Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part II

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The front entrance to Porta Nuova train station in Turin, Italy

The first day of Turin Epicurian Capital 2018

This is it! Day one of why I am here, and I am nervous.

A taxi returns me to Porta Nuova train station, neighbour to the hotel that is to be my base for Turin Epicurian Capital 2018.

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Trip to Torino (Turin, Italy): Part 1

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

View of the Alps shortly before landing in Turin, Italy

The gleam of snow on dark peaks fills the window for long minutes, then disappears beneath a carpet of greens.

As the aeroplane turns on its wingtip, grids of brown appear, stacked close to the lush curves of the Po River.

We land gently.

“Ladies and Gentlemen – welcome to Turin!”

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Book Review: Return to Naples by Robert Zweig, Ph.D

Return to Naples - My Italian Bar Mitzvah and Other Discoveries by Robert Zweig PhD

Return to Naples – My Italian Bar Mitzvah and Other Discoveries by Robert Zweig PhD

I loved this book and its collection of carefully told memories. If you know Naples, or are curious about the city, this is an easy, fascinating read – a surprisingly gentle ride around a family and a city scarred by war.

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