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William Penn and the city of Love at the Philadelphia History Museum

January 28, 2017 While in Philadelphia for my wife’s swearing in as an Italian citizen we visited the Philadelphia History Museum.  They show a good video about the city’s founding.  See link at bottom, first in a series. Penn was… Continue Reading →

Aranjuez, the summer palace of the Spanish royalty | Summer Palace Aranjuez, Spain

Aranjuez is just south of Madrid and home to the summer palace.  It was built in the second half of the 16th century under Phillip II.  The town was originally inhabited only by the court but now is a small… Continue Reading →

Wines of Northern Italy

Wines of Piedmonte, in the north of Italy I did not realize how complex the matter of Piedmont wine is when I became interested while in Turin (Torino in Italian). What intrigued me were the lightly bubbly wines we were… Continue Reading →

Cuisine piedmontese

Piedmont is especially known for its wide variety of antipasto, meats and especially raw beef, truffles,  and is the home of grissini, the breadsticks you can get in some many places of the world.   It is close to the… Continue Reading →

Torino (Turin), historically important and a surprisingly entertaining city in northern Italy

Torino (Turin), historically important and a surprisingly entertaining city in northern Italy   Turin is more than the home of the Shroud of Turin and the home of one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, Fiat-Chrysler.  It is also home… Continue Reading →

A terrific baroque building: Basilika Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches)

A terrific baroque building: Basilika* Mariatrost, Graz (with sketches) July 2016 The lovely Mariatrost Basilica is a baroque style building on top of the Purberg hill, a steep climb from the bus stop including some 225 steps.  There’s a lovely… Continue Reading →

Salzburg

June 2016 There’s enough to see and do in Salzburg, Austria for the three days we were there, although beyond that I am less optimistic.  It’s certainly attractive enough for longer term living but a bit on the small side,… Continue Reading →

Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, Austria | Schloss Eggenberg

A Baroque masterpiece and World Heritage Site, Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria is a treasure of the Baroque and, to a lesser extent, the Rococo period of the Baroque epoch, which is the last development in the as well as the… Continue Reading →

Graz’s Museums

Graz’s Museums For a city of a mere 300,000, Graz has a large number of museums.   Boys will no doubt be attracted to the Armory, which holds an extensive collection of medieval armory worn by the knights.  We skipped… Continue Reading →

Graz, Austria, a small city that is home to dozens of museums

June 2016 After an overnight in Dusseldorf, we flew in a prop jet into the small airpport in Graz, Austria.  It’s a tiny airport, and but a 10 minute walk to train station.  Before long we were exiting the system… Continue Reading →

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