My Kasbah

It’s been a while since I wrote about my adventures and the reason is that I was busy moving to the desert. Palm Springs is what I call home now and the Kasbah will be my main residence for a couple of years or so. Although this beautiful resort area is only two hours away…

New York, New York

My trip to New York has been all about humanity this time. I was so humbled to be able to attend meetings on the status of women at the United Nations through the UN Women Chapter I belong to. This conference gave me an insight and invaluable information on topics that I am very passionate…

Bellezza in Bicicletta

I can’t think of any better weekend activity than riding my new Alice & Olivia bicycle around town. My colorful, girlie bike has quickly become my favorite means of transportation to see different neighborhoods and landscapes up close. The duke and I have been enjoying exploring Silverlake by going for long bike rides around the reservoir,…

Hello Oscars!

I’ve been so busy with life but I’m happy to have found some time to cover Hollywood’s biggest event of the year: the Oscars. The weeks leading to the award ceremony are filled with excitement — you can feel it in the air and you can see it at every store and cafe’ window, restaurant,…

Ciao Italia

I can’t believe it’s been this long … but here I am, in Italy, at last. I finally got over the jet lag and the cold weather and I’m fully enjoying my hometown, Bassano del Grappa, with my family. Last time I was here was over three years ago and I immediately noticed many changes:…

Cinema Italian Style

Around this time of the year, I have the opportunity and pleasure to dive into familiar dialects, expressions, places, and traditions that wake my senses and memories. During the film festival, Cinema Italian Style, I get to see all the classic and new movies that depict stories and characters wrapped in the historical or contemporary…

Little India

In the quiet city of Artesia, 20 miles south of Los Angeles, there’s a four-block stretch that teleports to the heart of India. On Pioneer Boulevard, from street 184th to 188th, spices, colors, scents, and sounds will trick your brain into thinking that you’re living the real Indian experience. There are countless restaurants, sari boutiques,…

Happy Halloween!!

The time preceding All Hallow’s Eve is filled with a kind of excitement that surpasses any other festivities. Halloween is not only everyone’s favorite tradition in the States, but it’s become a holiday celebrated in many other countries around the world. What makes this holiday huge here, though, is the big Hollywood-style productions of many…

Oktoberfest!!

I love Fall. Not only for the crisp air, the chestnuts, the pumpkin lattes, and the trees’ lively shades of red, yellow, and orange, but also for the many joyous celebrations happening especially in October. One of my favorite ones is Oktoberfest, the annual 16-day beer festival held in Munich, Bavaria. Growing up, I spent…

Grand Park

Many major cities have lush parks and gardens that are landmarks and prime tourist destinations. New York’s Central Park is a major attraction and literally the “green lung” of this concrete urban jungle. Chicago has numerous parks and areas richly decorated with fountains and contemporary sculptures and installations. One of them, Millennium Park, is the most electrifying and stimulating;…

The Lobster Festival

For big seafood lovers like me, there’s an annual event not to miss: the awesome Lobster Festival in San Pedro. Only 20 minutes from downtown L.A., the Port of Los Angeles transforms itself into a three-day Lob Fest affair with live music, pirates, and giant lobsters (both inflatable and real if you pick the VIP meal). We…

The Rose Bowl Flea Market

Last Sunday, I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, also called the “world’s most unusual flea market, the shopping place of the stars”, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Rose Bowl, a stadium built in the 1920s, has hosted numerous football games (including some of the 1984 Olympics games and the 1994 Soccer World…