vintner that I cannot now remember.  But what I do remember–what I will never forget–is the first fragrant whiff of our red as it sits in my extremely large wine glass, maybe the largest wine glass that I have ever sipped out of, and the way this fragrance whisks me away to a place of calm and contentment for the hours it takes us to consume our meal.  I love the wine cellar and the wines of San Domenico, and you will too if you ever find yourself dining here.

I send you transporting vibes from Ristorante San Domenico. . .feel them. . .they are full of magic and earthiness.

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Finding your roots–

IMG_5606IMG_5585  IMG_5604 IMG_5605BAM!  One of my great-grandfathers, a dude called Loreto Neroni, was born in Castro dei Volsci back in 1890.  I am here 125 years later walking in his footsteps and seeing what’s what.  Most people here look like cousins of mine. . .it feels like I am related to nearly everyone in town. . .and everyone is eager to help me learn more about this place and her people–most wonderful!  Who knew that exploring one’s roots could be so fun?  Not I, but I know now. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

I send you interconnected vibes from Castro dei Volsci, Lazio region, Italy. . .feel them. . .they are good for you.

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#1 inn…Castro dei Volsci–

IMG_5561 IMG_0002 IMG_5566 IMG_5568WOW!  My great-grandfather was born in this town: Castro dei Volsci.  Castro is located about sixty kilometers south of Rome, and it is cozy and lovely.  The number one place to stay here is an old farmhouse inn called La Locanda del Ruspante which is owned and operated by a wonderful couple called Pasqualino and Antonella. . .their son Diego helps out as much as he can.  You can take cooking classes, tour the surrounding countryside, or just chill out and eat all of the fabulous food that they serve up here. . .mmm, aaahh, I like the last option–when is lunch?

I send you delightful vibes from Ruspante here in Castro dei Volsci. . .feel them. . .you don’t have to have a relative from here to fully enjoy them.

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Dozza, hills, and red–

IMG_5911IMG_5909 IMG_5908IMG_5930We’re just toolin’ around over here in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy seeing what we can see.  We particularly like a town called Dozza because it is full of golden rolling hills with hay growing, grasses growing, breezes blowing, and the sun shining down on us all day long.  Every now and then we stop for a well-dressed totally tricked-out bottle of red. . .a bowl or two of pasta. . .a chit-chat with restaurant proprietors. . .mmm, aaaah!  Feeling so alive and at ease and contented we move on in search of more of the same.  No mission other than the continued enjoyment of the passage of time with a little beauty and deliciousness thrown in here and there.

I send you settled vibes from Dozza. . .feel them. . .they are just about all you need.

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